Prior to Superman Returns, Brett Ratner was supposed to direct the first of a new Superman trilogy, "Supermayn Flyby," with the script written by J.J. Abrams.
The studio's choice to play Superman was Jude Law.
Above you can check out Jude Law recently talking with MTV as he recounts his experience turning down the studio, but does say for an instance, he was Superman.
The Ratner-Abrams Superman movie featured huge special effects and fight scenes as well as the death of Superman and the revelation that Lex Luthor was from Krypton.
Ratner apparently dropped out, blaming casting delays and feuds with producers.
McG then came onboard and backed out, with Bryan Singer eventually getting the gig and releasing Superman Returns in 2006.