Superman Flyby
In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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Want to see some new behind the scenes footage from X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2? What does Patton Oswalt do on next week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Is Jonathan Nolan behind Ben Affleck in Batman vs. Superman? If Michelle Rodriguez could be any superhero, who would she be? How much has Captain America: The Winter Soldier now grossed? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Magnus Rex

One of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood is that major movies use fake titles when they’re in production. The purpose of the misdirection is to throw the general public living and working around the shoot locations off the scent of a picture that might have huge fan interest.

Thirty years ago, Star Wars fans had no idea the Return of the Jedi was being filmed near them because it was called Blue Harvest. Even today the practice continues. People would riot if they knew Christopher Nolan was filming The Dark Knight Rises in their town, so the film goes by the name Magnus Rex. (Not that it takes long for people to realize what’s up.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are being referred to as Freezer Burn and London Calling respectively.

A Reddit user has made a gallery of movie posters using the film’s production titles and it’s quite funny. Check it out below. Read More »

Want to see some set photos from Iron Man 3 and Red 2? What do Viper and the Silver Samurai look like in The Wolverine? Care to check out the trailer for The Dark Knight Returns Part 2? Do some Iron Man 3 toys reveal spoilers about the film? Does the Amazing Spider-Man second screen app provide any new secrets? Has Daredevil reverted back to Marvel Studios? Where can you still see Agent Coulson? And would Apple Maps have helped a pivotal moment in The Dark Knight? Read about all of this and more in today’s huge edition of Superhero Bits.

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David ChenDevindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat with Joanna Robinson about what the difference is between their “favorite” and the “best” films of the year, analyze the hollow phenomenon of Chuck Norris, and discuss the relative quality of Superman Returns.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Tune in to Slashfilm’s live page on Sunday (1/29) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST to hear us discuss The Grey.

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How many costumes does Michael Shannon have in Man of Steel? What did Shane Black have to say about returning characters and his focus in Iron Man 3? Will Mickey Rourke return for Sin City 2? What’s the deal with Olivia Wilde and Tomb Raider? Does Brandon Routh have regrets about Superman Returns? And want to see, arguably, the biggest (clearly marked) spoiler photo from The Dark Knight Rises yet? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want more clues to The Dark Knight Rises Catwoman puzzle? What sexual favor did Hayley Atwell jokingly perform on the set of Captain America: The First Avenger? How can you work a little Marvel into your food preparation? Is there a Batman connection in Man of Steel? Would you like to read quotes from Samuel L. Jackson and Andrew Garfield about their new movies, The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Those of you who follow Superman lore closely will already know that the opening of Bryan Singer‘s Superman Returns was originally intended to be different than what played in theaters. The opening that was shot and ultimately discarded sees Superman (Brandon Routh) making his return to Krypton where he finds a barren rock laced with kryptonite.

The scene laid the groundwork for a few moments in the film we did eventually see, but was evidently deemed unfit to open the movie. The sequence showed up as a bonus feature on the recent Superman Anthology blu-ray set, and now it is online. Check it out below. Read More »

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