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Not long ago, Mark Millar—creator of the Kick-Ass comics—gave an update on the chances of Kick-Ass 2 making it to the screen: don’t hold your breath, but don’t give up hope, essentially. One of the reasons he gave was that original director Matthew Vaughn’s career has skyrocketed ever since his successful turn directing this summer’s X-Men: First Class and as a result, he’ll be very busy with future projects in the coming years. Now, it sounds like one of these projects may be adapting another Millar comic called Superior for the big screen.
The press release came out of New York and states: “The hugely popular comic Superior, which is part of the Millarworld line, follows the tale of a young boy living with multiple sclerosis who’s granted a magic wish. He asks to be transformed into his favourite big screen action hero and uses his new super-powers to right the real world’s wrongs. Whereas most superheroes fight criminals and stop bank robberies, this little boy uses his abilities to end the war in the Middle-East, feed the starving, rescue people from natural disasters and anything else the public wants. But have these incredible powers and worldwide adulation come at a price? This dark, magical tale has been described by critics as Big meets Superman, a unique take on the superhero mythos with a magical element that appeals to Harry Potter fans as much as the traditional superhero audience. The movie rights to this book were snapped up by Kick-Ass and X-Men director Matthew Vaughn with a view to turning this into a Hollywood blockbuster.”
The release goes on to quote Vaughn: “I have always enjoyed working with Mark and his latest exciting project, Superior, is something that we are very much looking forward to making”. With the film rights in Vaughn’s hands now and Millar’s enthusiastic cooperation, things are looking good for the “Kick-Ass” team to come together once more. The big question to fans may not be in the adaptation of Superior, but whether or not it can serve as a big enough hit to encourage studio heads to back a sequel for Kick-Ass. As Millar had mentioned prior, there’s a window of opportunity, but it's closing.