Brendan Fraser Recalls His Superman Audition

In a new interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, actor Brendan Fraser recalls the time he auditioned for the role of Superman.

Back in 2002, J.J. Abrams had written a script titled “Superman: Flyby” which was in development at Warner Bros., with Brett Ratner hired as director. The film was eventually cancelled, reworked, with Bryan Singer coming on board to film “Superman Returns” instead.

“You feel kind of invincible, [like] ‘I can fly,'” recalls Fraser. “The cape actually makes you think you have the power of flight even though you know you don’t.”

“The script was printed on crimson paper with black ink so it couldn’t be photocopied,” he continues. “I was allowed to sit in an office and read it for an hour. It was like a covert operation.”

The script for the un-made “Superman: Flyby” film by J.J. Abrams is available for download (4.6mb PDF).

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June 14, 2019 10:03 am

He could have been a great Superman.

June 14, 2019 12:42 pm

I like Brendan a lot, but just could never see him as Superman… there are other heroes better suited for him

June 20, 2019 9:17 am
Reply to  sundevil82

I couldn’t see him as Superman either. Not physically anyway. I do think that maybe he could pull off the voice for Superman if given the chance.

Super El
July 1, 2019 12:57 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Not physically? Brendan in his prime is Taller than Henry Cavil and Tyler Holechin, the two modern Supermen in the 2010’s.

July 1, 2019 9:53 pm
Reply to  Super El

He got pretty cut for George of the Jungle too

June 14, 2019 8:43 pm

1. I need pictures of this

2. I’m extremely sad that the most reliable Superman movie related news we’ve had in over a year is an audition from 17 years ago.

June 14, 2019 10:50 pm
Reply to  Clark_Jo

After hearing about WB being a no show at comic con this year, If I had to guess, it sounds like their trying to cleanse the palate. Not sure what that means for Superman, but I hope in maybe a years time we’ll hear about a new film.

June 15, 2019 6:17 am
Reply to  sundevil82

They are cleaning shop. And I guess they are still moving along with a Supergirl film and sometime another Superman…but without Henry.

June 15, 2019 11:11 am
Reply to  Kal-Ed

That’s the rumor anyways.
But those rumors are from unreliable sites with no sources.
I still don’t think Henry will ever be asked back to play Superman, but don’t think WB is planning anything either.

June 15, 2019 9:07 am
Reply to  sundevil82

Them not being at Comic-Con is just a reflection of how irrelevant Comic-Con is. There’s no need for them to jump through hoops to schedule and pay actors/directors to be there, get footage ready to show (which takes time, money and resources away from finishing the film), then dealing with the leaks (which takes time, money and resources to deal with). They generate just as much buzz off social media at their leisure WITHOUT having to go through the headache and logistical nightmare that is Comic-con. The same thing happened with Sony skipping E3. Don’t read too much into it.… Read more »

June 15, 2019 6:14 am

I could see Brendan as either Hal Jordan or Oliver Queen..but he never struck me with a Superman look. He was already an established actor then and I feel the role should be reserved for lesser known and/or unknown actors. All in all the man is pretty genuine, cool dude and a good actor.

June 20, 2019 9:14 am
Reply to  Kal-Ed

I heard something about J. J. Abrams acquiring the reins for bad robot productions. Does it relate to the DCEU? If so, how?