In an episode of his “Hollywood Babble-On” YouTube series, recorded at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank, CA on August 5, Kevin Smith revealed that he was working on a Bizarro/Jimmy Olsen story for a HBO Max series titled “Strange Adventures,” which has become a casualty of the recent cuts at Warner Bros. Discovery.
Discussing the recent news that the “Batgirl” film was killed off by new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Smith tells co-host Ralph Garman that he had been approached by Berlanti Productions to write a script for a new DC series titled “Strange Adventures,” which would be an anthology series of stories about DC characters. Smith chose to write a story involving Bizarro, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White.
Smith reveals that his story would have been a “secret origins” type story about a character from another dimension who would model himself on Superman, take Jimmy and Perry to a version of Metropolis he had created on his world, but that this “Superman” would, over the course of the episode, begin to deteriorate into a bizarro version of the Man of Steel. While not a villain as such, his actions would cause chaos, and ultimately he would be redeemed by one final heroic action… which would see him disappear… only to have Superman arrive to befriend him.
Expecting a minor budget for his episode, Smith reveals he was surprised at the amount of money Warner Bros./HBO Max was budgeting for each episode of “Strange Adventures”. Ultimately the series would become a casualty of the cuts recently announced at Warner Bros. Discovery, and is no longer happening.
The kicker? Smith was aiming to have Nicolas Cage cast in the role of Bizarro for his “Strange Aventures” episode.
WARNING: There is a lot of “language” used in the video below…