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Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
Pitches his 'Magnum Opus' to Empire

29 October 2008  |  Written by Dan Goodswen  

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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.


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Superman Returns was 'alright'... but...
...do Superman some justice... Superman Returns just felt a bit pedestrian... Why bother with another Lex Luthor story? Why bother with the kid (that was soooo stupid) and why not give Superman something more 'super' to deal with than falling spaceships and some loony story line about krytonite islands... Give us a good baddy... Metallio or Doomsday or something meaty. WHY make it so serious? More

Posted by mancalledpete at 16:05 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: waltham1979
Thank you. Glad to know I'm not alone. In fact, I enjoyed Superman Returns very much. I do, however, believe that Superman deserves a grander, more epic depiction. I just hope that this is not the route they would take. I agree with you that Superman should not end as bleakly as this. The last words on Superman should always be "hope" and "hero." More

Posted by Just Another Guy at 17:30 on 06 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
I loved SR but I'd love to see a Mark Millar trilogy as well. Just like the 1930's the world needs the hope Superman provides at the moment !!! To the execs at Warner and DC we need your best efforts, including director, writer, story, cast and crew and we need them now (or as soon a humanly possible).   More

Posted by Gillhead at 17:16 on 06 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: KeithM L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD You're absolutely right, so why did it receive five star reviews and have everyone single person working in the cinema i was working in at the time think it was the second coming??????? ou'll have to ask the reviewers that.  Did you know they gave Indy IV 4 stars, even after the backlash of the 5 star SR review.  No shame.  No ethics. As for people liking it - re popular than e Go figure. sp; Oh and I like IndyIV as well !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:09 on 06 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I already know that
L: Just Another Guy I'm aware that Superman is potentially immortal. But he shouldn't live forever. Canon doesn't matter, considering it changes regularly. It's senseless, IMO. Superman grew up normally. He should age. He should eventually die. If that's the total opposite of what DC has established, I blame DC. I know this is a matter of opinion, but expecting me to change my mind is pointless. This "super-evolved human race" nonsense would make the story even more ridiculous. Jor-El More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:08 on 06 November 2008 | Report This Post

I already know that
I'm aware that Superman is potentially immortal. But he shouldn't live forever. Canon doesn't matter, considering it changes regularly. It's senseless, IMO. Superman grew up normally. He should age. He should eventually die. If that's the total opposite of what DC has established, I blame DC. I know this is a matter of opinion, but expecting me to change my mind is pointless. This "super-evolved human race" nonsense would make the story even more ridiculous. Jor-El's "great peo More

Posted by Just Another Guy at 23:59 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD You're absolutely right, so why did it receive five star reviews and have everyone single person working in the cinema i was working in at the time think it was the second coming??????? ou'll have to ask the reviewers that.  Did you know they gave Indy IV 4 stars, even after the backlash of the 5 star SR review.  No shame.  No ethics. As for people liking it - re popular than e Go figure. More

Posted by KeithM at 21:22 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: Mason Verger L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD L: Mason Verger L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD We don't really need another Superman movie, i mean, we've had 5 already! We do because he's only been done well twice (in Superman 1 and 2). man film that combines ideas from the comic books with modern film technology has the potential to be something really special.  ] hat what returns was supposed to be? Look how that turned out! like that character has had its screen d More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 20:25 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD L: Mason Verger L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD We don't really need another Superman movie, i mean, we've had 5 already! We do because he's only been done well twice (in Superman 1 and 2). man film that combines ideas from the comic books with modern film technology has the potential to be something really special.  ] hat what returns was supposed to be? Look how that turned out! like that character has had its screen due, like Batman, ENOU More

Posted by Mason Verger at 19:18 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: Mason Verger L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD We don't really need another Superman movie, i mean, we've had 5 already! sp; We do because he's only been done well twice (in Superman 1 and 2). man film that combines ideas from the comic books with modern film technology has the potential to be something really special.  ]   isn't that what returns was supposed to be? Look how that turned out! I feel like that character has had its screen due, like Batman, ENO More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 18:54 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD We don't really need another Superman movie, i mean, we've had 5 already! sp; We do because he's only been done well twice (in Superman 1 and 2). A Superman film that combines ideas from the comic books with modern film technology has the potential to be something really special.  More

Posted by Mason Verger at 18:36 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Re: Please, no...
We don't really need another Superman movie, i mean, we've had 5 already! More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 16:37 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Re: Please, no...
Hello people.   Let me say, first of all, what all true fans of Superman already know: Superman r?eturns was a mediocre, if not horrible, superman movie. aside from the fact that it was a warmed over rip off of the first two donner superman films, the fact is that ony virtually every level the story falls apart. the idea that superman would abandon humanity to search for a planet that he knows is dead, leave without telling Lois, and to boot, leave her pregnant with his baby to fend fo More

Posted by panthergod at 15:06 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Re: Please, no...
To KeithM: Maybe you should read my post again. I understand all that stuff you said. The point is, I think it's a horrific idea. For starters, I don't like the idea that Superman lives forever, invincible or not. He grew from childhood to adulthood like a normal human being, and he should age like a normal human being (albeit more gracefully, and with a longer lifespan). If he does live forever, I don't see why we should have to see his death. Billions of years in the future (as if the world More

Posted by Just Another Guy at 23:46 on 03 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Please, no...
Would you rather see Superman suffer alone for all time, until the stars go out and the universe dies slowly of the final heat death? Has it occurred to you that it might be a happy ending?  A reward - the final peace after all his toil... Scientifically speaking, life on Earth will become uninhabitable 3-4 billion years before the sun becomes a red giant - as the gradual rising temperature of the sun heats Earth, until, in about a billion years or so, the planet will be too hot More

Posted by KeithM at 08:13 on 03 November 2008 | Report This Post

Please, no...
The idea that a Superman trilogy would end like that angers me to no end. When did this idiotic world decide to make Superman a tragic character? I never understood the “Superman lives forever” concept to begin with, but if that’s the weird understanding of a Kryptonian life that we want to embrace, at least have the decency to end his story on a happy note, instead of shoving it in our faces that he lives until the entire human race has died off. That would be the dumbes More

Posted by Just Another Guy at 00:50 on 03 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Interesting
L: KeithM Saying that, who's to say that all the humans who had left Earth wouldn't come back in their super-evolved forms and help out Superman who is, as far as they're concerned, a more primitive life form at that point.  With their advanced technology they could revive him and put him in a zoo or something. sp; Sounds like something out of a Kubrick film. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 18:26 on 01 November 2008 | Report This Post

As long as he spends more time being Superman and less time being a stalker/dead-beat dad, I'll be happy. He is more powerful than a locomotive, let's see some of that too. More

Posted by marscentral at 17:47 on 01 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: KeithM L: bababoozer While his idea is incredibly interesting, it is also super-depressing. The story serves a purpose, but wants to be bummed out at the end of a Superman movie. Or do they? ] Even if it is 4 billion years into the future? It might not be a 'bummer' moment.  It may be poignant, beautiful and fitting... Saying that, who's to say that all the humans who had left Earth wouldn't come back in their super-evolved forms and help out Superman who is, More

Posted by Mason Verger at 16:11 on 01 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Interesting
L: bababoozer While his idea is incredibly interesting, it is also super-depressing. The story serves a purpose, but NO ONE wants to be bummed out at the end of a Superman movie. Or do they? ven if it is 4 billion years into the future? It might not be a 'bummer' moment.  It may be poignant, beautiful and fitting... Saying that, who's to say that all the humans who had left Earth wouldn't come back in their super-evolved forms and help out Superman who is, as far as they' More

Posted by KeithM at 14:09 on 01 November 2008 | Report This Post

Interesting
While his idea is incredibly interesting, it is also super-depressing. The story serves a purpose, but NO ONE wants to be bummed out at the end of a Superman movie. Or do they? More

Posted by bababoozer at 00:48 on 01 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I Think Its a GREAT Idea!
Whatever happens,in the next movie,Superman MUST fight a giant spider in the third act!ctually that sounds like a better ending than Singer came up with! More

Posted by darth silas at 22:49 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I Think Its a GREAT Idea!
L: Kieran_belshaw One thing that always seems to be a constant on imdb and things like this where the public give their opinion is that people are so negative! they always say how 'they' would make it better. ving read about Mark Millar's vision for a trilogy, I think its brilliant. It has the potential to be 3 very mature, moving films about 'the godfather' of superheroes and the ending is very fitting for such an indestructible character. I hope this idea makes it to the screen!ote] & More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 21:06 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

I Think Its a GREAT Idea!
One thing that always seems to be a constant on imdb and things like this where the public give their opinion is that people are so negative! they always say how 'they' would make it better. Well having read about Mark Millar's vision for a trilogy, I think its brilliant. It has the potential to be 3 very mature, moving films about 'the godfather' of superheroes and the ending is very fitting for such an indestructible character. I hope this idea makes it to the screen! More

Posted by Kieran_belshaw at 19:31 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Millar is not the man for Superman. Grant Morrison is. More

Posted by Mr Terrific at 19:04 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
How about Superman meets I Am Legend?   Last man on Earth, only it's Superman! Battling vampires!   More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 16:56 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: methves  Like Bryan Singer. nd you expect people to take you seriously after that? More

Posted by KeithM at 15:56 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

That is, quite simply, the most absurd idea I have ever heard. Superman is about HOPE! Doesn't seem like a lot of hope when we're all dead! It sounds like an interesting movie, as long as it has absolutely nothing to do with Superman. How about we let someone who understands the character direct the movie. Like Bryan Singer. More

Posted by methves at 09:51 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

Have to have an origin
If you don't have an origin and just have Superman show up in the movie will be cheesy. Then that means everybody is requesting a half-ass movie. The characters and the story line must have depth, not just action. Character development is key. That's what Bryan Singer was trying to accomplish with Superman Returns. Give the guy a break, he had to spark up the franchise somehow after 19 years. More

Posted by ASonic77 at 04:51 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

Have to have an origin
Not everybody watches Smallville. Reboot means re-telling the story right? So all those in favor of a reboot (Hoping for a 'Returns' sequel myself) now have to go through an origin. It doesn't have to elaborate on the growing up in smallville time frame, but can actually be better than Donner's origin by actually embracing the origin with more detail of Krypton and show the world more. And let it have some kind of significance throughout the movies that follow. Show some kind of war goin' on or More

Posted by ASonic77 at 04:48 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: rocknrose37 I'm personally not interested in seeing Superman alone on planet earth. He wouldn't have much of a motivation if there wasn't anyone for him to defend, and not villains for him to over come. And I also don't like the idea of Superman losing his powers. The whole concept of Superman being the only being left on earth while losing his powers sounds so boring. I would rather see a kick ass movie that displays all of Superman's abilities. And I would love to see Brandon Routh r More

Posted by KeithM at 02:45 on 31 October 2008 | Report This Post

Superman the begining till end?
I like the End factor he is talking about but WTF is the point in the origins story crap??? SmallVIlle has basically covered every area of clark before he dons the tights and cape. I just hope he means showing clark on krypton before and after it blows and skipping the whole smallville timeline. More

Posted by Steper1 at 23:12 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Wanted ideot
For all those who actually liked (crazy) his last film, this guy is an ideot who made a stupid film! Not many peep id imagine would like to see baby Clark (again) and then see him grow up save people (again again Smallville and again) and noone would want to see him on Earth on his own waiting for death.... i have Cast Away for such isolating movies :) More

Posted by Funk at 22:52 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Is it April 1st?
Like the idea but I think he should do it as a comic series or a series of 3 'elseworlds' graphic novels as I can't see DC going for it any other way. I'd read it. He needs to get areality check. I'm a big fan of MIllars comics (all the way back to the Saviour) but in film he's an unknown and who would take a huge gamble like this. More

Posted by Uncle Ludo at 20:36 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

why redo the origins?
Sorry, but no one will ever better the origin story from Richard Donners 78 Superman film. That was epic! A sequel to Returns could be great if written well. The direction of Returns was top notch, the writing, not so! More

Posted by OzzMosiz at 20:31 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I dont know what's worse
I'm all for Millar's far out approach.   n Returns BE IGNORED - and you can't ignore it better than going with this zany idea.   Nothing personal against Routh but we need a fresh Superman, no connection with Christopher Reeve (RIP) or the Donner films.   Make it dark, make him angry, make it anything I don't care, just give me something new.   How would people feel it Batman Begins (not a fan but lots here love it) had an actor mimicking Michael Keaton with More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 20:21 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

I dont know what's worse
The fact that Mark Miller pitched this or the fact he thinks it will work! Superman as the only being left on planet Earth? Hmm...I am a big fan of the Big Blue Boy Scout but seriously Mark, come on! Realistically that won't happen...and making it into 3 films? 3 seperate films? Fucking hell mate. I still say do a direct sequel to Returns but with some serious action. Let Routh reprise his role as Superman/Clark Kent, ditch Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane cos she just doesnt fit the bill at all More

Posted by Noelg25 at 18:55 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
I'm personally not interested in seeing Superman alone on planet earth. He wouldn't have much of a motivation if there wasn't anyone for him to defend, and not villains for him to over come. And I also don't like the idea of Superman losing his powers. The whole concept of Superman being the only being left on earth while losing his powers sounds so boring. I would rather see a kick ass movie that displays all of Superman's abilities. And I would love to see Brandon Routh reprise the role! More

Posted by rocknrose37 at 17:34 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

I quite like this idea but like others have said, I dunno if that will actually happen. I really would like Brandon Routh to reprise his role too! More

Posted by Big Red at 16:43 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
Sincerely doubt Millar's vision of a Superman trilogy will see light of day cinemawise. Too out there. Doubt a studio would want to risk a project like that. More

Posted by Mr Terrific at 16:29 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
I personally think they should ahve done what they did with Batman instead of Returns - redo the franchise starting again. This could be good for superman if done well, and I figure, heck, let Millar on it and share his vision with us. If its crap then we'll all throw bricks at him :P More

Posted by theamazingsimon at 16:15 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
“The problem with n Returnske releasing rs, ire Strikes Back and then waiting 28 years to release of the Jedisn’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.”   His analogy doesn't work. of the Jedi rehash most of opes and try to pass them off as something new.  More

Posted by Mason Verger at 15:40 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Also
Routh was fucking brilliant as Superman. So fuck you kindly, sir. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 15:33 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Not buying that
Do a direct sequel to Returns. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 15:25 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! GET RID OF ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
L: KeithM Sorry - I didn't mean to sound snappy.  stand by my point though - and I do feel that people who fail to acknowledge the negative reaction to SR are burying their heads in the sand, but I genuinely don't mean it to be personal or anything. sp; ah thats ok o be honest I like Returns although I think it has many ] faults and was not the film I really longed for. The bits I loved personally are the bits that are a to the Richard Donner movie (the bit that got my hairs More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:04 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! GET RID OF ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
Sorry - I didn't mean to sound snappy.  stand by my point though - and I do feel that people who fail to acknowledge the negative reaction to SR are burying their heads in the sand, but I genuinely don't mean it to be personal or anything. More

Posted by KeithM at 14:54 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! KEEP ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
L: KeithM L: waltham1979 L: KeithM L: ASonic77 And the feedback is very positive. h really?  I take it you don't read the internet much then? Feedback has been... mixed, to say the least.  Many, ] people absolutely hated it. yes but many, ] people also liked it. hat does that have to do with it?  The guy said the feedback was 'positive' - it most certainly wasn't.  As I said, the most positive spin one can put on the feedback is that it More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:46 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! GET RID OF ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!!
My feelings exactly. All new. More

Posted by KeithM at 14:21 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! KEEP ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
Get rid of Routh.Hes just a Christopher Reeve impersonator.Get an actor who can truly embody the role of Superman and bring his own unique spin on the character. More

Posted by darth silas at 14:18 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! KEEP ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
L: waltham1979 L: KeithM L: ASonic77 And the feedback is very positive. h really?  I take it you don't read the internet much then? Feedback has been... mixed, to say the least.  Many, ] people absolutely hated it. yes but many, ] people also liked it. hat does that have to do with it?  The guy said the feedback was 'positive' - it most certainly wasn't.  As I said, the most positive spin one can put on the feedback is that it was 'mixed'.&n More

Posted by KeithM at 14:15 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: SUPERMAN REMAKE.
Having read the article I think in theory this is a great idea. Superman is probably the most loved comic character worldwide for many numerous reasons (the Comics, Christopher Reeve, Superman Returns). I think the principal of the idea is awesome, especially the ending. The idea of Superman alone on earth before it supernova's just set off a great image in my head, wow. I've been informed this ending comes from the comic book universe, so there is a point of reference in there. More

Posted by robmaytum at 12:14 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: SUPERMAN REMAKE.
s Returns was an awesome film, loved it, captured a real love for the character and harnesed the darkness and light in the story arc brilliantly./i]  as more than capable, a fantastic performance in both roles, a sequel will come, unfortunately deep down studios don't give a monkey's on original source material, staying true etc, they want wedge and Returns' $400 million worldwide wasn't deemed enough./i]  llar incarnation sounds awful and misguided, bring us Singer and the Doomsd More

Posted by JIm R at 11:53 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

SUPERMAN REMAKE.
as being a gigantic superman fan as he is the epitome of the word superhero. it does sound like a good idea to start from scratch. dont get me wrong here the donner movie was and is the best superman film ever made. havin never read any of millars superman stories i say GO FOR IT DUDE. it would be excellant to have a SERIOUS take on the man of steel without the comedy of the originals even tho they are timeless.except superman 4. singer did a great job on returns with brandon routh he was a More

Posted by mohanicus at 11:46 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Routh has to go. So does the Williams score.
Wipe the slate clean. No Baggage. More

Posted by Wrathschild at 11:31 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! KEEP ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
L: KeithM L: ASonic77 And the feedback is very positive. h really?  I take it you don't read the internet much then? Feedback has been... mixed, to say the least.  Many, ] people absolutely hated it. sp; yes but many, ] people also liked it. More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:29 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Routh as Superman...
... a hundred thousand times. Seriously, I can't imagine anyone else playing him now! More

Posted by diablo1000000 at 11:19 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Boring
I'm getting bored with new origin films for already well established characters. Why can't they just come up with just a different take on Superman? It's the same with Batman. I like to see Batman in his older years struggling with the fact he's getting old and still having to battle like a young man. That would be interesting. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 10:40 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Millar
Millar is cool and writes some cracking stuff (Wolverine; Enemy of the state) but I would prefere, if we're getting in comics talent to do the job, to see Grant Morrison's take on a Superman movie. Read his 'Allstar Superman' right now. Fantastic!!! More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:18 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: KEEP ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!
I love Mark Millar's writing work on The Ultimates, Civil War and Wanted. He is one of the best comic-book writers around (along with Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman). However, unless his "BIG hollywood director" friend is James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott or Michael Bay - I doubt Warner Bros will greenlit his idea. I agree that they should keep Routh. Personally, I would love to see Chris Nolan take over the franchise (instead of a 3rd Batman film) or to see More

Posted by Makman at 08:56 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! KEEP ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
Finally, someone looking to do a serious Superman. Good luck, Millar. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 08:44 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No Matter What!!! KEEP ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
L: ASonic77 And the feedback is very positive. h really?  I take it you don't read the internet much then? Feedback has been... mixed, to say the least.  Many, ] people absolutely hated it. More

Posted by KeithM at 04:00 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

No Matter What!!! KEEP ROUTH AS SUPERMAN!!!!
No matter what happens, the studios have to keep Routh as Supeman. I also think they should let Singer play out what he wants to do with his "Wrath of Khan" sequel. If they really are gonna reboot, the studios could look at Superman Returns as a way to show people the new ERA of SUPERMAN to come. And Superman Returns was just for feedback. And the feedback is very positive. Even critics who were big on 'Returns' praised Routh as a great Superman. Just beef him up a little more. But let More

Posted by ASonic77 at 03:33 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

have any of you read millar's take on Superman. He wrote the elseworlds title, red son. It was awesome. I say give him a chance to show us something new and epic. Better than the same old stuff, maybe it will be fresh and show us things we never would have thought of. Also, he probably wont make Superman throw a saran wrap plastic shield at a bad guy. More

Posted by corywillis2004 at 02:42 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Millar stepped over the line...
Millar has every right to express his views on Superman, but he cant act as if he is taking over the franchise. He's misleading the fans with rumours that have been shut down at every angle. I think he is pretty talented, but I say,besides being contractually obligated,let Singer play it out...then give Millar a chance to blow us away,ya know!? More

Posted by leoscotty at 02:05 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

creative differences
"and end with Superman alone on Planet Earth, the last being left on the planet" Well there's no way a studio are gonna let it end like that. They'll always want the possibility of more sequels. More

Posted by boriordan at 00:48 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

God Damn It!!!!
That was my idea for a grand Superman story, I thought of it a few years ago when I was trying to think of a story for if I ever got to write Superman (unlikely, but a geek can dream can't he?). Now I'll never get to do it as that rat bastard Millar got there first! More

Posted by DorianAsh at 00:40 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

Didn't we already call The Dark Knight the Godfather Part II of comic book films? The comparisons are getting kind of 'blah blah blah', y'know? More

Posted by uheiberg at 23:20 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
What is wrong with you SR fans?  Do you actually like mediocrity? If the studios were ambitious enough, Millar's take could take Superman in the movies to a whole new level.  Go for it, I say. More

Posted by KeithM at 23:18 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
p; 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." t sounds like hes suggesting an almost Godfather III demise of Michael Corlone end to superman there. More

Posted by jackcarter at 23:04 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

I enjoyed WANTED
However, if that is the best example of his original work then may I respectfully suggest he back away from Superman. Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh should be allowed to continue the stirling effort they put into Superman Returns, and build on it just like what was done with X-men and Batman Begins(which took less money at the box office on it's first go, but still got sequels) And Empire would agree with me, hell you gave Superman Returns a FIVE star review, which suggests that you thought it w More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 23:02 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

I agree with supermanfan about the dark knight and batman begins but i have to say i enjoyed superman returns and thought it was cool that it was linked to donners films but was hurt by not having a big baddie that could kick supes ass, i would like singer and brandon back but they need a serious baddie ie doomsday, although saying all that mark millers ideas have merit but not likely to come to fruition to risky. More

Posted by supes2000 at 22:59 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Meh - Batman is a guy that dressess as a bat because his parents got shot. In the comics he wears tights and lives with a young boy. More

Posted by Battan9000 at 22:50 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Make Way For Millar
um...arent Superman I and II generally considered 'The Godfather' of Superhero films? what with them being the first of the big screen big budget star studded serious superhero films that paved the way for todays (like GF I/II were the first real mafia films allowing the likes of Goodfellas etc to be made)...they were written by GF writer Puzo, star Brando (in a similar role to Don Corleone - i.e is the main father figure who dies and then passes it all one to his son who becomes the star) and More

Posted by jackcarter at 22:46 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Yes yes yes yes
I really hope they do this and do it well. The middle section would be the best, but the origin and end of the world stuff 2. Can't wait. Hope they have Dooms Day and Brainiac in it. And some other big bads - even Lex if they do him right. More Smallsville less Returns More

Posted by Battan9000 at 22:45 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Make Way For Millar
I recently read Millar’s ‘Superman: Red Son’ (re-imagines Superman from the point of view of Soviet Russia) and thought it was one of the best Superman stories I’ve seen, so I’m enthusiastic about the writer having a shot at a film trilogy. Donnor’s Superman is one of my favourite films, but I think now a reboot is needed. The character seems to be criticised for being too one dimensional, but I’d argue that there is a lot about him that hasn’t been explored on film yet. As it’s ri More

Posted by d0m_l at 22:28 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Superman is the most famous metaphor
The concept of an epic movie for this character sounds like a perfect match. Although I love most comic book characters for their individual strengths, Superman remains my favorite simply because it is the ultimate metaphor for what we as a society hope for ourselves as individuals. The name says it all. Superman is not perfect but his values strive for perfection. Kryptonite is not his only weakness, but yes it is a “tool”. A tool to show how we overcome our defeats, shortcomings, losses, what More

Posted by REC11 at 22:00 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Can't wait!
I'm not a comic book fan but I am a fan of Superman the Movie and Superman Returns and I think this idea of Millar's sounds absolutely brilliant! However, I don't think any studio will give serious consideration to actually making his proposed trilogy. More

Posted by master exploder at 21:47 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Earth to Millar...do you read me?
Seriously. To mention Lord of the Rings and Godfather trilogy in the same sentence as Wanted and Kick-Ass...well... at least he's got a good sense of humour. More

Posted by Capt. Midnight at 21:09 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Earth to Millar...do you read me?
Seriously. To mention Lord of the Rings and Godfather trilogy in the same sentence as Wanted and Kick-Ass...well... at least he's got a good sense of humour. More

Posted by Capt. Midnight at 21:07 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: What's the point Superman sucks
I really liked Superman Returns so I would love to see a sequel to that as I think Singer did a good job (exactly how does he make his films a thinly veiled allegory for gay rights anyway?  Didn't get that at any point during SR).   That said, Millar's pitch, to me, sounds amazing.  Epic in scale for an epic, god-like character.  I don't think it'll ever happen as I don't think that it would be commercial enough but it is a tantalising prospect.  A real opportunity More

Posted by Gazdance at 20:53 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

What's the point Superman sucks
Yes I prefer Batman as in many incarnations he's middle aged/going on 50 and and years of superheroics tells it's toll on him. It's real (well as real as any superhero character can be). Superman's invincable with all the abilities he needs for any danger. His kryptonite weekness is just a story device and not really telling of a weakness in Kal-el himself Also he's been mainly seen as a tool for the good ol' US of A spreading the patriotic Red, White, and Blue. Basically if this happens Smallv More

Posted by Taz69 at 20:38 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
I'm not for Mark Millar's idea one bit. I've heard the guy's name being banded about, all I know is he's some comic scribe, so I'm not familiar with his work and I have no inclination to be acquainted with his comic oeuvre. I appreciate his approach, using an idea that hasn't been visualised on screen before, however I feel it would be too radical and cumbersome. As another posted noted a stand-alone format rather than an episodic one would befit Superman, people also need to stop referencing c More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 19:41 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

While The Dark Knight & Batman Begins focused on a real life portral of Batman, I dont think that would work on screen for Superman, who is a flying Alien/man in all honesty... I agree with him about his comments about Superman Returns & all the vague sequal shite & the 25 year gap between the 2 movies in question. I want a reboot to start with Krypton but certainly not end with Superman being the last man on earth, hes not f**kin immortal for f**k sake.. Get Smallvilles Tom More

Posted by Supermanfan at 19:27 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Come back, Brandon and Bryan
Superman Returns deserves at least one sequel. Brandon Routh was great, second only to Christopher Reeve. Doing a reboot now is a terrible idea. I like Millar's writing, but he's a shameless self-publicist. I don't agree that tying Superman Returns in with Superman I & II was a bad idea. Most viewers are very familiar with those films. More

Posted by Wormie at 19:21 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Why would Superman stay on earth after mankind has died out? surely he'd fly off to a different world? by then he'd probably have found some alternate version of earth he'd be able to go to... or there'd be somewhere. but I doubt he'd just sit around for a few milenia just waiting for the sun to engulf him. I agree that it's a great idea, but better suited to another hero. or maybe a way to do the justice league... er... justice... follow it from inception to end. that way everyone'd get their m More

Posted by Adrian at 18:33 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

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L: sanchia From the very brief description it sounds like it would be better as a comic than a film. sp; At least it won't have Lex Luthor's latest real estate scam. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 18:24 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
L: mafyou Well I don't think there is an awful lot to go on at the moment and if it did happen things would most certainly change. To be honest, I really like Superman Returns. I will just be happy to see a new Superman film, whoever it's by. i feel the exact same way. i just want to watch another superman movie at the cinema. as much as i loved Superman returns i'm resigned to to the fact that it wont get a sequel. too many people just dont like it, hate it even. i think its long past More

Posted by bad hat harry at 18:10 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

From the very brief description it sounds like it would be better as a comic than a film. More

Posted by sanchia at 17:53 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

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I can see it now, Superman alone on deserted Earth, writing a journal of his thoughts... flashback to Smallville. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 17:50 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
This could work but would not hit screens for 4 to 5 years minimum , if they got it off the ground soon . The Russian who did Wanted is my guess as 'Director' which could work also . Just keep it separate from the next Supes sequel which should be Singer allowed to go X2 on its ass . More

Posted by Beno at 17:49 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

why the fuck can't he just name the director? More

Posted by The Gaffer at 17:41 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
Well I don't think there is an awful lot to go on at the moment and if it did happen things would most certainly change. To be honest, I really like Superman Returns. I will just be happy to see a new Superman film, whoever it's by. More

Posted by mafyou at 17:41 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
Don't like the sound of this. The series ending with the earth being destroyed and Superman losing his powers. Superman is supposed to represent hope and be eternal. In no way should this be the Superman story we see. Plus the LOTR style trilogy idea I don't think fits in with WB's plans to do a JLA film and have at least one film for each JLA member. Lastly, just because Mark Millar writes good comic books does not mean he can write a good film. Film writing and Comic book writing are t More

Posted by BatFan at 17:29 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Brian Singer is a Fraud.
L: mightyhypnotoad I'm sorry but telling Mark Millar to fuck himself because you don't like his Idea is a little bit childish is it not? Brian Singer has made exactly 1 good film: The usual Suspects. The only reason it was any good was because of Christopher Mcquarries intelligent script. Way of the Gun McQuarries follow up and first forray into the directors chair proved that. The X-men films were awfull Singer seems to turn everything he touches into a thinley veiled platform More

Posted by waltham1979 at 17:20 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Brian Singer is a Fraud.
I'm sorry but telling Mark Millar to fuck himself because you don't like his Idea is a little bit childish is it not? Brian Singer has made exactly 1 good film: The usual Suspects. The only reason it was any good was because of Christopher Mcquarries intelligent script. Way of the Gun McQuarries follow up and first forray into the directors chair proved that. The X-men films were awfull Singer seems to turn everything he touches into a thinley veiled platform for gay rights. Now I believ More

Posted by mightyhypnotoad at 17:07 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Interesting...but not for Superman
Like the idea a lot actually though for similar reasons to most can't see it working for Superman. I supposed to get something like that made/funded would need to be attached to a major icon like Superman so I'll have to say it sounds unlikely. Maybe attach it to Union another Super hero who started life originaly as Image comics Superman rip off but evolved into a not too bad character in his own right. More

Posted by bronco3114 at 16:55 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

This....
reminds me of what made the first Donner movie so great (it was three movies in one: sci-fi, homely coming-of-age story and comic book movie). Only now stretching that out over multiple movies. Could be epic and groundbreaking or a complete embarrassment. More

Posted by Bruce Vain at 16:28 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Just wait a minute!
Another movie that, with Superman alone as the earth dies, seems to add to the roster of fun-free blockbusters!!! More

Posted by Monkeyshaver at 16:25 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: wow !!
L: waltham1979 couldnt be less enthusiastic if I tried !! comics were taken seriously before The Dark Knight and the reason Begins worked so well is we had not had a proper story on screen for the birth of Batman - for n so back and do it again ?? the idea - as previous threads - of making Supe's films like Bond (stand alone films as opposed to episodic) but this just reaks a little of desperation from Millers part to get hold of the movie. what Singer did - he is an excellent direct More

Posted by blueyes at 16:22 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Just wait a minute!
This actually sounds like a good idea in principle, and who is this mysterious Director everyone is talking about? If it is being hushed up sooo much he must be fairly good. If its Christopher Nolan, I'm going to drown in my own salivation. Why is everyone so negative about this anyway? This at the very least is going to be a good insight into the entire existence of superman, and no decent big comic book movie has ever shown the demise of an icon. The Death of Superman sounds very promising in More

Posted by olixander at 16:21 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

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