On Friday, OWF’s Nicola Balkind spoke to Kick-Ass and Wanted creator Mark Millar at the Glasgow International Film Festival in what turned out to be a rather lengthy interview. We taped the conversation but it won’t be posted for a little while just yet as we are currently editing the footage.
I wanted to get this up right away though as it’s topical. Now, as anyone who has read OWF casually for the past two years will know, Millar attempted to get a Superman movie off the ground at Warner Bros. well before anyone else had any interest in doing so.
By my timeline, the closest he got was in the summer of ’08, in a pitch he made to the studio with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn. Our opening question to Millar was about the Superman situation, which he answered refreshingly extensively, going so far as to give his blessing to Team Nolan who this month were hired to bring The Man of Steel back to the big screen…
For every project that comes out of Hollywood, they talk to 100 guys. They have conversations with people: sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m not actually that interested in doing other people’s characters. The only stuff I’m really interested in is the stuff I was into when I was wee. I’ve been offered some pretty cool films, and I always turn them down, but Superman was the one I always really loved when I was a kid. I tried to get it myself, unsuccessfully, about 4 years ago, then about 2 years ago Matthew Vaughn (director of Kick Ass) and I tried to get it. They were more interested in him than me, and they had a conversation with him about it… At the time nobody was very interested in doing a Superman movie – the last one had lost 200 million – and it was a bit toxic at the time. Then, they just lost interest in us. They talked to some others like the Wachowskis, James McTeigue and a few others. Now, David Goyer and Chris Nolan have got it, which is brilliant. As a fan, I’d love to see a great Superman movie and I think that Dave Goyer is the man. The Batman films have been brilliant, so I hope they can carry that same magic over.
Stay tuned for our full exclusive chat with Millar – in which he talks candidly with OWF about Superman, Wanted 2, his upcoming comic book projects Nemesis and more!!
This article was first posted on February 28, 2010