An influential series that set the tone for superhero storytelling in the 2000s, The Authority by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch frequently appears on lists of comics that fans would like to see make the leap to the big screen. However, Warner Bros.’ inability to assemble a Justice League film has made The Authority seem like little more than a pipe dream.
But is it possible that an adaptation is already in the works?
In his report from the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, held Saturday in Los Angeles, Emmy-winning cartoonist Dean Haspiel notes that he met Castle star Stana Katic, who told him “she was in the midst of creating a new comic book and was in talks to act in a movie version of Warren Ellis’ The Authority.”
It’s only a brief mention, with no further details; no director, no screenwriter, no producer. But, hey, it’s already better sourced than half the movie rumors that run rampant across the Internet.
Ellis himself comments on the report: “I don’t own The Authority, and DC are certainly not compelled to tell me about anything regarding the book. … What an odd thing.”
Debuting from WildStorm in 1999, The Authority employed decompression, “widescreen” storytelling and intense violence to tell the story of an uncompromising team of superheroes — among them, Apollo and Midnighter, gay analogues of Superman and Batman — who promised to get the job done by whatever means necessary. The popular 12-issue run by Ellis and Hitch was followed by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, whose stint was famously cut short after run-ins with DC Comics executives over content. The series has been relaunched several times since then, but none has recaptured the tone, or the audience, of those early issues.