CAPTAIN MARVEL Star Jude Law Reveals He Was Eyed To Play SUPERMAN: "I Just Thought, 'No, You Can't Do This'"

CAPTAIN MARVEL Star Jude Law Reveals He Was Eyed To Play SUPERMAN: "I Just Thought, 'No, You Can't Do This'"

Captain Marvel and Fantastic Beasts star Jude Law has revealed that he was once eyed to play Superman, but not even trying on the Man of Steel's iconic costume convinced him he'd be right for the role...

By JoshWilding - Jun 12, 2024 12:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Superman
Source: The Playlist

Many actors have come close to playing Superman over the years, but we admittedly forgot that British actor Jude Law was once among them. 

For those who may not know, Superman: Flyby was written by J.J. Abrams and set out to deliver a fresh take on the Man of Steel's origin story. Krypton was going to factor heavily into proceedings, with Lex Luthor now a government agent obsessed with UFOs and Lois Lane intent on exposing him to the public.

According to various leaks, Superman was set to square off with a group of villainous Kryptonians, ultimately dying and being sent to Kryptonian heaven to meet his father, Jor-El, before being resurrected. As you'd expect, Kal-El would return to save the day, only for a cliffhanger ending to feature him returning to his home planet. 

In a new interview with The Playlist, the Captain Marvel and Skeleton Crew star revealed his near-miss with the iconic DC Comics character.

"So this is true. Yeah. And there was a process of flirtation going on," Law recalls. "And I always resisted because it just felt like [off]. And I know you can say, ‘Well, but you played Yonn-Rogg and Dumbledore!’ It just felt like a step too far."

"And it was when Brett Ratner was going to direct, I think. And they didn’t have a script, if I remember rightly. Did they have a script? I don’t remember reading one. This is a long time ago. They brought me the suit. They thought, 'This might change your mind.'"

As for the suit he tried on, it sounds like it was either a prototype made for Superman Flyby or the costume made for Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage's ill-fated Superman Lives.

"No, it wasn’t the Reeve suit. It was a kind of like it was more metallic. Anyway, I tried on and I looked in the mirror and part of me initially was like, 'Wow, this would be a [good thing],' and then I just thought, 'No, you can’t – you can’t do this. You can’t.' And I didn’t sell myself to myself," Law admits.

"And I stepped away and the film never happened anyway. So maybe it probably wouldn’t have done anything."

It's a little hard to imagine Law playing Superman, though the same could be said for at least some of the other actors approached for the role (the list includes Ashton Kutcher, Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, James Marsden, and Joel Edgerton). 

When McG took over from Ratner, he eyed the likes of Jason Behr, Jared Padalecki, Michael Cassidy, and Henry Cavill, with the latter eventually chosen by Zack Snyder to be his Superman in 2013's Man of Steel.

Do you think Law would have been a good fit for Clark Kent?

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Evansly - 6/12/2024, 12:28 PM
For the best, I don't think he'd be a good fit
RolandD - 6/12/2024, 12:29 PM
How many articles are we going to get on Superman: Flyby, a movie with both a stupid name and premise.
TheVisionary25 - 6/12/2024, 12:32 PM
@RolandD - I don’t like the name but I thought it was an intriguing “Elseworlds” take on the mythos.
DarthAlgar - 6/12/2024, 12:35 PM
@RolandD - It really is a ridiculous name.
MotherGooseUPus - 6/12/2024, 12:41 PM
@RolandD - LOL was thinking the SAME thing.... Very slow news day apparently... good grief
bobevanz - 6/12/2024, 1:09 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - either this or a bunch of regurgitated old lists, or rumors from some nobodies on Twitter lol it's a lose lose at this point
RolandD - 6/12/2024, 1:34 PM
@TheVisionary25 - As an animated Elseworlds story, I would be okay with that but do being the first live action Superman since 1987, I would want a more traditional take on Superman.
TheVisionary25 - 6/12/2024, 1:37 PM
@RolandD - that’s fair

I’m cool with it not happening though
RolandD - 6/12/2024, 1:59 PM
@DarthAlgar - I could have lived with the name if the premise sounded good but still it’s a weird name.
MotherGooseUPus - 6/12/2024, 2:24 PM
@bobevanz - BINGO
BruceWayng - 6/12/2024, 12:34 PM
Guy should’ve been cast as Mar-vell instead of Yon-Rogg…

Uggggh “Captain Marvel” the beginning of the end of the MCU when Feige thought it was a good idea to completely ruin Fury as a character by rewriting his origin and having him lose his eye to a space cat, cast Annette Bening as Mar-vell and the Supreme Intelligence, and completely waste the Kree/Skrull war by turing into an allegory for colonialism(barf) and making the Skrulls “sympathetic” mirgants.
DarthAlgar - 6/12/2024, 12:36 PM
@BruceWayng - That's the house of mouse for you.


Now we wait.
cubrn - 6/12/2024, 1:39 PM
@BruceWayng - calm down Sally
BruceWayng - 6/12/2024, 1:56 PM
@cubrn - Nice profile pic. You’re such a stud hahaha
Doomsday8888 - 6/12/2024, 12:39 PM
Anyone else got a Superman story to tell?

Tell you what tho, Eric Bana (his co-star in the King Arthur movie, which i liked btw) woulda been a cool old Superman tbh.
HermanM - 6/12/2024, 12:42 PM
@Doomsday8888 - he'd have done well
MotherGooseUPus - 6/12/2024, 12:45 PM
@Doomsday8888 - i too like that movie... though i know im in the minority
Doomsday8888 - 6/12/2024, 1:02 PM
Starting to become a pretty big minority if you ask me. :3
HulkisHoly - 6/12/2024, 2:03 PM
@Doomsday8888 -

Eric Bana would have been an awesome Jor-El
MotherGooseUPus - 6/12/2024, 2:23 PM
@HulkisHoly - oh man! thats great casting. I like him in every movie he's in. was great in Star Trek, Hulk, Troy, King Arthur etc....
HulkisHoly - 6/12/2024, 3:07 PM
@MotherGooseUPus -

He’s an I underrated actor. I wonder whose balls he didn’t lick that killed his career.
MrDandy - 6/12/2024, 12:41 PM
At least he is self-aware. I like him as an actor but he would have been terribly miscast
HermanM - 6/12/2024, 12:42 PM
I wish this version of Batman VS Superman was made over what we ended up getting. Even this would have been better than the Snyderverse.

ModHaterSLADE - 6/12/2024, 12:43 PM
Him as young Dumbledore was great casting, shame those movies weren't better.
TheVisionary25 - 6/12/2024, 12:52 PM
I didn’t know he was up for Flyby too since he had also been in consideration for the role in Wolfgang Petersen’s Batman/Superman film back in the early 2000’s.

Anyway , I could see him moreso as Lex Luthor then Superman so I’m glad it didn’t work out.

If he’s still interested in DC , I could see him as Zod , Brainiac or Sinestro.

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THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/12/2024, 12:57 PM
I think he'd be a great fit for Zod. But please no more of that character.
Nomis929 - 6/12/2024, 1:18 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - Nice Call. I certainly can see that.

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elgaz - 6/12/2024, 2:05 PM
@Nomis929 - he has young Terence Stamp vibes so it’s hard not to see him as a Zod fit
Nomis929 - 6/12/2024, 2:17 PM
@elgaz - Agreed.
xfan320 - 6/12/2024, 1:20 PM
No. He's General Zod.
AnthonyVonGeek - 6/12/2024, 2:03 PM
Yeah I know. I remember reading about this a long time ago in Wizard Magazine.
CoHost - 6/12/2024, 2:19 PM
Jude Law's my pick to play a young Obi Wan.
Batmangina - 6/12/2024, 3:18 PM
Jude Law is not a good choice for Superman. Full stop.

He would have made a fine LEGIT/REAL Mar-Vel though...

About to check out Gotham by Gaslight: The Kryptonian Age #1 - fingers crossed.
BritishMonkey - 6/12/2024, 6:13 PM
He's spoken about this in the past before, but he'd sorta fit Superman.
TheLight - 6/12/2024, 7:37 PM
@BritishMonkey - "but he'd sorta fit Superman"

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