Kevin Smith has brought us many DC directed episodes on The CW, but the talented director once had a brush with Superman in the 90s. In a recent episode of his Fatman Beyond podcast, Smith shared one of the first contacts he had with the studio:
“I’ve been cleaning my office and I found some sh-t and I just wanted to share this with you all. This is from Warner Bros. and it’s from, I don’t know if you can see the date there, the date is May 15th of 1996. What I hold in my hand is a 24-year-old Warner Bros. letter, may I read it to you?”
Smith then went on to read the letter:
“‘It’s time for the rebirth of a hero. As you know, we are making a new Superman film, taking the world’s most famous superhero into the 21st century. The enclosed collection of comic books forms the basis of the take outline. We would love to discuss this with Kevin Smith at his earliest convenience.'”
Smith then read out the plot of the pitch:
“‘Alienated from the world he protects, convinced his relationship with Lois Lane is doomed, Superman is suddenly defeated and left for dead by the villain Brainiac, an intergalactic genius intent upon collecting the best DNA in the universe,'” the pitch reads. “‘Superman is secretly nursed back to health by his mentor Cadmus only to discover he has lost his superpowers. As Lois mourns the loss of her love and Brainiac frantically searches for Superman’s body, the Man of Steel returns disguised using as a high-tech bodysuit to fight while he attempts to regain his superpowers. While battling Brainiac’s henchmen Parasite and Banshee, Superman rediscovers his powers and his love for Lois Lane. In a final showdown, Superman destroys Brainiac and saves the world that he has come to call home.'”
What do you think about the Superman pitch that Smith could have been involved with?
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