Robert Downey Jr. Was Almost Lex Luthor To Henry Cavill’s Superman


One other main plot level concerned Superman being murdered by the opposite Kryptonians, going to Kryptonian heaven, and assembly his Jor-El, who provides him a pep speak and conjures up him to come back again to life. Wait, wasn’t Superman’s dad nonetheless alive? Yep, he was, till he sensed that his son had died from all the way in which in Krypton and disemboweled himself with a rock to assist him out within the afterlife. Kinda tragic that Kryptonians had by no means heard of autoerotic asphyxiation.  

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Although it will have been kinda bizarre if Tremendous-Dad’s ghost had an enormous boner in heaven.

The final director hooked up to this script was McG, of Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation, and the video for Smash Mouth’s “All Star” fame. In 2016, he confirmed that he and the studio “favored” Cavill for Superman and revealed that “We had Robert Downey Jr. locked as much as be Lex Luthor, which I feel would have been extraordinary.” It is arduous to think about RDJ enjoying Tony Stark within the timeline the place this film obtained made: if it bombed, that in all probability would have scared him off from doing extra superhero films or made Marvel suppose twice about casting him. Or, who is aware of, possibly his charisma would have saved the crappy script, McG would have gotten a trilogy like he needed (Luthor is left alive on the finish, setting him up as a returning villain), and we might be on our twenty seventh McGverse DC film by now. 

Sarcastically, what doomed Superman: Flyby, and probably saved the MCU, is that McG was afraid of flying. Warner Bros. needed him to shoot the film in Australia, however when the time got here for McG to take the jet there, he refused on get in and was “thrown off the film” on the identical day. And that is why your little cousins love Ant-Man and Groot as an alternative of The Atom and Solomon Grundy. 

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