Following on from the record-breaking opening this weekend, is Wanted creator Mark Millar about to get the chance to fulfill his dreams and revamp Superman "for the 21st century"? That seems to be what he's claiming, and not for the first time.
Talking to the Scottish Daily Record newspaper, Millar explained that the success of Wanted has taken him one step closer to his dream of reworking the Man of Steel:
Since I was a kid I've always wanted to reinvent Superman for the 21st century. 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. The Superman brand is toxic after that last movie lost $200million, 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.
He elaborated slightly on his messageboard soon after:
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.
While some people are getting very excited about this idea, it's worth pointing out that Mark's actually sung this song before. Cut to October 2007:
It's 8.58am right now, my guys at CAA get into the office in about seven hours and my call will be waiting for them to talk about this. I want to revamp Superman like Hillary wants thin ankles. Revamping this franchise is what I as given fingers for and so, invited or not, I'm putting my plan together now. I've been asked to work on half a dozen screenplays lately, but this is the only one I have ever truly wanted.
As most here know, 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. I would honestly write this thing for free.
He didn't get the gig because, he explained, Warner Bros didn't want to hire a Marvel Comics-contracted writer for a DC Comics project. Which seemed somewhat strange considering Warner then hired fellow Marvel-exclusive writer Marc Guggenheim to write the Green Lantern movie less than a week later, but facts should never get in the way of a good story.
For those who may be interested in what Mark's plans for Superman would be, he's hardly been shy about sharing in the past; in addition to the now-legendary failed pitch from the year 2000 (when Millar, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid and Tom Peyer tried and failed to take over the comic franchise), he's also been happy enough to talk about his own plans once or twice. Care to share, Mark?:
I know Superman isn't an orphan in this dreadful period he's been under seige (from 1986 until Hitchy and I fix him again), but the true understanding of the character is, like Bambi, he loses his Mum and Dad again. All the iconic heroes do whether it's Superman, Bambi or Batman... Superman is God, Jor-El is the Holy Spirit and Clark Kent is Jesus. The Kents are Mary and Joseph and Lois is Mary Magdelene.
Yeah, that's the kind of Superman movie that the world is waiting for alright.
So is this latest claim true? Going on past experience (like Mark's Eminem is going to star in Wanted claim or the Jim Caviezel is Superman in Superman Returns bet), I wouldn't bet on it, but stranger things have happened, and that Wanted box office haul has to be pretty persuasive to Hollywood types...