Writer Mark Millar, whose comics “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass” and “The Secret Service” have already been adapted for the big screen, now knows who he wants to star in “Superior”: pro wrestler turned actor John Cena.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) September 24, 2016
Millar elaborated on his this morning on his message board, writing, “‘Train-Wreck’ […] was stolen by John Cena, who’s comic timing as so immense and his look so bang-on that I literally requested him for Superior before I’d even watched the end of the DVD.”
Noting he’d never seen Cena in a film before “Train Wreck, Millar added, “That other guy we had all talked about over the phone is actually getting a little old and I’m not convinced his BO is real. I think there could be some happy accidents in there. Cena is also much better at comedy than he is. He seems genuinely funny.”
Created by Millar and artist Leinil Yu, “Superior” is the story of 12-year-old Simon Pooni, an average kid with good prospects until he’s diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Soon afterward, Simon retreats into a world of fantasy, comic books and movies … and that’s when he meets an alien monkey who’s willing to give him one magic wish. In his muddled mindset, Simon wishes not only to be cured of his disease but to be granted the powers to become his favorite superhero, Superior.
Fox acquired the film rights to the comic in 2014, with Brandon Murphy and Phillip Murphy brought on board early this year to write the screenplay. Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) is set to produce,.
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