Have to say this is one of the more unusual comics-to-film press releases I’ve come across....
Mark Millar has let CBM know that Matthew Vaughn’s just purchased the movie rights to SUPERIOR (read G-Man's review of its fifth issue from today) and that, in itself, isn’t all that unexpected. The two already collaborated to gainful benefit on KICK-ASS and following X-MEN: FIRST CLASS with another superhero flick would certainly cement Vaughn's cinematic specialties. What is unusual is this deal’s coinciding with an indeterminate “alliance” between SUPERIOR and the National MS Society to help raise public awareness regarding multiple-sclerosis.
See, the titular superhero of SUPERIOR suffers from multiple-sclerosis. Or, rather, his alter ego does. The premise of the book sees a wheelchair-bound kid setting out to right all of Earth’s real world wrongs like war and famine after his wish to become his favorite superhero’s granted. We’ll see what else this alliance might yield but, at present, the aim seems simply to provide afflicted children with an empowered role model who’s able to surmount the disease to affect major, positive change in the world.
Last I heard, Millar’s other title, NEMESIS, is still in development with Tony Scott. Going off of how KICK-ASS was produced through independent financing and how the key personnel are back together, I feel like SUPERIOR might actually come out first.