Brendan Fraser Talks About Time He Almost Played Superman

Beloved actor Brendan Fraser years ago thought about almost joining the comic book movie genre as one of the most famous superheroes of all time: Superman. Fraser appeared on the Howard Stern Show and described the opportunity as “incredible,” before explaining why he chose not to don the red cape.

While Fraser feared being catalogued as the Man of Steel, the actor said he couldn’t help but be disappointed when this incredible opportunity eluded him.

Fraser tested for the main role in the canceled project Superman: Flyby, which was intended for production in the 2000s. With a script by J.J. Abrams of Star Trek and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and with X-Men: the Last Stand.

Filmmaker Brett Ratner at the helm, Superman: Flyby was planned as a reboot before the character was given a semi-sequel in Superman Returns from 2006 instead.

Ultimately, Fraser believed that the loss of the role was partly due to his concerns about typography, as he felt that he could not completely hide his concerns when testing on the screen.

Fraser has since joined the world of comic book movies in films such as Doom Patrol and the now-cancelled Batgirl movie. But it’s hard to imagine how perfect Fraser would have been for Superman back then.

James Gunn Will Reboot Superman in 2025 with Superman: Legacy
The DC icon can now be rebooted by DC bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran in the upcoming Superman: Legacy. At the moment, Gunn is keeping all casting decisions under wraps (could there be a place for Fraser at the reboot?), but some details about the project have now been announced.

“This is not an origin story,” revealed Peter Safran, with Superman: Legacy planned as the first episode of DCU. “It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of the justice of the truth and the American way. He is kindness in a world that thinks kindness is old-fashioned.”Superman: Legacy is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2025.

As for Brendan Fraser, his career has now experienced a major resurgence thanks to his starring role in The Whale. Based on the 2012 play by Samuel D. Hunter, the Whale the Mummy stages director Darren Aronofsky’s recent outing, playing Charlie, a 600-pound middle-aged man trying to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter. The two broke up after Charlie left his family for his after expired gay lover, which caused Charlie to eat up pain and guilt.

Fraser is now an Oscar nominee thanks to his powerful work in the Whale, with the actor vying for best actor against Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Paul Mescal and Bill Knight. The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 12, 2023.

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