Yes, arguably far worse than the infamous Nicolas Cage, Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, et al Superman Lives movie from 1998 that mercifully never saw the light of day (but will be revealed in the now fully funded* documentary The Death of “Superman Lives”, What Happened? by Jon Schnepp,) the eye twitchingly ridiculous Superman: Flyby by J.J. Abrams.
Pissed of that Zack Snyder made Lex Luthor a young megalomaniac information age entrepreneur played by Jesse Eisenberg? Would have preferred Ralph Fiennes or Robert Downey Jr. as a space alien CIA agent Lex Luthor with a totally bitch’n spaceship?
Ya, didn’t think so.
The above video from the dynamic duo behind Comic Book Movie‘s podcast, The Weekly Planet, does a great job of showing just how mind boggling off page the mid-2000’s production would have been. Not saying that every comic book to screen adaptation must adhere to the source material, but as you can see more than a few liberties were taken. Krypton never exploded? Jor-El still alive? Shia LaBeouf with a steady job?
Come on, I can only suspend belief so far.
*small note on Jon Schnepp’s Superman Lives Doc, while the basic production is fully funded the goal now is to raise money to make animated (or even live action) recreations of scenes from the films multiples drafts. I implore you, no I urge you to go and donate money to this project. For the love of Superman fighting giant robot spiders and all the joy seeing that will bring, please give.