Comic Book writer Mark Millar confirmed in an interview with Mario-Francisco Robles for his podcast El Fanboy, that he and director Matthew Vaughn who was in talks to direct a Superman film once and is being said to still be in talks to direct the sequel to Man of Steel, kicked around ideas for a Superman trilogy back in 2008.
Millar goes on to say the original idea was to do a hopeful Superman, as they’re both big fans of the Richard Donner Superman movie from 1978.
“He and I are massive Superman fans. I mean, we worship Richard Donner. We love the Christopher Reeve movies. He actually phoned me up a few months ago, and he said, “Hey, listen, DC, they’re very interested in me doing Man of Steel 2. Do you want to come in and do this?’ And I was like, ‘I’m exclusive to Netflix for years. We can’t even have that conversation.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, man. What’s the chances of this?’ And then he kind of drifted away. And he’s attached himself to a couple of things and all that. Y’know so, it’s one of those things that might, I mean- if somebody phones Matthew up and offers him enough money it could all change tomorrow, it was actually a massive, uplifting, hopeful thing. There’s no point doing Superman unless you feel good. You should walk out of ‘Superman’ just feeling like a million dollars. You should feel great after a Superman film. The movie itself was going to be a big, vast fun epic. But ‘Superman’s got to be a laugh, as well.”