Superman Movie News

September 21, 2009: Mark Millar Denies MTV Comments

Writer Mark Millar has posted a message over at his website forums rebuking the MTV article that made certain claims about his involvement with the next Superman movie...

    Two quick things:

    1/ I don't think I said they couldn't afford me now. If I did I was joking because writing Superman would be a massive payday so if I said that I was obviously laughing at the time. It's possible though as I like being glib.

    2/ Nobody has ever seen my Superman idea besides [director] Matthew [Vaughn]. We never pitched. I've never done a pitch in my life (it's demeaning) so all this stuff about people hating my Superman ideas, etc, is just bull****. Nobody's seen it. I don't write or give ideas away for free and simply wouldn't. I mentioned a big epic idea to Empire in a Wanted interview which was a couple of lines long, but no story stuff at all. So the stuff about me pitching is nonsense. I don't and will never pitch. That's why I like working in comics.

I'm a fan of Millar's Superman work, he's been a friend to me and this site for a long time, however is it any wonder everyone thinks he pitched his Superman ideas to Warner Bros. when in 2007 he wrote this on his website...

    We were talking on the phone to some very nice exec at Warner Bros who said that several producers and director friends had already been in touch to push me for the gig because they knew how passionate I was about this project. And for about fifteen minutes things were looking very sweet. I had a massive three-picture epic in mind, cribbed from notes I've been putting together for the last five years for a Superman comic-book revamp and the people I spoke to absolutely loved it. Everyone said this was very, very exciting...

The original page where he wrote this is no longer available on MillarWorld.tv but it was quoted (and archived) on many news sites such as LatinoReview.com, SuperheroHype.com and Newsarama.com.

As were Millar's consecutive posts (also no longer available on his website) with statements such as: "In the interests of clarity (because I'm sure this will be picked up somewhere) a very well known American action director heard about my love of Superman, approached me and asked me to team up with he and his producer to make a pitch for this", and: "Again, I can only stress that isn't news, lads. It isn't an offer from WB or anyone. It's just a big name action director who got in touch and asked me to join he and a producer we both know well to pitch for it."

Sorry Mark, but everyone got the idea you pitched a Superman idea to the WB because you repeatedly used the word "pitch" in your own messages on your own website.



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