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WILL WORK FOR FREE - MILLAR ON SUPERMAN RETURNS SEQUEL

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In the last few years, writers offering to write projects for free (or at least severely reduced rates) has become more common, with the most recent (until now) being Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles, who claimed he’d write the Hulk for free at Marvel.

Today, with news that Superman Returns screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris won’t return for the sequel, reportedly leaving Warner Bros. searching for pitches, another writer has chucked his hat into the “free” ring – Mark (Ultimates, Wanted) Millar.

And he’s already started the ball rolling, according to a post by the creator on his website:

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.

Anyway, my treatment is being polished as we type. Wish me luck. I want to do that Superman movie we all want to see.


Millar has made no secret of the fact that he’s long wanted to write a or any Superman comic for DC, with his Ultimates collaborator Bryan Hitch on art, however, due to his continued working relationship with Marvel and allegedly due to some of his more controversial comments about DC, there has been no progress on that front.

Millar’s “starting from scratch” comment in regards to a sequel has some basis in the Hollywood rumor mill which Variety claims says that the studio will essentially pull a Hulk on Superman Returns, that is, ignore or seriously downplay elements from Brian Singer’s movie (itself a “sequel” to Superman II), and start fresh, which is what Marvel is doing with it’s upcoming sequel to Ang Lee’s Hulk. Doing so would allow the franchise to jettison some of the trickier elements of the film, such as Superman’s son.

While the trade says that’s what the industry chatter is, it also dismisses the same rumors, reporting that Warner Bros. denies such plans, and that the Superman Returns sequel will be a sequel in the traditional sense of the word, most likely with Brandon Routh returning in the title role.

Regardless of the form the prospective film will take, we’re sure Millar will keep us updated on his progress. Millar and Hitch's next comic work will be a run on Marvel's Fantastic Four, beginning with issue #554, now scheduled for February.

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I'm really bummed that this project seems to be falling apart and now have little hope for the sequel. :cry:

As much as I've liked a lot of Millar's stuff, I can't help noting that he raved about Superman Returns on his blog when it came out.


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While I can't see any way Millar gets through, I do think I'd enjoy reading his treatment.


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Mark Millar wrote:
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.

Superman Returns was good for what it was, a conclusion to the Christopher Reeve films, but this is exactly what Superman needs to thrive as a film franchise. It would be great if Warner Bros. took him seriously.


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If Lex ix the main villian in another Supes movie I will kill someone.


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DC Superfan wrote:
If Lex ix the main villian in another Supes movie I will kill someone.


And I will hold them down for you. We need another villain other than Lex (especially if he isnt recast, sorry Kevin Spacey).


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I want to see Superman punch more things. Like hard.


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I want to see him give the same speech he gave to Darkseid in the last JLU episode on the big screen. To Darkseid or someone comparable. That whole thing about living in a world made of cardboard and then being able to cut loose on Darkseid was awesome!

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Arsenio3 wrote:
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If Lex ix the main villian in another Supes movie I will kill someone.


And I will hold them down for you. We need another villain other than Lex (especially if he isnt recast, sorry Kevin Spacey).

I couldn't agree more. Superman has plenty of good rogues that would be great in a movie: Bizarro, Brainiac, Metallo, Parasite, Livewire, Toyman, etc. There's no excuse to use Luthor every single time.

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Read somewhere that Millar is out because he is a Marvel writer...the thinking being that studios only want to hire established screenwriters, so comic writers are always shafted, but if the WB did go with a comic writer--they would rather have one of "their" guys on it over a guy who writes for Marvel.


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Ultimate Superman by Mark Millar......

"Do you think this 'S' stands for France?!!!!!!"

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WB Won't Take Millar for Superman...

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October 24, 2007

Just a few days ago, we mentioned that Mark Millar was serious about pitching a story for the Superman Returns sequel. Now, he's saying that Warner Bros. has already thrown out the idea, and the reason might surprise you:

Okay, as you know I was very excited about the opportunity that WB were looking for a new writer on this project. Superman is the be all and end all for me (he's why I started reading and why I started typing). It's funny how quickly news spread because one little post on my message board here ended up literally all over the comic book and movie sites inside about twelve hours and the response from fellow Superman fans was incredibly positive. Thanks again for that.

Anyway, my agent is a big beast at CAA and can set up meetings with anyone. I'm always amazed by this because, like all comic guys, I do this job in a converted attic at home on a rainy rock some miles from mainland Europe and about as far from Hollywood as you can get. But my agent got my call around 4pm my time on Tuesday and within hours we were talking on the phone to some very nice exec at Warner Bros who said that several producers and director friends had already been in touch to push me for the gig because they knew how passionate I was about this project. And for about fifteen minutes things were looking very sweet. I had a massive three-picture epic in mind, cribbed from notes I've been putting together for the last five years for a Superman comic-book revamp and the people I spoke to absolutely loved it. Everyone said this was very, very exciting, but...

Well, sadly, I'm a Marvel guy and we were surprised to find out that WB couldn't hire me for a DC property. They were incredibly nice and superbly apologetic about it, but when they discussed the matter seriously DC explained just how associated I am with Marvel Comics at the moment and it's against company policy to hire the competition. It's absolutely nothing personal. I spoke to some friends at DC and they explained this has happened with a couple of big Marvel writers in the last couple of years and I absolutely respect that. It's a business after all and to have a guy writing Fantastic Four, 1985, Kick-Ass and another super-big project for Steve McNiven this year which would be mentioned in every article about a Superman movie is not only an insult to their own writers, but makes bad business sense. I have nothing but respect for the DC high-ups and, though obviously disappointed, can absolutely appreciate their position. They're the custodians of these properties and they obviously know what they're doing.

So no Millar-penned Superman movie at this stage, I'm afraid. That situation may change, of course. As a Warner chum said to me last night, the last Superman movie had a number of starts and stops and who knows what will happen over the next couple of years, especially after my Marvel contract expires. In the meantime, I'm keeping my 200 pages of notes and sketches on a slow boil, just in case. As for the next movie, I wish whoever does land this gig nothing but the best of luck. I wanted to bring my vision to the screen out of nothing but pure love and hope to be as thrilled as everyone else. They're talking to a couple of guys with a better screen-writing track record and, like the rest of you, I'll keep my fingers crossed that this sequel to Bryan's first picture all works out great.

Thanks again for all the support and backing for my involvement in this project. It stunned me that the WB people had seen this and it absolutely factored in how quickly all those doors opened for me.


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Man! That dude seems really cool. What a great attitude. I hope something changes and he does get to write it.

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I think it's incredibly short-sighted and passionless for DC to 'not hire the competition' for something. Isn't it the end goal to put out the BEST POSSIBLE PRODUCT FOR THE CONSUMER???

Sheesh...sometimes I'd like to bust into the exec's meeting and start punching people...

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Ironic, too, since they hired Singer and his entire crew right off the already-in-preproduction X-Men 3...

Otherwise, I couldn't disagree more about another Supermovie. I want more Lex/Spacey, not less, don't particularly want to see Superman punching anything, don't want recreations of animated episodes that are perfect they way they are, and really just want to see the characters and situations Singer and his writers already established play out further.

If a comic writer was going to write a Superman movie, I would want it to be Millar or Morrison, but neither of them has actually written a movie...


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