Had things gone differently in the early 2000s, we could have had a Superman film written by J.J. Abrams, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jude Law. The Black Sea actor spoke with MTV about not wanting to take on the iconic role, but still trying on the iconic suit.
“At the time, I really didn’t want to,” Law said. “I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life being that guy who played Superman."
However, that didn't stop him from having Ratner send the suit so he could try it on in the privacy of his own home.
“I go in the bathroom, put it on and look in the mirror, and suddenly, I am Superman,” Law recalled. “And it is an amazing costume. My chest pops up and the music comes on … That was it. I got it out of my system. I took it off, put it in the bag, and was like, ‘I’m not going to do it.’” He added, “I saw myself. No need for the rest of the world to see me.”
In 2013, Abrams talked about some of the themes he explored in that story. At different points Ratner and McG were attached to direct that script, but Warner Bros. eventually scrapped those plans and instead went with Bryan Singer, who made Superman Returns.