Red Alert: Possible Red Son Superman Film
Article by Aaron Haughton
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts fell on everyone's radar with his colossal spring blockbuster Kong: Skull Island. But his name has entered the news again recently circulating around Mark Millar's "Elseworld" Superman story, Red Son, which showcases an alternate reality glimpse into what could have been if only Superman had landed to Earth 12 hours later, winding up in the Ukraine, as opposed to Kansas, resulting in a sickle and hammer communist Kal-El, the likes of which we've never seen.
The comic started as a three run mini-series back in 2003, but has since been conveniently packaged into a lone trade paperback. It's well worth a read and is easily one of my favorite Superman comics (aside from Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman). According to Millar, the book has consistently outsold any other Superman graphic novel because the story is completed in one book. Aside from that aspect, it boasts a hilariously badass rendition of Batman (Batmankoff, "Anarchy in black"), and a twist to the concept of the traditional villain in the mythology.
Recently, the comic has been the subject of a possible live-action film, and, like most things these days, started with a tweet. The conversation was between Mark Millar and Vogt-Roberts, wherein Vogt-Roberts admits to having pitched a version of the story to Warner prior to Skull Island. Unfortunately, it looks like he was shot down; however, word on the street (according to Millar), is that Warner is seeking directors to make the film.
After seeing Jordan Vogt-Roberts Skull Island, I think he has the eye and color palette to take on the Red Son story, but, honestly, I've been wanting to see it on the big screen since I read it all those years ago and will therefore be happy and contented just having it out there, no matter the director. Of course, I want it to be good though.
Is it really the time for DC to do a darker than usual story like Red Son though? Especially since that just got the crowd on their side with this month's Wonder Woman. Millar himself even reported some skepticism:
"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."
What do you think? Is this something you'd like to see made? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!