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Mark Millar: 'DC comics not suited to live-action'

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Mark Millar

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Mark Millar has suggested that DC Comics titles are generally unsuitable for live-action cinema or television adaptations.

Posting on his blog in the wake of Green Lantern's disappointing performance at the box office, the comic writer described "non-Batman" DC heroes as "too outrageous" for the format.

"Batman works because he's more human for the big screen and more empathetic, but I fear The Flash and others would just meet the same fate as Green Lantern," he wrote.

"They're just too outrageous to provide tension in a live-action format and I'd love to see them done, Pixar style, as brilliant, theatrical animated movies. Aquaman talking underwater would have us wincing in live action. In a cartoon we wouldn't even blink. Some stuff just doesn't suit the format."

However, Millar also pointed out that the superhero movie genre continues to perform well overall, despite the relative commercial failure of Green Lantern.

"Any Chicken Littles screeching about Green Lantern being a flop and ruining everything must look at the big picture and remember it's far rosier than any other genre," he said.

"Our track record in comic book movies has been incredible since Goyer and Norrington changed the game with Blade, Singer carried it through with X-Men and Sam Raimi slam-dunked with Spidey.

"In the decade that followed we've had monster hits from almost unknown characters."

Green Lantern earned $18.4 million (£11.4m) in its second week at the US box office, a 65.5% decline from its opening week.

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