Storyboards Reveal Climactic Scene From McG's SUPERMAN: FLYBY
Storyboard artist, Adolfo Martinez Perez, worked on pre-production artwork for Superman: Flyby when McG ("We Are Marshall") was planning to direct the film, based on a script by J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek Into Darkness"). Come see what it might have looked like.
Before J.J. Abrams ("Super 8") became a big time director, he was penning scripts, and in 2002 and 2003 he wrote a couple drafts for a Superman film, known as Superman: Flyby. The first draft is the most controversial and it involved:
Krypton besieged by a civil war between Jor-El and his corrupt brother, Kata-Zor. Before Kata-Zor sentences Jor-El to prison, Kal-El is launched to Earth to fulfill a prophecy. Adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, he forms a romance with Lois Lane in the Daily Planet. However, Lois is more concerned with exposing Lex Luthor, written as a government agent obsessed with UFO phenomena. Clark reveals himself to the world as Superman, bringing Kata-Zor's son, Ty-Zor, and three other Kryptonians to Earth. Superman is defeated and killed, and visits Jor-El (who committed suicide on Krypton while in prison) in Kryptonian heaven. Resurrected, he returns to Earth and defeats the four Kryptonians, while the script ends with Superman off to Krypton, leaving a cliffhanger for a sequel. - Wikipedia
Not included in that synopsis above but in the script, is the big surprise that Lex Luthor is actually a Kryptonian. What a twist! Yeah, well that and all the other nonsensical changes to Superman's mythos just sounds...terrible! You can read that script by clicking here.
Anyways, that version would've been directed by Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour") but he dropped out, and then he was replaced by music video extraordinaire, McG. By this time J.J. Abrams had penned a second draft which altered some of the plot and fight scenes. The changes are fairly significant, Lex Luthor wasn't going to be a hidden Kryptonian, but Ty-Zor was still the main villain.
While doing some research for another film I came across storyboards that were produced by Adolfo Martinez Perez, for McG's film. But keep in mind that McG brought in screenwriter Josh Schwartz to polish J.J. Abrams' script, so some of the action below doesn't quite match the storyboards. You can read that script by clicking here.
From what I can gather, the scene involves a huge fight between Superman and Ty-Zor in Metropolis. We pick it up at the point where Ty-Zor chucks a vehicle with Lois Lane, into a skyscraper. Now, in the second draft J.J. didn't have Lois in the vehicles, but Ty-Zor did throw vehicles into buildings in order to exploit Superman's weakness, which is trying to save as many people as he can. He did that to keep Superman from diffusing a bomb, but this version doesn't seem to have a bomb in play.
Of course Lois is saved. Then Superman is injured with what appears to be a shard of Kryptonite, but Lois comes to his aid and helps him defeat Ty-Zor. Lex Luthor soon appears and rushes over to Ty-Zor, and his neck is grabbed by the dying Kryptonian. From the second draft:
CLAMP! Ty-Zor grips Luthor’s neck hard -- and you think
for a moment that he’s going to crush Luthor and kill him
as he himself dies -- but instead something else happens:
-- something that overwhelms Luthor.
When Ty-Zor finally DIES, Luthor falls back, shaking,
weak now, recovering
As you can see, instead of being a secret Kryptonian, Luthor would've gained his powers from some sort of transfer. Eh, stupid. Oh, and keep in mind that McG recently stated that Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man 3") was locked in to play Lex Luthor. Think about that!
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