Matthew Vaughn Buys Film Rights to Mark Millar’s ‘Superior’

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Mark Millar’s Wanted and Kick-Ass comic books have both been made into major motion pictures. And while the former is in the process of being sequelized, Kick-Ass 2 may never see the light of day (despite Millar’s continued insistence to the contrary).

Now comes word that Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass, has bought the film rights to one of Millar’s most recent comic books, Superior, which can basically be summed up as the movie Big starring a mish-mash of Superman/Captain Marvel instead of Tom Hanks.

According to a press release sent to Comic Book Movie:

“The hugely popular comic ‘Superior’, which is part of the Millarworld line, follows the tale of a young boy living with multiple sclerosis who’s granted a magic wish. He asks to be transformed into his favourite big screen action hero and uses his new super-powers to right the real world’s wrongs. Whereas most superheroes fight criminals and stop bank robberies, this little boy uses his abilities to end the war in the Middle-East, feed the starving, rescue people from natural disasters and anything else the public wants. But have these incredible powers and worldwide adulation come at a price? This dark, magical tale has been described by critics as Big meets Superman, a unique take on the superhero mythos with a magical element that appeals to Harry Potter fans as much as the traditional superhero audience. The movie rights to this book were snapped up by ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘X-Men’ director Matthew Vaughn with a view to turning this into a Hollywood blockbuster.”

This is the second Mark Millar book that has been “optioned” since Kick-Ass was released. Supposedly, Tony Scott (Unstoppable) has committed to directing Millar’s critically-reviled Nemesis, too – though we haven’t heard anything about that in eleven months, so it’s entirely possible that that film has slipped into the ninth circle of development hell.

Kick-Ass, Nemesis, and Superior all happen to have had their film rights purchased before the comic books were even finished. This sort of thing has left Millar open to the criticism that he isn’t writing comics to write quality stories anymore – he’s writing them so he can make money by selling the ideas as films.

In fact, a comic Millar hasn’t even produced a single issue of yet - Supercrooks, another tale about super villains, this time in the vein of Ocean’s 11 – is apparently going to be directed by Spanish director Nacho Vigalando. If you believe that sort of thing.

Mark Millars Superior Optioned By Matthew Vaughn Matthew Vaughn Buys Film Rights to Mark Millar’s Superior

Frankly, it would come as a massive surprise if any of these films actually made it to the big screen. Why, this late in the game, would Tony Scott make a film of Nemesis – a book few regular folk have heard about, and even fewer liked – when he has other projects on his plate? (He’s currently directing Emma’s War and producing a whole host of films/TV shows.)

Why would Kick-Ass 2 go into production when Kick-Ass 1 wasn’t all that successful and the comic book version of Kick-Ass 2 has been plagued by huge delays and poor reviews?

The point is: until Superior officially goes into production, it’s probably safe to assume it won’t go into production. Then again, Matthew Vaughn did have the following to say in the press release:

“I have always enjoyed working with Mark and his latest exciting project Superior is something that we are very much looking forward to making.”

Could Vaughn really make Superior happen before jumping in to, say, an X-Men: First Class sequel? Only time will tell for sure, but if you can’t tell yet – I’m doubtful.

What about you guys? Do you want to see Superior as a film? Let us know in the comments.


Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Superior #5 (of 7) hit shelves this past Wednesday, October 5th, 2011.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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  1. You can think of Kick-Ass as The Matrix, both were good movies but not great box office. Both of these (The Matrix more) became popular after release, look at Matrix 2. So I think a Kick-Ass 2 would be successful.

    • The first Matrix film was a huge success financially both domestically and internationally. The film cost 60 million to make and made a worldwide box office of 464 million in 1999 (726 million by todays standards) was a hit critically, commercially and was the first DVD to sell a million units I believe,and won four Oscars (albeit in the technical categories) revolutionized the film industry with it’s clever use of “bullet time”..

      I don’t think Kick @$$ comes close in comparison although I have enjoyed it a lot in the multiple times I have watched it..

      • Yeah, The Matrix was a pretty massive success, all things considered.

  2. Superior is average to say the me Millar took Superman/Captain Marvel/Hyperion and just turned him into someone who curses a lot with the mentality of a 12 year old..I didn’t like the “twist” in this book either..I still have two more issues to read (once they are finally finished by ICON) but it never really pulled me in…It had potential but Millar let his giant ego get in the way of another potentially decent take on the “Spuerman” archetype…

    • Agreed.

  3. Would be cool

  4. If you bothered to check how much money it actually made in theatres before writing tripe like “Why would Kick-Ass 2 go into production when Kick-Ass 1 wasn’t all that successful” you´d realise that it made 96 million on a production budget of 30 million. The prints and advertising can´t have been much more that 10-15 million so it made about twice it´s budget back. If you then take the dvd/blu-ray sales into the equation then it´s probably a relative success.

    I´m not saying the sequel will happen but Kick-Ass was NOT a financial failure. It was also better than the comic so who´s to say that the sequel won´t be better than the Kick-Ass 2 comics?

    • First of all, the film barely made its budget back domestically, which is the most important thing in determining a film’s success. Secondly, $96 million isn’t all that much when the marketing budget was $20-30 million (don’t know where you concocted 10-15, as most films cost more than that) and only, like, 70% of that money goes back to the studio in the first place, a certain percentage of which then is given to producers/people with back-end film profit deals. Furthermore, success of a film is rarely based on the DVD sales unless those DVD sales are through the freaking roof.

      I also never said it was a failure. Please press control f (or command f if you’re using a Mac) and search “failure” to show me where I wrote the word failure. I said it wasn’t all that successful, yes, and it wasn’t, not by movie-making standards. Geez, what a weird thing (and non-issue) to overreact about!

      • “I also never said it was a failure. Please press control f (or command f if you’re using a Mac) and search “failure” to show me where I wrote the word failure. I said it wasn’t all that successful, yes, and it wasn’t, not by movie-making standards. Geez, what a weird thing (and non-issue) to overreact about!”

        If anything, the above, is an overreaction.

        Did I write that YOU said the word failure? Did I? If you read again you´ll see that I never wrote that.

        The production budget was about 30 million I believe and even if P & A was 20-30 million as you wrote, the movie would then have made slightly more that 1,5 it´s budget back worldwide. Are you sure the marketing budget was 20-30 million? 10-15 million is low, I agree but then, I didn´t see a lot of marketing for it. As for where I got those numbers from, one of the guys on Slashfilm spoke to a guy in the industry who put forward those numbers. Maybe it´s not true, but I´ll take his word considering there didn´t seem to be much promotion behind it.

        I know that the domestic numbers are most important to the studios but explain Riddick 3 to me then. Or any other number of flops that gets sequels or reboots or whatever. Many movies less successfull than Kick-Ass got sequels.

        Again, I´m not saying it will happen, I´m just tired of people putting down the idea of Kick-Ass getting a sequel with the same arguments everytime Mark Millar says it´s happening.

  5. Wow I’m surprised they’re still talking about a sequel after how poor Kick-Ass did. I watched and I can see why I thought it was just really boring and uninteresting.

  6. id rather see a Shazam/Captain Marvel movie. Seeing CM and Black Adam duke it out on the big screen would be crazy. Also if that ever happens, Arnold Vosloo needs to play Black Adam

    • You can check them out in the DC Showcase short.

  7. It sounds awesome. And I hope kickass 2 does make it also it was fantastic.

  8. The hugely popular comic Superior?? I don’t know about that…kinda sounds like self inflated Mark Millar hype if you ask me. Frankly I would be really surprised if this got made over the extremely cooler idea of a DC Shazam comic. It prolly most likely won’t happen anyways, but the only reason i’ve been following said comic is because I’m an aspiring screenwriter myself and I came up with a similiar concept (but a altogether different plotline), which i invested alot of thought and heart into. (And so far this story just seems half assed and contritely clever.) But since I’ve long ago gotten into comics writer Grant Morrison, (who incidently was Millar’s onetime mentor) and his whole idea of chaos magick, I’m sure you can guess what I’m gonna do next jus by looking at my screen-name…

  9. Why in the world isn’t WB/DC working on the SHAZAM movie???? In light of this news, they better get off their butts, replace absentee director Peter Segal with a real director, and get SHAZAM on the fast track!

    I like this manefesto: