Vaughn and Millar deliver Multiple Sclerosis superhero
Mark Millar's latest comic book series, Superior, is just about to release issue five and already it's been bought up to be made into a film by Matthew Vaughn, the man who delivered Kick-Ass. The comic has been getting a lot of positive reviews, and not just because the main character suffers from multiple sclerosis but because it's a damn good story by all accounts.
The fact that Vaughn has bought the property and intends to make it into a film means that it certainly is a strong property and there's a lot of potential on screen for the idea. I think this has the potential to capture the imagination of a lot of people and on the way do a lot of good.
The story of Superior portrays a young boy who is suffering from multiple sclerosis turning into a superhero with amazing abilities, and some that he just doesn't have himself, like the ability to walk. Using his powers he rights wrongs, saves people from natural disasters and even ends wars, but there's a heavy price to pay being the hero.
First Showing have the story, describing it as Big meets Superman, which I'm sure is belittling the story itself but it does sound like a good comparison, and they also carry a comment from Mark Millar about the project.
"I wanted to write about a superhero with a disability and I chose MS because it's something that touched one of my school-friends growing up. I'm acutely aware of the unexpected way the disease can strike anyone and the enormous difficulties it can cause. Superhero stories are essentially wish-fulfilment fantasies and nothing seemed more powerful to me than a little boy with a magic wish not only wanting to walk again, but to fly."
Millar has been working with the The National MS Society on the project and the character is being used to present the condition in a different light and try and give a more positive view of this character than is normally seen with multiple sclerosis sufferers.
"I'm delighted to work with such an incredible institution as the MS Society and feel privileged that they approached me to use this character in a positive way. We're used to seeing characters with MS as victims and I wanted to do something where the kid is not only a lead, but the most powerful person on the planet. I'm really delighted people have taken this to their hearts as much as they have."
That's fantastic and who would have thought that the man behind Kick-Ass could deliver a story that mixed the two worlds so well and did something this positive? I'm sure that will be a surprise to Hollywood executives who will be sitting listening to the pitch expecting Kick-Ass 2 or 3 and hearing a hugely positive story.
This has great potential to be a film, and I'm really glad that it's in the hands of someone like Matthew Vaughn. I'm sure he and Jane Goldman, whom I assume will be working with him on the screenplay again, will deliver something just as powerful for film.