In Warner Bros. rush to develop as many DC Comics properties as possible, one of Superman's most interesting iterations may make it to the big screen. In the next couple of years, the DCEU is set to more than double in size with the release of Justice League, Aquaman, and a handful of other films still on their proposed slate from a few years back. And despite their struggles to bring The Flash and The Batman to theaters, DC and WB aren't slowing down on the number of projects they have in development.
Over the past few years, they've thrown out plans for over a dozen potential comic book movies based on DC Comics' vast stable of heroes and villains. From Nightwing to Booster Gold to Lobo, a number of new faces could be joining the DCEU soon, especially if they begin to increase their output. But it's not just characters from the main DC continuity that may make it to the screen. As a new report suggests, alternate takes on characters and altogether different realities might soon make their way to the cinemas.
Den of Geek is now reporting that Warner Bros. is actively developing a live-action Superman: Red Son movie. Following an exchange between Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Voight-Roberts and acclaimed comic writer Mark Millar (Kick Ass) about the potential for the film, Den of Geek reached out to Millar for more information on the proposed project.
"Is this something they're genuinely planning? I have no idea. I've got pals at Warner Bros but never discussed it with them. I think they're just going through their back catalogue of big books and hoping to lure in good directors as opposed to any particular interest in developing Red Son. There's always 50 conversations for every comic book movie that gets made and as far as I know this is something that is very much just at conversation stage."
Millar's comments seem to indicate more that WB is throwing things at the wall to see what sticks rather than actively attempting to make Red Son. Given the sheer number of projects they've announced over the years, this isn't exactly suprising. Red Son, however, would be an unusual choice.
Written in 2003 by Millar for DC's Elseworlds imprint, the story imagines a Kal-El who landed in the USSR rather the USA. It's a fascinating story and could certainly make for an interesting movie, but it's unclear if DC would really create a separate big screen version of Superman. That said, we've been advocating for some time now that DC and WB should start looking towards Elseworlds stories and break free from the shared universe model.
Meanwhile, Red Son isn't the only side universe DC are potentially pursuing. For years now, Justice League Dark has been on the docket, potentially as part of a separate set of stories from the DCEU. While an animated movie has already been made and Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman are both no longer attached, the film seems to still be moving forward. Perhaps the next few years will bring not only more DCEU films, but tangents into the Dark Universe and Elseworlds with Justice League Dark and Superman: Red Son.
Source: Den of Geek
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