Can you believe Brendan Fraser could have been Superman, and that Lex Luthor might have been a Fox Mulder type character working for the CIA?  That’s how the story would have played out if J.J. Abrams had his way with Superman: Flyby that was in production from 2002 – 2004.

On Earth, Lex Luthor is a CIA Agent who specializes in X-Files-type cases, Clark meets Lois Lane before she’s a reporter, and the super suit is actually a living liquid contraption that sucks Clark Kent into it. Of course Kata-Zor finds Clark and sends his own son Ty-Zor to Earth to murder the son of his brother. In a surprising twist, Supes dies but his father (also dead) brings him back to life to defeat his cousin and his gang of Kryptonians. But wait, that’s not it — it turns out Lex Luthor is also a Kryptonian and now they have to fight, ending in a massive cliff hanger.

I find this stuff simply fascinating.  After the discussion we had on the last Major Spoilers Podcast (the Piccolo incident, I want to discover more and more of these strange and bizarre tales to share with my fellow Major Spoilerites.



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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. I knew about (and read) Flyby’s story… but I didn’t know that they’d actually targetted Fraser. Honestly, he’s been my pick for YEARS. He’s got the height, the jaw, the voice, the whitebread Americana look, and he’s been ripped in prior movies (although George of the Jungle was years back). I STILL think he’d be awesome in the part.

  2. This is something I have a problem with. There’s a reason why these characters get picked up for movies. Why do they have to decide to change what made it work? Just terrible.

    And I agree with lifeisaglitch, he’d be a perfect Captain Marvel. He played that type of guy before in that one movie he was in with Alicia Silverstone.

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