Matt Bomer Says He Was Cast as Superman in Brett Ratner's SUPERMAN: FLYBY
McG and Brett Ratner's Superman: Flyby is one of those legendary movies that was never made, but geeks like us love to talk about. J.J. Abrams' script was apparently totally off the wall and unlike anything anyone had ever seen from a Superman movie before, and a movie blogger essentially single-handedly brought it down by publishing a scathing review of the script online before production began.
Over the years, we've heard a bunch of information about it, including that future Superman Henry Cavill screen-tested for the role back in the day, and actors like Jude Law and Josh Hartnett were offered the part before turning it down. Now Magic Mike XXL actor Matt Bomer (who voiced the Man of Steel in the animated Superman Unbound) says that he was actually Ratner's choice for the role, and that he screen-tested with Amy Adams, Brendan Fraser, and Paul Walker. He tells the Happy Sad Confused podcast:
"Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart. It was a very lengthy process to get the role, I think it was over the course of three months because I went in in a cattle call. It sort of evolved from there," he said. "It was a month of, 'Okay, looks like this is going to happen'. And then it slowly fell apart. I have zero regrets about that, I feel like I've gotten to do such a rich array of roles in so many different things. I haven't been too locked in… I mean that's a very iconic role to portray, to suddenly be that character in everyone's minds forever."
Bomer may have made an interesting Superman/Clark Kent, but from the sound of things, I don't know if anyone would have made it out of Superman: Flyby unscathed. For a humorous breakdown of what the film would have been like, check out this video.