Brendan Fraser was at the height of stardom when he starred in the Mummy films, but now he's working his way back to the spotlight by playing Robot Man in DC's Doom Patrol. As it turns out, he actually auditioned to play a much more popular DC hero back in the early 2000s—Superman.
Talking to SYFY Wire, Fraser revealed that he had auditioned for the Superman role in J.J. Abrams' cancelled Superman: Flyby. Fraser said:
"I auditioned for Superman… I even wore the suit… It was cool, it was pretty cool. I mean, I didn't get the job. It went away… Brett Ratner was a bit ‘woo hoo' in those days, and that's well documented. And that was a script J.J. Abrams wrote but it never got made. And it was freaking Shakespeare in space. It was so cool. It was worlds colliding and, it was really, really cool. But you know, I hear he's done well since then."
Eventually the film was canned and we got Superman Returns in 2006. Push forward a little and we have Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and finally Justice League. We don't know when the next Superman film will come out, but we know it's not anytime soon. A lot of fans do have their fingers crossed that Henry Cavill makes a small cameo in Shazam! next month.
Brendan Fraser was one of my heroes growing up, and it was kind of a bummer to see him exit the spotlight in the past few years. I am happy to see him back though, and I'm hoping Doom Patrol gets him in some more things in the future—maybe roles where we can actually see his face.
Catch Fraser in Doom Patrol on DC Universe.