With the word that the writing team of Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris have pulled out of writing the sequel to Superman Returns, comic author Mark Millar (Civil War, The Ultimates) announced on Millarworld.tv (his personal web site) that he has thrown his name into the ring to pen Superman: The Man of Steel.

From a post to his forum:

It's 8.58am right now, my guys at CAA get into the office in about seven hours and my call will be waiting for them to talk about this. I want to revamp Superman like Hillary wants thin ankles. Revamping this franchise is what I as given fingers for and so, invited or not, I'm putting my plan together now. I've been asked to work on half a dozen screenplays lately, but this is the only one I have ever truly wanted.

As most here know, I have literally hundreds of pages of notes and sketches just waiting for this opportunity. This would be my dream gig and, as a fan, I know exactly what this project needs to work. This has to be Superman for the 21st Century, keeping everything we adore, but starting from scratch and making the kids love it as much as the 30-somethings. I would honestly write this thing for free.

Anyway, my treatment is being polished as we type. Wish me luck. I want to do that Superman movie we all want to see.

Millar has had the opportunity to write Superman in the past - he wrote the highly-acclaimed Superman: Red Son Elseworlds graphic novel for DC Comics.