I don’t think I understand Superman.
I’ve never really been drawn to superheroes with big, flamboyant powers… and I know that’s a cliché standpoint for Anti-Superman Fanboys, but it’s simply true: I would much rather watch a flawed character in a difficult situation, pushed to their physical/ emotional limits… and (at least in the Supes material I’ve read—and I’ll admit that I’m not all that well-versed in it) Superman never seems to be truly in danger of losing it all. Even when writers try to push him to the brink everything seems to be resolved by just being a good guy who believes in good and good people and good things.
With one exception.
If you’ve read “Superman: Red Son,” you know of Mark Millar’s prowess as a storyteller. Just look at the final scene, where Superman reads the sentence Luthor wrote—the sentence that “summarizes all of his fears and insecurities”—and he…well… I won’t spoil it for you. Go out and read the book. The point is, though I don’t fully understand Superman’s appeal, it is clear that Mark Millar understands Superman’s character and all of its nuances—and I feel that through his eyes maybe I will come to understand Superman as well.
Which is why it was so exciting to hear that Mark Millar’s film version of Superman is this close to happening:
So. A Lord of the Rings-esque trilogy of Superman films—essentially a seven hour story broken into three parts? From Mark Millar, writer of “The Ultimates” and “The Authority” and, of course, “Superman: Red Son?” Count me in.
Apparently Millar has been formulating the idea for the plot of this trilogy for years—but only now when Superman: Man of Steel seems to be all but forgotten and a “very well-known” but as-yet-unnamed director has approached him does it look like he will get to see his vision come to life.
Of course, Millar could just be fucking with us—But I for one am salivating at the prospect of seeing Superman’s character realized on film via Millar. Perhaps he will finally show me what’s so great about a guy who flies at Mach 3 and shoots lasers out of his eyes.