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In McG's Superman: Flyby, Robert Downey Jr. would have been Lex Luthor

02.20.2012

Two McG stories in one day! This must be a big deal for the director, who I learned in some circles is affectionately called "the poor man's Michael Bay". Ouch.

Anyway, there was this one time that the helmer was set to do a Superman reboot before Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL hit the scene called, FLYBY. I had heard of this way back when, but instantly forgot about it as soon as the news hit my hears. If the project would have gotten off the ground, there would have been some interesting changes and Robert Downey Jr. would have been Lex Luthor.

In an interview with The Playlist, McG talks about the project that never was:

"It's not the first franchise picture McG has been attached to that almost changed the entire mythology of a beloved property. In the early aughts, McG was attached to "Flyby," a rebooting of the "Superman" series that, thanks to a boldly different take from screenwriter J.J. Abrams, would have made wholesale changes to the origins of Superman, his home planet Krypton, and his main nemesis Lex Luthor. McG ended up exiting the project when the studio was adamant about shooting in Australia. He blames his fear of flying for being "thrown off" that project, calling it his "rock-bottom" moment, which would eventually lead him to taking on his next film, the plane-crash drama "We Are Marshall," as a catharsis."

"McG says no final casting decisions had been made on the film, though he did mention one name that, we admit, we hadn't heard before. "We had Robert Downey Jr. locked up to be Lex Luthor, which I think would have been extraordinary," McG enthused. But his pick for the Big Blue Boyscout is actually much less of a surprise. "Ironically, we liked Henry Cavill a lot, but we hadn’t cast him yet," he says of the actor currently wearing the tights in the upcoming "Man Of Steel." "J.J. wrote the script, and we got that to a really good place in the end," he says of the film, the first in a proposed trilogy. "But I’m to blame for [the film not happening]."

There were also some other past details and casting decisions that were pointed out via /Film:

-They were looking at unknown actors to play Superman. Stan Winston designed a “prototype suit” and McG reportedly shot test footage with several candidates, including Jason Behr, Henry Cavill, Jared Padalecki and Michael Cassidy.

-Selma Blair and Scarlett Johansson were in talks for Lois Lane

-Shia LaBeouf was on board to play Jimmy Olsen

-LaBeouf claimed that McG wanted Johnny Depp for the role of Lex Luthor

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6:06PM on 02/22/2012
Shia Laboeuf would've been a good Jimmy olson but I don't know about any of those superman picks.
Shia Laboeuf would've been a good Jimmy olson but I don't know about any of those superman picks.
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5:09PM on 02/21/2012
So McG is the reason Flyby never happened? Than hurray for McG!
So McG is the reason Flyby never happened? Than hurray for McG!
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12:50PM on 02/21/2012

Just to poke further at the festering scabs of lies that McG tells...

Here is an article quoting McG from 2004 where is says that he FLEW to New York for location scouting and fell in love with it: [link]

Another article on We Are Marshall where producer Tom Meyer says "When I first met with McG, we flew out there together." - [link] ">
Here is an article quoting McG from 2004 where is says that he FLEW to New York for location scouting and fell in love with it: [link]

Another article on We Are Marshall where producer Tom Meyer says "When I first met with McG, we flew out there together." - [link]
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3:40PM on 02/21/2012
Not to defend McG in the slightest but he could be afraid to fly over large bodies of water. Not sure though, just a thought.
Not to defend McG in the slightest but he could be afraid to fly over large bodies of water. Not sure though, just a thought.
4:37PM on 02/21/2012
I don't think he meant he didn't ever fly, just that it scares him and filming in Australia would have required a lot of flying back and forth.
I don't think he meant he didn't ever fly, just that it scares him and filming in Australia would have required a lot of flying back and forth.
7:18PM on 02/21/2012
If you read my post below, you'll see a link where McG says that he flew to the set of Avatar in New Zealand to get advise from James Cameron (though Cameron says it never happened), and he says that he flew to the UK to personally convince Bale to be in Terminator Salvation.
If you read my post below, you'll see a link where McG says that he flew to the set of Avatar in New Zealand to get advise from James Cameron (though Cameron says it never happened), and he says that he flew to the UK to personally convince Bale to be in Terminator Salvation.
11:30AM on 02/21/2012
I'm actually a fan of McG. Oddly enough I liked Terminator Salvation as much as I was disappointed with it. If he didn't have a name that was so easy to remember I'm not so sure he would garner half the hate.
I'm actually a fan of McG. Oddly enough I liked Terminator Salvation as much as I was disappointed with it. If he didn't have a name that was so easy to remember I'm not so sure he would garner half the hate.
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11:23AM on 02/21/2012

McG DID in fact announce that he wanted Beyonce as Lois Lane.

Also, in this script Lex Luther was Kryptonian, and had all the same powers as Superman. He was sent to earth to find Superman.

Funny thing, AICN helped with a petition to stop this movie. It received over 100,000 signatures in a matter of days. One week later McG was no longer attached the project. Soon after trying to get Brett Ratner to redo the concept for Superman, the entire project fell apart. McG claims it was a fear of flying. Read this cool article where McG claims to have flown to
Also, in this script Lex Luther was Kryptonian, and had all the same powers as Superman. He was sent to earth to find Superman.

Funny thing, AICN helped with a petition to stop this movie. It received over 100,000 signatures in a matter of days. One week later McG was no longer attached the project. Soon after trying to get Brett Ratner to redo the concept for Superman, the entire project fell apart. McG claims it was a fear of flying. Read this cool article where McG claims to have flown to the UK to convince Bale to be in Terminator Salvation and how he flew to New Zealand to talk to James Cameron (which Cameron says never happened) [link]
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7:27AM on 02/21/2012
Though I don't like McG that much, I'd love to see Robert Downey, Jr. as Lex Luthor. It would be a blast.
Though I don't like McG that much, I'd love to see Robert Downey, Jr. as Lex Luthor. It would be a blast.
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1:57AM on 02/21/2012
I've read the Flyby script as well and have to thank McG for not making it then. Don't get me wrong as I love JJ Abrams but what he did with the Superman script was about as far from Superman as one could get. Even Superman Returns by comparison is genius when compared to Flyboy. I chalk it up to the studios forcing Abrams to write it and him being newer to the Hollywood system tried to do the best he could (also the money probably didn't hurt).
I've read the Flyby script as well and have to thank McG for not making it then. Don't get me wrong as I love JJ Abrams but what he did with the Superman script was about as far from Superman as one could get. Even Superman Returns by comparison is genius when compared to Flyboy. I chalk it up to the studios forcing Abrams to write it and him being newer to the Hollywood system tried to do the best he could (also the money probably didn't hurt).
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1:56AM on 02/21/2012
Ocelot_Snake: So your reason for not understanding the McG hate is that his movies get less and less shitty as he makes them?

Terminator: Salvation was garbage. Everything but the visuals were phoned in. What a waste of money and talent.

Deciding which was better between that and Charlie's Angels is like looking at two puddles of cat throwup and trying to decide which smells the least like cat throwup. Who the hell cares? They both smell like cat throwup.

Plus, watch thirty
Ocelot_Snake: So your reason for not understanding the McG hate is that his movies get less and less shitty as he makes them?

Terminator: Salvation was garbage. Everything but the visuals were phoned in. What a waste of money and talent.

Deciding which was better between that and Charlie's Angels is like looking at two puddles of cat throwup and trying to decide which smells the least like cat throwup. Who the hell cares? They both smell like cat throwup.

Plus, watch thirty seconds of the guy in an interview and you KNOW he gave himself that nickname.
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10:00AM on 02/21/2012
what can you say for ever every person out there who hates his weak ass shit he puts out there is an asshole that loves it.
what can you say for ever every person out there who hates his weak ass shit he puts out there is an asshole that loves it.
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1:10AM on 02/21/2012

I read J.J. Abrams script FLYBY

It was without a doubt the worst thing with his name on it ever...completely awful
It was without a doubt the worst thing with his name on it ever...completely awful
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12:18AM on 02/21/2012
Ive never understood the McG hate. None of his movies were bad enough on their own for all the hate and he hasnt done enough movies for me to look back on and pass any serious judgement on him. Ive only seen 3/5 of them and Ive seen nothing but improvement from angel's 2 to salvation
Ive never understood the McG hate. None of his movies were bad enough on their own for all the hate and he hasnt done enough movies for me to look back on and pass any serious judgement on him. Ive only seen 3/5 of them and Ive seen nothing but improvement from angel's 2 to salvation
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2:24AM on 02/21/2012
His strength is as a television producer. He is responsible for some very good shows, like Chuck, Supernatural, and Nikita.
His strength is as a television producer. He is responsible for some very good shows, like Chuck, Supernatural, and Nikita.
12:00AM on 02/21/2012
I'm not understanding something...Is this a quoted summary of his words or did McG discuss himself in the third person?
I'm not understanding something...Is this a quoted summary of his words or did McG discuss himself in the third person?
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