Mark Millar (Wanted, upcoming Kick-Ass) was recently quoted by MTV as saying that Warner Bros./DC Entertainment couldn't afford him now for his take on Superman.
"I don't think they could afford me now," MTV quoted Millar. "I'll stick with Marvel." The site also said that Millar pitched his idea for new Superman movies.
Millar posted on his official website that he probably didn't say either, and if he said anything about the studio being able to afford him, it would have been a joke. Here's his post:
Two quick things:
1/ I don't think I said they couldn't afford me now. If I did I was joking because writing Superman would be a massive payday so if I said that I was obviously laughing at the time. It's possible though as I like being glib.
2/ Nobody has ever seen my Superman idea besides Matthew. We never pitched. I've never done a pitch in my life (it's demeaning) so all this stuff about people hating my Superman ideas, etc, is just bullsh*t. Nobody's seen it. I don't write or give ideas away for free and simply wouldn't. I mentioned a big epic idea to Empire in a Wanted interview which was a couple of lines long, but no story stuff at all. So the stuff about me pitching is nonsense. I don't and will never pitch. That's why I like working in comics.
You can read what Millar said last October about his idea here.
UPDATE: You can now watch a clip from MTV's interview with Millar here in which he does in fact say the above quotes... but he's obviously joking.
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