Mark Millar has revealed that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn eyed Daredevil star Charlie Cox for his unmade Superman movie.
Long before Man of Steel kickstarted the DC Extended Universe with Henry Cavill as Superman, Matthew Vaughn and his Kick-Ass collaborator Mark Millar reportedly tried to pitch their own take on the iconic superhero to Warner Brothers. Their first Superman movie was supposed to launch a trilogy, which Vaughn has previously described as “a massive, uplifting, hopeful thing.”
There have been conflicting reports regarding how far that Superman project got before Warner Bros. decided not move forward with it, and Mark Millar recently talked about it during an interview with The Aspiring Kryptonian. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“Matthew Vaughn and I had talked about doing a Superman film years ago. It was around the time Kick-Ass was coming out, and it’s funny, I’ve seen so many people say, ‘Millar’s pitch.’ I never wrote a pitch. I had an idea of what it could be, but I never really told Matthew what it was, and Matthew never told DC what it was because he didn’t know.”
Mark Millar also revealed that Matthew Vaughn wanted Daredevil star Charlie Cox, who worked with the director on 2007 fantasty movie Stardust, to play Superman in his “three-picture idea.”
“Matthew had just worked with Charlie on Stardust a year or two before. He’s like, ‘There’s just something really likable about him.’ And he said, ‘I know he’s not big, and Superman’s always big’ — Charlie’s only about 5’8″, 5’9″ or something — He says, ‘But he looks a bit like the Golden Age Superman, when he’s a bit more like a regular person.'”
Charlie Cox never played Superman, but he did get the chance to bring another iconic comic book hero to life in Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. The series received three critically-acclaimed seasons before it was shockingly cancelled by Netflix in November 2018.
Meanwhile, Superman’s future on the big screen is currently uncertain amid reports on contentious contract negotiations between Henry Cavill and Warner Brothers. While his planned Superman cameo in Zachary Levi’s Shazam! was cut after negotiations to reprise his role fell through, Henry Cavill has recently stated that he has not given up on playing the character.
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Source: The Aspiring Kryptonian