Jude Law Explains Why Being "Superman For Two Minutes" Was Enough Before Turning Down The Role

In the realm of superhero movies, there have been almost as many unmade Superman movies, as one’s that have been greenlit. And prior to the respectable but not particularly exciting “Superman Returns,” Warner Bros. kicked around a lot of ideas, one of which was “Flyby,” which had a script by then-rising-star J.J. Abrams, with Brett Ratner attached to direct. At the time Jude Law was considered to take the role Clark Kent, but turned it down. Why? He just wasn’t really into the idea.

“First of all, I’m an Englishman and I felt like, I don’t know, it just didn’t seem to fit, and I was always worried about the outfit and I just didn’t fancy it,” he said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (via JoBlo). “This director was very keen to meet and impress it upon me and I was actually out in California and he said, ‘Look, you just have to try the suit on. The suit’s amazing, and we’ve revamped the suit,’ and I was like, ‘Okay, send the suit over.'”

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“So I take the suit into the bathroom and I’m putting it on and then I look round, I’m in the mirror and suddenly…I’m Superman, right. And the music kinda comes in like da, da, dada duh duh, right, I stood there and then I had this picture of me in that costume on posters all over the world and I was like…’no way’ and I unzipped it,” Law continued. “But I was Superman for two minutes, that’s enough.”

If you’re gleaning that the burden of being a worldwide icon wasn’t something Law was comfortable with, you’d be right. “I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life being that guy who played Superman,” he told MTV last year.

Basically, thanks but no thanks, was Law’s position on suiting up. Thoughts? Would he have made a good Superman? Let us know in the comments section.