Mark Millar Explains His Potential 8-Hour Superman Film

You have to hand it to Mark Millar. He’s certainly making the best of Hollywood’s interest in anything with his name attached to it. Take, for instance, the resurfacing of Millar’s pitch for an epic, live-action Superman story that would involve multiple films and chronicle the entire life of DC’s favorite Kryptonian superhero.

EmpireOnline has a brief interview with Millar that reveals a few more details about the massive pitch, which he compares to the “Godfather” trilogy in its birth-to-death take on a single character.

“I want to start on Krypton, a thousand years ago,” said Millar, “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.”

Millar told Empire he’s working closely with a “big Hollywood action director” to make the project a reality, and proposed releasing the story in three films, spaced a year apart in theaters — similar to “Lord of the Rings.” The writer also explained what he saw as the major flaw in releasing “Superman Returns” in 2006, telling Empire it 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.”

Millar’s interest in crafting an epic Superman film went public almost a year ago today, when it was announced that the “Superman Returns” writers weren’t returning for the proposed sequel, “The Man of Steel.” At the time, the adaptation of Millar’s “Wanted” was still in the early stages of development, but Millar responded to Warner Bros’ open call for Superman scripts by pitching one of his own — and posting some details about it on his MillarWorld forums. He later announced that Warner Bros had declined his pitch due to his close ties with Marvel Comics.

However, with the impressive box-office success of “Wanted,” a film based on another Millar-penned series, “Kick-Ass,” currently filming in London (and starring Nicolas Cage), his work on Marvel’s “Ultimate” line often cited as the basis for “The Avengers” and many of Marvel Studios’ other upcoming superhero films, one has to wonder if Warner Bros might be a bit more open to his ideas these days. There’s no arguing that the Scottish writer has been pretty busy in the last year.


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2 thoughts on “Mark Millar Explains His Potential 8-Hour Superman Film

  1. DAMN, that is a really gnarly concept with him being the last one on the planet and then losing his powers as the sun goes super nova……

  2. I think this is a great idea, though it might be best to do just do one three hour film and cover the past (the past we all know from the classic Richard Donner film) in say, the first twenty minutes.

    I see no reason to rehash the now legendary creation of the character in two brand new two hour films before we get to what I am sure would be the freshest look at the character in the third film. But maybe Millar can pull it of….who am I to say?

    In fact, I had always thought a cool “moving forward”/rebooting of the character would be to have “a” film open with:

    the camera panning accross three gravestones: Jimmy Olsen, Louis Lane, and Perry White. and then the camera would pull back and reveal Clark kent standing over the graves, remembering his long dead friends.
    Several key scenes from both the George Reeves series and the Christopher Reeve film could be quickly recreated in a heartwarming montage played out over the image of Clark remembering the past while standing in the cemetery overlooking Metropolis (complete with the latest state of the art whiz-bang special effects of course)

    Then, his ears pick up a signal and running behind a tree, he speed changes into Superman and flies off to save a life.

    We would join him later at his job. But not the job of a reporter. (Yes even this iconic staple should get a reboot) Maybe he would try something less highprofile like a saleman or even some bluecollar job

    Remeber–The man, while maybe not immortal, can outlive any human friends he might make here on earth. It stands to reason that after forty or fifty years they would get suspicious that their old friend Kent hasn’t really aged much, let alone ever gotten sick and so he has to move on.
    (This was done up quite well in last years DVD film, Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth which starred William Katt)
    Or go through the boring daily ritual of coloring his hair and slouching over every ten years as he “ages” all for the benefit of a handful of friends so that his identity doesn’t get revealed which would naturally put them all in grave danger.
    It’s far easier to just skip town. And start over on the other side of the world. Do this every fifty years or so and chances are you would never need run into any old friends and still be able to keep an eye on the planet and save those that you can, when you can.

    But the coolest thing would be to show how this affects him

    It would remind the viewers that this guy will never be like us and after awhile he would want to be like us. Experience life the way we do, knowing that someday we all die and to make the most of our life while we can……which is where Millar’s last sentence about him being alone on earth as the sun strips him of his powers

    And if this film deal goes through then I certainly hope he’ll consider asking DC permission to write the book
    It could potentially be one great Superman story that would be remembered for generations

    And again— thats all just my opinion (and I hope I didnt reveal any film spoilers because I thought this all up on my own the past couple of years. But hey, DC, please feel free to use any of this…I’ll allow it. I just want to see it unfold onscreen man!
    I’ve been a fan all my life and it would be refreshing to see a new take on an old character who is (to me) showing his age

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