Mark Millar's Superman Pitch Revealed as Godfather-Like Epic
We've been following comic book writer Mark Millar and his Superman pitch since he first made a scene about it last October. The latest update arrived in early September, where Millar said that he was working with an big action director who was actually getting his pitch heard at Warner Brothers. While he hasn't gotten them to agree just yet (as far as we know), he finally spilled more details on his plans for the 3-film Superman story to Empire, and it's even more epic than I could ever imagine. This is only just a tease: "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."
Millar explains that "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." So he partnered with a big director and producer and went in to Hollywood to pitch his "Magnum Opus of Superman stories." The idea consists of an 8-hour saga, split into 3 films to be released a year apart, much like Lord of the Rings. Millar adds that "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." So what exactly is his idea?
"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." Wow. Any die-hard Superman fans get shivers just thinking about that story being told in its entirety on the big screen? Millar really does want this to be recognized as the Godfather of superhero films, which will be a monumental task considering The Dark Knight is already the closest to earning that title. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but that idea sounds phenomenal, like the defining Superman trilogy that could never be topped. I think that might be the ultimate Superman story we've all been waiting to see. Thoughts?