The partnership between comic book scribe Mark Millar and director Matthew Vaughn continues to bear fruit; according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the rights to Millar and artist Leinil Francis Yu’s limited series Superior, for an adaptation to be produced by Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn, of course directed the 2010 adaptation of Millar’s Kick-Ass and another upcoming Millar adaptation, The Secret Service, which is set to come out in 2015. Vaughn is also developing an adaptation of Millar’s American Jesus limited series, although good luck getting a studio like Fox to finance that puppy.
The original Superior comic series, which ran from 2010-2012, revolved around on an athletic 12-year-old boy whose life is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As it so happens, an alien grants him one wish and he chooses to become his favorite superhero, the Superman-esque Superior. Although there is a twist to this whole scenario that I’m not going to give away here, the very basic premise is so much like Shazam! from DC Comics that if this one ever gets made (and it probably will, judging from Millar and Vaughn’s track record together), it’ll probably ensure that a Shazam/Captain Marvel movie from Warner Brothers never does get off the ground, much how Marvel Studios’ upcoming Ant-Man almost ensures we’ll never see a movie about DC’s own shrinking hero the Atom. Marvel simply beat them to it. And now Millar and Vaughn are gonna beat DC to the whole “little boy becomes grown up superhero” thing. No release date has been set for this one, but expect some news around San Diego Comic Con time.