Superman: Warner Bros Reportedly Courting Directors for a Red Son Movie

What if Superman was raised in Russia? That's the starting point for the acclaimed Superman: Red Son. And a movie version may be happening.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Warner Bros. is considering a Superman movie based on Elseworlds tale Red Son. We’ve confirmed with very, very, very reliable sources that this is not an animated movie, but a live action one.

Red Son, just to set the scene, was a Superman comic book penned by Mark Millar, that posited what would have happened were Superman to have been raised in the Soviet Union. It was published back in 2003, and was widely acclaimed. We’ve no intention of spoiling the full plot of the book here. We just want to reiterate it’s very, very worth seeking out.

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That said, it’s not something that Warner Bros has been interested in making a movie out of (at least, there’s been no public word as such). At least, it seems, until now.

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An intriguing Twitter exchange between Millar and Jordan Vogt-Roberts suggests that the studio is currently wooing directors for the project. Vogt-Roberts, the brilliantly-bearded Kong: Skull Island director, revealed in his Twitter feed that he’d pitched a Red Son movie to Warner Bros “months ago,” arguing that “it’s the most punk rock thing the DCEU could do in my mind.”

It all started with this Tweet…

— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) June 27, 2017

From there, these happened – and look what Vogt-Roberts then dropped into the conversation…

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) June 27, 2017

Millar, in response to that Tweet, wrote…

— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) June 27, 2017

We’ve confirmed Millar hasn’t been involved in the process. When Den of Geek asked him about the Red Son movie, we got no sense at all that it’s a project he’s in any way interested in, not least given his extensive slate of other work. His post was simply a response to Vogt-Roberts’ Tweet. The idea for a film is coming from Warner Bros itself, and Millar can’t confirm how serious the studio is about the project.

“Is this something they’re genuinely planning? I have no idea,” he told us. “I’ve got pals at Warner Bros but never discussed it with them. I think they’re just going through their back catalog 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.”

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If Red Son is indeed in the running as the next Superman movie, it does suggest that Warner Bros is genuinely starting to spread its wings with the DC Extended Universe and looking beyond fairly conventional Superman tales. It’s very, very early days, and it may all come to nothing. But an hour before I wrote this story, the idea that Warner Bros would even be considering a Red Son movie was a very long shot. Now, it seems that WB is actively chatting to directors about it.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.