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J.J. Abrams Talks Superman Flyby
J.J. Abrams Talks Superman Flyby
Reveals his vision for the Man Of Steel

22 March 2013  |  Written by James Dyer  |  Source: Exclusive

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Earlier this year, J.J. Abrams’ treatment for Superman Flyby leaked online, providing a peak beneath the blue tights at what the Star Trek director had planned for the last son of Krypton. The movie would have been an origin story involving a civil war on Krypton, the exile of Kal-El and a new villain, Ty-Zor, but sadly it never saw the light of day. According to Abrams, though, it wouldn't have been a million miles from what Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel is shaping up to be.

“The thing that I tried to emphasise in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order,” Abrams told Empire. “And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful.

“The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.

“The idea in the movie was that he became Superman because he realised he had to finally own his strength and what he’d always been. I don’t know if that’s what Zack and Chris [Nolan] are doing, but it looks like that’s part of the idea and I could not be more thrilled to see that movie. That to me was always the way to go.”

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Read more of our exclusive in-depth interview with J.J. Abrams in the May issue of Empire, on-sale Thursday March 28.

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Why is this television writer constantly in Empire? I thought this was supposed to be a movie magazine. More

Posted by Pelle at 19:07 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Link to script & short review
The title sounds abit odd but I think the 'child/kid' is a concept Snyder and Nolan are going down anyway,though I much preferred J.J Abrams at the helm rather than Snyder. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 12:51 on 23 March 2013 | Report This Post

Link to script & short review
Not sure if Empire will allow linkage, but here goes: s.pdf Thoughts: A few mystical missteps but pretty entertaining and would have kicked off a really good trilogy. Weirdly, whilst reading it, I couldn't help imagining Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor and Dean Cain as Superman... More

Posted by djshaiguy at 16:51 on 22 March 2013 | Report This Post

I only read the article cuz I thought he might start on about Star Wars! That's 2 minutes of my life I'll never get back... More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 15:14 on 22 March 2013 | Report This Post

I've often wondered about the baby / child Superman years and the way the Kents would have to completely alter their lifestyle try to prevent his powers from accidently or innocently destroying not only them but all around them and have come to a couple of conclusions : 1: The intellectual differences between Kryptonian and Earth beings allied to Kal-El's guidance en route to earth via mother spaceship probably gives or gave him an inner self preservation ethic enabling him to limit the use of More

Posted by logan 5 at 14:44 on 22 March 2013 | Report This Post

Awesome premise, terrible title..
Anyone got a link to the script?? More

Posted by weekendatbernies at 11:25 on 22 March 2013 | Report This Post

I love Abrams, but
That idea sounds as bad as the title. Superman doesn't need to be Emo. Clean cut, straight forward please. Leave the inner turmoil stuff to the hundreds of other superheroes. What sets Superman apart from ALLLLL the others is its straight up, clean cut, super heroics. More

Posted by dubster at 10:46 on 22 March 2013 | Report This Post

He obviously hasn't heard about ...
the top secret song and dance number with music and lyrics by Get Cape. Get Cape. Fly. or the fact that the plot of Man of Steel is essentially a remake of 'Animal Crackers.' More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:00 on 22 March 2013 | Report This Post

Still not sure...
happy to read about this as a 'what could've been' movie. The title's dreadful, relegates Superman to a Fast and Furious level. More

Posted by partybee at 09:43 on 22 March 2013 | Report This Post

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