McG Lost SUPERMAN Directing Gig For the Most Ironic of Reasons

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A few years before Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel, Charlie's Angels director McG signed on to direct a film entitled Superman: Flyby. It's no secret that McG departed the project after doing some test footage - but now he's revealed that he left the project for an incredibly ironic reason: he has a fear of flying. 

The film, which was written by J.J. Abrams, was to be filmed in Australia, but McG couldn't make the trip.

"I tried to tell [then-Warner Bros.' execs] Alan Horn and Barry Meyer at the time, 'Hey guys, I'm really afraid to fly'," McG says. "And they were like, 'Come on! You're McG. You'll be fine'," the director told The Hollywood Reporter. "It was very humiliating and I got thrown off the movie that day."

"It just sort of resulted in my going to see two ladies who specialize in this sort of thing at UCLA and I slowly put one foot in front of the other and I've now been around the world many, many times and fly all over the place and try to never go two weeks without getting on a plane."

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