Mark Millar On Revisiting His ‘Superman’ Screenplay For DC: ‘I Don’t Think They Could Afford Me Now’

[UPDATE: Video from this interview and a response to concerns raised by Mark Millar about the quotes have now been posted. -RM]

Now that Warner Bros. has a mandate to produce a new Superman film by 2011, speculation goes in several directions anticipating what form Kal-El will take. “Kick-Ass” and “Wanted” creator Mark Millar notably pitched an epic take on the Last Son of Krypton, which subsequently received little interest from WB.

However, even though he still harbors a deep love for the Man of Steel, Millar now says he expects his trilogy-long Superman tale to remain in stasis despite WB’s renewed mission.

“I don’t think they could afford me now,” Millar told MTV News. “I’ll stick with Marvel.”

Seeing his personal Top Cow and Marvel stories come to life in Hollywood, Millar admittedly prefers to keep his hands busy with creator-owned work. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be taking calls about any upcoming opportunities.

“I’ve got Superman’s cape hanging up in my hall—I bought Christopher Reeves’ cape 5 years ago – that’s how much it means to me,” he explained. “I would love a chance to do it, but there’s something just magical about doing your own stuff.”

Even if WB and DC Entertainment don’t decide to revisit Millar’s original pitch, he likes the idea of assigning the storytelling duties to comic book writers, such as Geoff Johns, who recently landed on “Shazam!

“I’ve seen Superman’s head on the screen before,” the writer said, “but what’s in [Geoff] Johns’ head and mine, I’ve never seen on the screen before.”

Would you like to see DC Entertainment woo Mark Millar back to their Superman film franchise? What other comic book writers out there would you like to see write the Man Steel in a new movie? Share your suggestions in the comment section below.