Mark Millar's 21st Century Superman Pitch Moving Forward?!
by Alex Billington
July 2, 2008
The comic book publisher battle is heating up again. We all know Marvel is kicking ass with Iron Man and Incredible Hulk this summer, but DC Comics is about to drop The Dark Knight in just a few weeks. And in December when we all frown upon Marvel's Punisher: War Zone yet again, we'll already be hyped about DC's upcoming Watchmen. As great as DC Comics is, one of their biggest characters, Superman, still seems to be stuck in a rut after Bryan Singer's "return" in 2006 didn't bring in the box office "returns" that Warner Brothers was expecting. Well, you may remember a little article from October last year, where legendary comic book writer Mark Millar talked about putting together his own pitch for a new version of Superman for the 21st Century - his dream project. Given Singer's Superman Returns sequel is still stuck, Millar has begun ramping up his pitch - and now he's got his team already in place!
Millar recently spoke with The Daily Record (via SlashFilm) and told them that "I've been planning this my entire life. I've got my director and producer set up, and it'll be 2011. This is how far ahead you have to think." He continues, explaining that "the Superman brand is toxic after that last movie [flopped], but in 2011 we're hoping to restart it. Sadly I can't say who the director is, but we may make it official by Christmas. But fingers crossed it could work out, that would be my lifetime's dream." This is indeed a very interesting development. It sounds like Millar has set up this pitch big time, with everything in place, including a director and producers and everything. Back in October, he event went as far as to say that he "would honestly write this thing for free."
Why is this such an important project to Millar? "Since I was a kid I've always wanted to reinvent Superman for the 21st century." Last year, he explained that "I have literally hundreds of pages of notes and sketches just waiting for this opportunity. This would be my dream gig and, as a fan, I know exactly what this project needs to work. This has to be Superman for the 21st Century, keeping everything we adore, but starting from scratch and making the kids love it as much as the 30-somethings." In fact, given Millar is one of the most well-known and highly praised comic book writers out there, I'm willing to bet that his pitch and script for the new Superman might kick some serious ass. How many of you read his Superman: Red Son series? Isn't that enough of an indication that Millar is talented enough to reboot Superman again?
Before we get too far into this, I need to mention the additional details that Millar mentioned in the message boards on his blog as an additional update. He knew that this news would hit and decided to clarify details before the whole story started spinning wildly out of control.
"PS: That Superman news is interesting, isn't it? In the interests of clarity (because I'm sure this will be picked up somewhere) a very well known American action director heard about my love of Superman, approached my and asked me to team up with he and his producer to make a pitch for this. We've been talking for several weeks now and, if this is going to happen, we'll know by Christmas. He has huge pull at WB so fingers crossed. But this is nothing more than a huge US name pulling me into his fold and making me part of a package."
Very interesting update. I'm too excited at this prospect of Millar's pitch coming to life to wait until Christmas to find out who! However, that's how the world works and it will give everyone the time necessary to soak in this idea anyway. So let's go back to the beginning - Millar's pitch for Superman in the 21st Century. I doubt it will be the kind of story that was in Superman: Red Son, but maybe he's got some brilliant idea. I've grown fond of Millar over the last few months in relation to Wanted and he recently spoke with me regarding his thoughts on the adaptation of that comic series. Although I have no idea what his pitch might involve, I'm willing to wait it out and will be hoping that Warner Brothers likes what they hear. In the meantime, we're throwing our support behind Millar! Good luck in Hollywood!