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- Actors McGMcG was screening before his departure include [?] Jason Behr and [?] Jared Padalecki for the role of Superman, Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson for Lois Lane, and Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf for Jimmy Olsen.
- Director Bryan SingerBryan Singer decided on using stock footage of Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando that was originally shot by Superman director Richard DonnerRichard Donner for the Singer version. Brando and Christopher ReeveChristopher Reeve were once filmed interacting with one another to be used in Superman II, but due to a lawsuit against the Salkinds for a percentage of the sequel, the scenes were deleted and re-shot with Susannah YorkSusannah York as Kal-El's mother Lara.
- Johnny DeppJohnny Depp was considered for the roles of Lex Luthor and Jor-El when McGMcG was attached to the project.
- Kevin SmithKevin Smith's original script, to which Tim BurtonTim Burton was immediately attached, was based on a 1993 story arc in the comic books in which Superman was killed by a creature named Doomsday and then brought back to life more powerful than before. After a lengthy development process, Warner Bros. chose not to go with Smith's script and hired other writers, such as [Alias] creator J.J. AbramsJ.J. Abrams, to revive the series.
- The role of Lex Luthor was always intended for Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey. The production schedule was adjusted to accommodate Spacey's six week break from his duties as the Old Vic theater director.
- Actresses being considered for the role of Lois Lane when McGMcG was to direct included [?] Elisha Cuthbert, Claire DanesClaire Danes and Keri RussellKeri Russell.
- Jack LarsonJack Larson, who plays Bo the Bartender, played Jimmy Olsen in the 1952 [Adventures of Superman] TV series.
- The appearance of Superman in the silver suit right after crashing back to Smallville is a direct nod to the Kryptonian costumes of the 1978 Superman film which were made out of a screen material that, despite it's glow, appeared dark gray when not properly lit.
- Brandon RouthBrandon Routh, Kate BosworthKate Bosworth and Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey signed on without having read the script.
- [Alias] creator and writer J.J. AbramsJ.J. Abrams wrote a complete shooting draft of the script, which both Brett RatnerBrett Ratner and McGMcG were planning to shoot when they both left the project for both creative and budget reasons. When offered the director's chair, Bryan SingerBryan Singer rejected J.J. AbramsJ.J. Abrams script as too far a departure from the source material. Abrams story re-imagined Superman as a Kryptonian prince sent to earth as a baby to avoid an impending civil war between king Jor-El and his brother Kata-Zor. Raised as Midwestern teen Clark Kent, and in love with his high school sweetheart Lois, Superman becomes humanity's defender when Kata-Zor invades Earth, aided by CIA Agent Lex Luthor, who is actually a Kryptonian in disguise. The film ended with Superman returning to Krypton to rule over his people after the death of Jor-El. Singer disagreed with these changes to one of America's most well-known characters, and decided instead to pursue a storyline to act as both a sequel and a re-make which would honor the character's history, as well as the popular films by Richard DonnerRichard Donner.