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MILLARWORLD EXCLUSIVE: “Supercrooks” Preview

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MILLARWORLD EXCLUSIVE: “Supercrooks” Preview

Just as with his other creator-owned hits, Millar is bringing plenty of his personal interests and flourishes to bear in building the cast up in the comics pages. “The characters they bring in are all very distinctive,” he said. “We’ve got two underground cage fighters, because I love the idea of fight clubs for supervillains. You’ve got this idea of wrestlers with super powers fighting illegally and using their powers against each other. These two brothers are in there. Then, you’ve got the main character’s girlfriend, who is pissed off because she doesn’t want him to be a villain anymore. She’s an ex-supervillain who’s trying to go straight, and he hauls her back in for one last job. Then there’s his best friend who became a real estate guy because he was fed up with the superheroes taking him to prison so often. It’s a bunch of guys who were trying to go straight getting back together for the biggest job of their careers. I love that idea, which we’ve seen in crime heist movies before, but never seen it done with superheroes.”

Like so many of his projects before, “Supercrooks” is already making its way towards the silver screen — this time through creative work rather than through a Hollywood option. “It’s been very exciting. What happened was quite coincidental,” the writer explained. “Nacho [Vigalondo] is a good friend of mine, and he’s an Oscar-nominated Spanish director. We always talked about doing something together, but we never found a project. A while ago, we talked about doing ‘American Jesus’ together, but it never quite happened. And we talked about doing something completely original. Superheroes in Spain is a perfect fit for a Spanish director who loves Marvel comics, so I sent him the plots and he and I collaborated, working up a really good screenplay, and now we’re going to make it into a movie.

“He’s doing this thing called ‘Windows’ first, but this is absolutely next on the agenda. I think he finishes ‘Windows’ in Summer, and then, hopefully, we can get into pre-production on this. He’s amazing and brought so much to the story. I absolutely love it and we’re totally doing more stuff together. The whole Millarworld gang is a really nice one. We’re all primarily friends and talk or email every day, so getting a chance to all work together has been amazing. I really feel we’re onto something here. Nobody’s tried anything on this scale for a generation. In terms of big name artists alone, we’ve got the cream of the industry, here. I feel insanely lucky. We’ve got a great line-up of producers and directors turning them into movies, which in turn feeds into the books and keeps the whole thing very healthy. We couldn’t be more excited going into 2012. This is by far the biggest thing I’ve ever been involved in.'”

Stay tuned all week on CBR for advanced looks inside Millar’s continuing “Kick-Ass” saga, “Nemesis 2,” “The Secret Service” and his still unseen project with Frank Quitely as MILLARWORLD WEEK continues!

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