Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Mark Millar is known for telling stories, on and off the page. For the last year he’s been going around saying he is working with an unnamed big director on a pitch for Superman. While I’m not against the idea of a Millar-penned Superman movie, I just don’t believe it. But Millar keeps on talking to anyone who will listen, and this time tells Empire Magazine that his pitch is for an 8-hour saga told over the course of three films, each which he hopes would be released one year apart.
“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 Dark Knight showed you can take a comic book property and make a serious film, and I think the studios are ready to listen to bigger ideas now.”
Millar certainly knows how to get the fanboy inside me excited, but I just don’t see it happening. Especially the gigantic ending he sees for the new trilogy:
“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.”
I somehow doubt Warner Bros would ever even consider that ending, as cool as it might be in concept. You have to remember, Warner Bros cares about the character as a franchise, and a franchise can’t exist if it has a finite conclusion.