Warner Bros. Shopping SUPERMAN Live Action Film Based on RED SON Comic Books
It all started with a tweet. And it usually does these days, doesn’t it? But this time it wasn’t the Commander-in-Chief who sent the Internet aflutter, but comic book writer Mark Millar and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts who, after an exchange about upcoming projects, fueled speculation that an adaptation of the Superman comic series known as Red Son could be in the works.
This is the infamous exchange between the two:
This thread is giving me tangential pangs of what-could-have-been for the version of Red Son I pitched that will sadly never get made. Oy.
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) June 27, 2017
And then it turned into more than speculation.
Did you hear WB pitching directors Red Son? Two diff pals in last 2 months. This truly is Putin's America.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) June 27, 2017
For those not in the know, Red Son is a sort of alternate-universe Superman story that posits what would have happened if the Man of Steel had been brought up in the Soviet Union. I have not partaken in the strip myself, but I hear it is worth the read and, to be honest, the concept indeed sounds fascinating.
In any case, Den of Geek has now confirmed through Millar that Warner Bros. is indeed shopping the project around. He said:
“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.”
Of course, Warner Bros. probably is shopping dozens if not hundreds of projects as we speak, and the DCEU could be the gift that keeps on giving. That universe alone could probably provide the studio with enough movies to fill a library for years, without ever needing to venture back into the Cold War. Or maybe someone else will also find the project worthwhile and pursue it.
At this point, it’s too soon to tell, but we thought we’d share the interesting bit of news with you.
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