Charlie Cox might be well-known for his role as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil in the Netflix Marvel series, but he was considered for a DC character way back when.
Mark Millar has revealed that Matthew Vaughn had want Cox at some point to play Superman in a failed Superman trilogy that was being tossed around in 2010. Vaughn and Cox has previously worked together in 2007 in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.
“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.”
Vaughn and Millar had really wanted to reboot Superman for a “three-picture idea”, but apparently the studio didn’t want Millar involved, considering he had worked for Marvel Comics on Civil War and The Ultimates:
“They said, ‘No way, he’s Marvel exclusive. It would be so disrespectful to all the DC guys if we went with a Marvel exclusive guy.’ And I get it.”
Vaughn then spoke about who he had wanted for Superman:
“But he and I had a lot of chats about who could play Superman. We never really talked about story,” Millar said of Vaughn. “I’ve always had this story in my head, which was a big three-picture idea, but we did talk about specifics, like actors. And weirdly, his idea was really interesting, which was Charlie Cox, the guy who played Daredevil.”
“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.'”
“That’s interesting, Matthew’s an interesting guy. I think if he had done it, it would have been interesting and probably unlike anything else.”
Would you have liked to see Cox as Superman?
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