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Mark Millar on new Superman

SupermanReturns_Poster.jpgWith a Superman reboot in the works, there are a few scripts being worked on. One of them is from Mark Millar, writer of Wanted and Kick-Ass.

He's still keeping schtum on who the director is, but he has let some details out about what the story arc would be. And it involves The Godfather.

With the Superman reboot confirmed a while ago, we've all been waiting on news of what it will mean. Recently we heard that Brandon Routh could still be playing Superman in the next film.

One of the rumoured four pitches for the new film involve a script being written by Mark Millar. He says that he is working on a script, and there is an unknown action director close to being involved. That's about all we knew, until Millar talked to Empire. He gave some details of what he has in mind for the new Superman:

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 three films in total would amount to about 8 hours, and be released a year apart. Millar has had some less than complimentary things to say about Superman Returns (Filmstalker review), and he explained where he thought they had gone wrong.

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.

Different for Millar seems to involve going right back to the very beginning, and literally finishing at the end.

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

That last bit seems a bit strange to me. Last man on earth? Not being familiar with the comic books I couldn't tell you how realistic that is. The whole idea sounds pretty epic. Is this where you would want Superman to go? Is it the right approach?





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Give that mans vision the green light, it sounds epic.

It's been established in the comics for a while that Superman, because of the powers given to him from the Sun, either ages at a much slower rate or stops getting older all together. There are a great many stories set in the far future where Supes looks pretty much the same (sometimes his age is represented via a slight greying of his hair at his temples and other times with a great big shock of white hair and beard) but is far more powerful due to his constant exposure to our Sun, charging him up. So this idea does hold some weight.

And it would be quite interesting, as well. Think about it, the most powerful man alive, unable to stop those he loves succumbing to old age while he lives on. How tragic would that be?

I say go with this idea. It sounds like it could be superb, and as it will be a self contained story there is no reason why they can't restart the franchise (again) after it ends.

Interesting as it all sounds, basically he's saying to the studio - "I want to end your money making franchise in three films".

Now looking at it like that, are the studio going to say yes?

this sounds good, they should take this idea and let him run with it. but first he should write all three movie scripts so that his plan in out in front of him.
on the matter of redoing the movies or rebooting them after this they could say that it was an alternate reality or universe like they do with Smallville the tv series that way a new superman would be set on earth 1 or whatever they call it.
i think this would be good but i hope we see a darker lex maybe James Masters (spike) could be lex or michael keaton. aim for adult viewing and not family film.

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