Empire: Movie News – Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman

Posted: November 13, 2008 in Scifi
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Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman

Pitches his ‘Magnum Opus’ to Empire


Mark Millar wants to create an epic 8-hour screen story which will follow the entire life of Kal-El from his birth on Krypton a thousand years ago, until he is the last being left on Earth.

Empire sat down for a chat with comic book writer and creator Millar, the man behind Wanted and the upcoming Kick-Ass, and he filled us in on his pitch for the follow-up to Superman Returns.

Mark has been working closely with a ‘big-Hollywood action director’ – who he refuses to name at this stage – on a pitch for what he is calling the Magnum Opus of Superman stories. His idea is for an 8-hour saga, split into 3 films to be released a year apart, in a Lord of the Rings fashion. Although several other sources have reported similar conversations with Mark, he went into further detail, fleshing out the story arc a little more.

“It’s gonna be like Michael Corleone in the Godfather films, the entire story from beginning to end, you see where he starts, how he becomes who he becomes, and where that takes him. The Dark Knight showed you can take a comic book property and make a serious film, and I think the studios are ready to listen to bigger ideas now.”

“The problem with Superman Returns was like releasing Star Wars in ’77, The Empire Strikes Back in ’80 and then waiting 28 years to release Return of the Jedi, it wasn’t relevant. I understand what Bryan Singer was trying to do, to pay homage to Richard Donner’s original vision, but I think you should pay homage by doing something completely different.”

“I want to start on Krypton, a thousand years ago, and end with Superman alone on Planet Earth, the last being left on the planet, as the yellow sun turns red and starts to supernova, and he loses his powers.”

Certainly no-one can ever say that Millar lacks vision and if he and his ‘bigHollywoodaction director’ friend get backing for the project, and we certainly hope they do, it might just prove to be the Godfather of superhero films.

Wanted is out now on DVD, and is relased on Blu-Ray December 1.

Dan Goodswen

via Empire: Movie News – Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman

  1. Tony Dayoub says:

    Millar gets points for the ambitious nature of releasing three movies 3 years in a row, and covering Superman’s lifespan. But disparaging Singer’s movie is a cheap shot.

    I, for one, loved the movie’s obvious love for the character, and Routh’s casting was an obvious homage to a wonderful tragic actor, Chris Reeve. Was it flawed? Sure.

    He should have cast someone else as Lois. Maybe someone reminiscent of Margot Kidder, like Robin Tunney. And though Spacey was an improvement on Hackman’s performance, the definitive Lex Luthor has yet to be captured onscreen. Part of that is DC’s own perpetual issues with defining the character. One minute he’s an evil scientist, next he’s a millionaire industrialist. Jeff Bridges’ performance as Obadiah Stane in Iron Man was the closest anyone has come to channeling Lex onscreen.

    But Singer’s film had a lot of gee whiz moments that reminded me of the magic I felt when I saw Donner’s movie at 5-years-old. Superman and Lois’ takeoff from the Daily Planet roof, Spacey’s kryptonite shiv, and Lois’ son reaction to an assault on his mom rank as among the best moments in Superman and cinematic lore.


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