Most fans know that Bryan Singer was working on a sequel — known as Superman: Man of Steel — to his relaunch film, Superman Returns (2006), before Warner Bros. decided to… go in another direction. What few people know is just how far Singer got: He had the plot worked out, Brainiac was going to be his Big Bad — and there was actually a visual for ol’ Brainy.
ComicBookMovie.com uncovered some preproduction art by Michael Anthony Jackson that shows us what Brainiac would have looked like:
Yeah, not too overly original — a bit of Mars Attacks! alien, a pinch of the comic book’s look and a splash of Darth Vader.