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.

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By nailbiter111 - 4/14/2013

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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Angelus - 4/14/2013, 3:11 PM
That's some weird stuff.
Durf - 4/14/2013, 3:11 PM
WHAT THE [frick]?! That sounds completely [frick]ing terrible!
subzero1077 - 4/14/2013, 3:12 PM
[frick] Superman Flyby. Give us the MoS trailer!
thorhulk77 - 4/14/2013, 3:13 PM
Sounds.... interesting(?).
SimyJo - 4/14/2013, 3:13 PM
RDJ as Luthor? - ........can't see it.

But maybe I have Stark-blinkers on. Its such a tour-de-force role and performance from him.

Nope. Still can't see it.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/14/2013, 3:13 PM
Da heck
Super12 - 4/14/2013, 3:19 PM
Webhead007 - 4/14/2013, 3:20 PM
PsychoManiacJacky - 4/14/2013, 3:20 PM
Well I actually like the idea of this, it might have sounded better in movie form. It is finally a fresh and different take on Superman that strays from the predictable and unoriginal tedious formula. Everything just sounds perfect about it. Hopefully DC will get this made into an animated movie if they couldn't get it made to live action.
MarkV - 4/14/2013, 3:21 PM
we need a trailerrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MarkV - 4/14/2013, 3:22 PM
"Youlllll neverrrrr seeeeee the trailerrrrr commingggggg"
SuperSam - 4/14/2013, 3:23 PM
Kryptonian heaven???
ScabbyJ - 4/14/2013, 3:25 PM
This looked bad. Glad this didnt come to be
Minotauro - 4/14/2013, 3:28 PM
@Grif - Gif = LOL!
SuperSam - 4/14/2013, 3:28 PM
This makes Superman Returns look like a masterpiece.
Minotauro - 4/14/2013, 3:29 PM
I thought it is was a refreshing take on Superman. What would blow my mind and the worlds is that RDJ is LEX [frick]ING LUTHER! His popularity would spike if they adapted this as a sequel or separate property.

But that's wishful thinking.
Jollem - 4/14/2013, 3:30 PM
hmmm...this must've been written during jj's "psychotropics" phase when he was running around naked in the woods of oregon
Minotauro - 4/14/2013, 3:30 PM
Change the script up a little bit, and wha-la!!
Tony93 - 4/14/2013, 3:31 PM
howd the bad guy fall? what did he do to luthor?
that was so boring.
Corinthiano - 4/14/2013, 3:31 PM
Superman almost dead, Lois crying... the same shit ever!
Tony93 - 4/14/2013, 3:32 PM

what happened to the chick hanging?
MarkV - 4/14/2013, 3:34 PM
MrNiklander - 4/14/2013, 3:39 PM
Actually sure the story sucked but I would love to see the second draft made
95 - 4/14/2013, 3:43 PM
Nice find @nailbiter111.
Franshu - 4/14/2013, 3:53 PM
The script was pretty good in general, but it suffered froma terrible third act.
NeoBaggins - 4/14/2013, 3:54 PM
You know, usual a person just says something is terrible because it's the thing not happening and did not happen. But when it comes to Burton's Superman Lives and this Flyby night shit, it is truly, truly, terrible shit defined.
yingyangpalms - 4/14/2013, 3:54 PM
The story isnt great but its not just because it changes the mythos. Its just a bunch of stupid ideas which comes from trying to make a 70 year old story that was exhausted decades ago, fresh again. That can't be done. Change suits, origins and appearances and its still just the same story with a new cover.

DC needs to dare to take their characters and make a new start with them and make them more relateable and palpable to people in 2013 not the old stories from 1938-1990.

Maybe Superman wouldnt be an alien or maybe he'd be a guy from Earth sent to Krypton. Maybe Batman would be supernatural and Wonder Woman no longer an Amazon. But the great thing is it would be new characters with new stories and futures. Not just retellings and reboots of old ideas.
They need to stop trying to make something old new again. Thats when you get stuff like this.
InfiniteMonkey - 4/14/2013, 3:56 PM
I have to admit, its loads better than what Singer has done to the FoxMen or Woverine and the Alley cats. LOL
TheAbaryMan369 - 4/14/2013, 3:57 PM
Luther is a...... Kryptonian!?!
Kryptonian Heaven!?!

Thank you for not making this!
spidey1994 - 4/14/2013, 4:03 PM
Thank god RDJ became Tony Stark because I can't see him playing Lex.
Tevii - 4/14/2013, 4:06 PM
Wow that sounds like crap. I thought abrams take would be a little better.
Wingding - 4/14/2013, 4:11 PM

You, sir, have made my evening. Hahaha.
TerminalVoyd - 4/14/2013, 4:12 PM
As opposed to an uncinematic scene? Would part of the script happen as a stage play?

I kid, that was awesome. That actually flowed really well (as someone who's done a story board or two, it gave me a few things to think about). And while I'm not sorry this wasn't made, it's a neat little peak into an alternate reality where it well could have been.

And JJ "scaling it back a bit" was a good idea. I have to track down whatever later drafts are available at some point. Superman and Luthor kung-fu fighting above Metropolis just did not read well.
hench - 4/14/2013, 4:52 PM
RDJ is to charismatic for the role imo, but if you cover up his hair and imagine a bald look it is very intriguing.
sinsear912 - 4/14/2013, 4:55 PM
I still think will smith would play a great lex lauthor. It could revitalize his career
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/14/2013, 5:06 PM
MrYurMomm - 4/14/2013, 5:17 PM
Somewhere Nic Cage is raging and wishing his Supes film went through

dnno1 - 4/14/2013, 5:20 PM

It's another teaser.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/14/2013, 5:27 PM
"My name is General Zod. For some time your world has sheltered one of my citizens. I request that you return this individual to my custody. To Kal-El, I say this: Surrender within 24 hours or watch this word suffer the consequences."
JustinMSalvato - 4/14/2013, 5:35 PM
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