Iconic comic writer and creator Mark Millar has been on a roll lately. Ever since Wanted shot its way to the top of the box office in 2008, Millar's original works and the changes he implemented in mainstream Marvel canon have been given the cinematic treatment. The Civil War writer has been taking advantage of this by pushing many of his other original works for a film adaptation. So far, he's got the attention of studios.
One of Millar's passion projects is a film adaptation of his original superhero graphic novel Superior. If Millar gets his way, Superior won't just hit cinemas in the near future; it will also star WWE superstar John Cena.
Millar's Kind Of Hero
Earlier this month, Millar took some time off from his busy schedule to watch the 2015 comedy Trainwreck. In Amy Schumer's latest comedic romp, he found his ideal choice for the title character of a potential Superior film adaptation.
Apart from being one of the WWE's most famous wrestlers and the current face of the wrestling brand, John Cena is also one of the most bankable names today. Cena has been trying to follow in the footsteps of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, moving between wrestling and Hollywood by appearing in a number of recent films.
Though Cena's Hollywood career got off to a rocky start — including a string of forgettable action movies like The Marine and 12 Rounds — he's been slowly making his cinematic presence felt in comedy movies. In a surprise move for a man whose first movies involved shooting countless people in the face, Cena has been showing off his onscreen talent in small but memorable roles in Trainwreck and Daddy’s Home.
Should he accept Millar's excited request, Superior will be Cena's return to action oriented movies, and his first superhero movie.
Superior is expected to follow its miniseries' plot, in which a disabled boy gets the chance of a lifetime when he's given the ability to become his favorite comic superhero Superior, complete with superpowers and super-powered enemies.
A 'Superior' Kind Of Movie
The film adaptation of Superior has been stuck on the drawing board for a quite a while. After Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn bought the rights to Superior in 2011, the project laid dormant while Vaughn prioritized other projects.
Three years later, Fox acquired the rights with Vaughn still attached as producer, giving Superior new life but leading to little progress. It was only in January of this year that Fox and Vaughn decided to take the project seriously by assembling a writing crew for Superior in the hopes of getting a script ready for testing. Now with Millar revealing his casting preferences, it's possible that Superior is finally getting the traction it deserves.
Superior may look another comic book movie, but its story is timely, especially with audiences' current fascination for all things superhero. If done well, Superior can serve as both a critical commentary and a heartfelt tribute to the superhero genre given the source material's unforgiving yet constructive take on heroism. Lead character Simon Pooni uses his chance to become Superior to do good and learn about self-acceptance, even if his powers came from a demon disguised as a monkey in a spacesuit.
Not only could Superior give the superhero genre a fresh new story but it could serve as John Cena's big break.
No formal negotiations between Superior's producers and Cena have occurred, but here's hoping something productive comes out of Millar's ideal casting choice. Superior is the story of a kid who feels hopeless until a superhero makes his dreams come true - something Cena is all too familiar with as proven by his record of fulfilling the most number of Make-A-Wish requests.
He may currently be known for comedic bit roles and silly internet memes but Superior could be Cena's chance to do something different and break into the mainstream movie scene. He may not have the same number of blockbusters someone like Robert Downey Jr. has, but that does not mean he should not be given the chance to bring his skills as a WWE entertainer to the big screen.
Cena's famous child-friendly reputation outside of the ring has made him a hero in the eyes of many kids around the world, and a superhero role like Superior could be a chance for him to further his reach. By giving him a cape and some cinematic superpowers in something like Superior, Cena may get a big boost in his personal quest to fulfill as many kids' dreams as possible.
[Source: Mark Millar, Twitter]