SUPERIOR only just hit shelves yesterday and Mark Millar says he's already getting calls from directors and producers interested in turning it into a movie (as reported by Bleeding Cool.) As it happens, both parties have independently suggested MAD MEN star, Jon Hamm, playing the belt-sporting hero from the comic. Granted, even Millar admits that this is still just talk but, considering how persistently Hamm’s name has come up as a possible contender to play Superman in the new reboort, I think it’s inevitable that he’ll play some kind of cape eventually. Indeed, Millar’s projects already have a track record for putting would-be Superman into costume. Nick Cage was Big Daddy in KICK-ASS, of course - - and some of you will probably remember that he was attached to play the man of steel for a long time while Tim Burton was trying to make a SUPERMAN movie.
Actually, it’s Millar’s track record that we should get back to. While he’s certainly got a flair for exaggeration (to put it diplomatically) with these kind of statements, the fact of the matter is that he’s been making a lot of big things happen for several straight years, now. While I’m not always a fan of the guy’s work, I’ll give him serious respect for getting things done. I remember when he launched his Millarworld brand a few years back and few were taking his talks of "total media takeover" seriously. Flashforward to today and look at what he’s doing. He’s got two big movies under his belt, at least two on the way and basically his own comics imprint. You can't argue with results, can you?
I didn’t get the chance to pick up SUPERIOR this week. Did any of you Comic Vine maniacs give a look? Does the character scream “Jon Hamm!” to you?