Warner Bros. may be considering a live-action adaptation of DC Comics’ Superman: Red Son, the 2003 Elseworlds story by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett that imagines an alternate reality in which the Man of Steel was raised in the Soviet Union.
News that the studio is shopping the project to potential filmmakers came in a Twitter exchange between Millar and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who said he’d unsuccessfully pitched his own take on Red Son.
The writer divulged that 2003 Elseworlds story is being shopped to directors, with Roberts adding that he had unsuccessfully pitched for the project.
Did you hear WB pitching directors Red Son? Two diff pals in last 2 months. This truly is Putin's America.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) June 27, 2017
Wait, really? Because I pitched it to them months ago and was told no. It's the most punk rock thing the DCEU could do in my mind.
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) June 27, 2017
Millar said Timur Bekmambetov, who adapted Wanted, was also offered a look at the property, but the directors he referred to were American. The writer added that he was “wary of seeing this adapted,” but that Vogt-Roberts “is a genius and would make me less nervous.” He maintained, though, that his “choice would be they don’t make it.” Millar also released a statement to Den of Geek:
Is this something they’re genuinely planning? I have no idea. I’ve got pals at Warner Bros but never discussed it with them. I think they’re just going through their back catalogue of big books and hoping to lure in good directors as opposed to any particular interest in developing Red Son. There’s always 50 conversations for every comic book movie that gets made and as far as I know this is something that is very much just at conversation stage.
Vogt-Roberts, who has long been attached to a Metal Gear Solid live-action adaptation, compared the idea to what Fox did with Logan. “When I was pitching Red Son I wasn’t even convinced you needed [Ben] Affleck & [Henry] Cavill,” he wrote. “Public understanding of the medium has evolved … I think we can sustain a ‘main shared universe’ AND offshoots with alternate takes on characters & different actors existing simultaneously.”
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