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Mark Millar confirms sentinels for X-Men, talks spinoffs, another Kick-Ass, and his thoughts on Dredd and The Dark Knight Rises

Feb. 1, 2013by: Paul Shirey

SFX caught up with comic-book writer and Fox Marvel head, Mark Millar, to discuss the upcoming X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and gleaned a few juicy bits from the creator on possible spinoffs, a third KICK-ASS film, and his thoughts on DREDD 3D and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.  Millar is a busy, busy man, both in his comics work and his new gig spearheading Fox's Marvel properties and it doesn't seem like he'll be letting up anytime soon. On top of the aforementioned work, he's also working with Matthew Vaughn on an adaptation of his Secret Service comic, as well as adaptations of his other books, including Nemesis, Super Crooks, and Superior. 

On how big a role the Sentinals will play in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST:

"I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We’ve all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they’re having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I’m delighted [laughs].”

On the "overcrowding" of the X-MEN films:

"I think the best comparison I can give is to Star Trek – that is an ensemble but it never feels as if there is not enough time with any one character. Or maybe Lost – that is an ensemble but every character gets their own moment to shine. So as long as everyone is there for a reason there doesn’t need to be a problem with so many characters. This is a beautifully structured film, and it is a time travel story so the structure has to be especially strong.”

On if there's potential for more X-Men spinoffs:

“I hope so. I think that the X-Men universe is as interesting as, if not more interesting than, the Marvel universe. There are a lot of things you can exploit in there. Comics are actually really good at sussing out what works and what doesn’t. It all comes down to what sustains a title and what doesn’t – and that is why you have so many of the X-Men characters with their own line of comics. I think a lot of these characters deserve their own movies – there are a good half dozen that I would like to see do their own thing.”

On the likelihood of a KICK-ASS 3:

“Yeah absolutely. Kick-Ass 3 is going to be the last one though. I told Universal this and they asked me, ‘What does that mean?’ I said, ‘It means that this is where it all ends.’ They said, ‘Do they all die at the end?’ I said, ‘Maybe’ – because this is a realistic superhero story. And if someone doesn’t have a bullet proof vest like Superman and doesn’t have Batman’s millions then eventually he is going turn around the wrong corner and get his head kicked in or get shot in the face [laughs]. So Kick-Ass needs to reflect that. There has to be something dramatic at the end, he cannot do this for the rest of his life.”

On DREDD 3D:

"Alex Garland is a gigantic Dredd fan and I know there was originally a plan to make three Dredd films. The plan was to do a second one and then a really ambitious third movie. And the film itself… Yeah, I really enjoyed it. I saw it when it came out in the UK and by that time I knew it had not been a success in the US and I remember thinking it would probably find its audience on DVD, which it has. It was not hugely expensive either; I think it only cost $30 million so if it makes $60 million on DVD that’s pretty good. I hope we see a sequel. I know that the guys who made that film were really passionate about it. I loved Olivia Thirlby and Karl Urban, who did a great job of channelling Eastwood. The only thing that let it down was the direction – it was a wee bit TV movie – and Lena Headey wasn’t a great baddie either. But it was still great and I felt it deserved to be a bigger hit than it was.”

On THE DARK KNIGHT RISES:

"It was very, very timely: it was a tale of two cities and I thought it was on the side of the poor guys. When they were raiding the mansions and throwing people out on the street – and even at the end Bruce Wayne gave away his fortune. I thought Bane was the most compelling out of all the villains – right from the start I thought, ‘this guy is great.’ I thought the only thing that let it down a bit was the action: Nolan should go to movie jail for the Bane vs Catwoman thing at the end. But the rest of the movie was so brilliant that you could easily forgive him. I liked it better than The Avengers.”

There's a good bit more over at SFX, so give it a look.  In the meantime, cameras are warming up for Bryan Singer's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, which is scheduled for release on July 18, 2014, while KICK-ASS 2 gets down and dirty on June 28, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: So, who's excited for some sentinel action?
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12:39PM on 02/01/2013
I agree with his thoughts on Bane vs. Catwoman. I am still annoyed how it went down as it never should had.
I agree with his thoughts on Bane vs. Catwoman. I am still annoyed how it went down as it never should had.
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3:17PM on 02/01/2013
It is sudden, but it never bothered me. Batman would never kill Bane, even if he was able. And because Bane is pretty much unstoppable, even against Batman, there's really no way Batman could win without breaking his own moral code. Besides which, Bane served his purpose, we got two epic fights with Bane, and so the time had come for him to be taken out of the film. I had no problem with the way it was handled for the fact that his story and road had ended and I was already satisfied with the
It is sudden, but it never bothered me. Batman would never kill Bane, even if he was able. And because Bane is pretty much unstoppable, even against Batman, there's really no way Batman could win without breaking his own moral code. Besides which, Bane served his purpose, we got two epic fights with Bane, and so the time had come for him to be taken out of the film. I had no problem with the way it was handled for the fact that his story and road had ended and I was already satisfied with the previous confrontations Batman had had with Bane.
1:36PM on 02/01/2013
I also agree and I say it every time the scene plays. However, it's still a highly great movie imho and won't deter me from watching it often.
I also agree and I say it every time the scene plays. However, it's still a highly great movie imho and won't deter me from watching it often.
1:13PM on 02/01/2013
I understand the gripe about the Catwoman vs. Bane but it works if you take into account two things.

Bane is unstoppable when his drive is to make Batman suffer. He shows no weaknesses. He's calm and collective on how he executes his plan. But when Batman shows up suddenly at the end, is able to disable Bane...well, Bane's foundation of control is compromised and when Batman's suffering is no longer the drive and he even impatiently decides to ignore Talia and kill him, he has lost all of
I understand the gripe about the Catwoman vs. Bane but it works if you take into account two things.

Bane is unstoppable when his drive is to make Batman suffer. He shows no weaknesses. He's calm and collective on how he executes his plan. But when Batman shows up suddenly at the end, is able to disable Bane...well, Bane's foundation of control is compromised and when Batman's suffering is no longer the drive and he even impatiently decides to ignore Talia and kill him, he has lost all of that control and composure, so its very fitting that he dies rather suddenly and unfairly. And as far as Catwoman being the one...she was terrified of him, and due to the timing, it was pretty fitting that she was able to show up for this one moment of weakness and exploit it to its fullest and in a way that Batman never would have done himself. Yes, it sucks he went down the way that he did...but it also was a certain bit of poetic justice as well.
1:35PM on 02/01/2013
Was the movie jail reference, in reference to JoBlo's weekly movie jail column? That would be incredibly cool if he was a normal reader among us common folk'
Was the movie jail reference, in reference to JoBlo's weekly movie jail column? That would be incredibly cool if he was a normal reader among us common folk'
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2:01PM on 02/01/2013
I don't think I've ever seen a movie as overrated as TDKR. I used to think it was Avatar, but now TDKR takes the cake and then some.
I don't think I've ever seen a movie as overrated as TDKR. I used to think it was Avatar, but now TDKR takes the cake and then some.
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3:01AM on 02/02/2013
Amen to that! TDK was good, TDKR return is ok and I can understand that there are people out there who bust a nut at anything Nolan does, but it's true that TDKR is way overrated.
Amen to that! TDK was good, TDKR return is ok and I can understand that there are people out there who bust a nut at anything Nolan does, but it's true that TDKR is way overrated.
2:09PM on 02/01/2013

Welp, there ya go...

Someone nominated Nolan for Movie Jail! Make it happen, JoBlo!
Someone nominated Nolan for Movie Jail! Make it happen, JoBlo!
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2:33PM on 02/01/2013
Yes, I do agree TDKR is overratted, and I didn't see it in theatres because of the hype. However, I saw it for the first time on DVD early this morning and was impressed with the emotion of the story....and the way the trilogy was closed. (I was also noticing how Nolan focused on Batman as a symbol for a crime-ridden city, rather than focusing on the "master detective" of the Batman). Moreover, I liked TDKR better than TDR...and I definitely thought it had more emotion and story than The
Yes, I do agree TDKR is overratted, and I didn't see it in theatres because of the hype. However, I saw it for the first time on DVD early this morning and was impressed with the emotion of the story....and the way the trilogy was closed. (I was also noticing how Nolan focused on Batman as a symbol for a crime-ridden city, rather than focusing on the "master detective" of the Batman). Moreover, I liked TDKR better than TDR...and I definitely thought it had more emotion and story than The Avengers.

With that said, I'm still open to seeing Nolan in the nominations for the movie jail just to read the comments...lol

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5:36PM on 02/01/2013
Actually, one line should have said "I liked TDKR better than TDK."

On the other hand, I am looking forward to Kick-Ass 3....and seeing how THAT trilogy is given closure.
Actually, one line should have said "I liked TDKR better than TDK."

On the other hand, I am looking forward to Kick-Ass 3....and seeing how THAT trilogy is given closure.
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2:48PM on 02/01/2013
Nolan in movie jail?! Fuck you Mark Millar. You only wish you could write as good as Nolan. Nolan changed cinema forever, and Millar's backhanded comments like that are blasphemous to Nolan's name and legacy. If only Joker could find this asshat and make a pencil disappear in his head.
Nolan in movie jail?! Fuck you Mark Millar. You only wish you could write as good as Nolan. Nolan changed cinema forever, and Millar's backhanded comments like that are blasphemous to Nolan's name and legacy. If only Joker could find this asshat and make a pencil disappear in his head.
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3:20AM on 02/02/2013
Whew the fanboyism is strong with this one!
Whew the fanboyism is strong with this one!
2:58AM on 02/02/2013
And in what way has Mr. Nolan changed cinema forever?? I understand that you are only trying to make people react, probably starving for attention...but in case you are serious, please, amuse us all, what did Mr. Nolan change?
And in what way has Mr. Nolan changed cinema forever?? I understand that you are only trying to make people react, probably starving for attention...but in case you are serious, please, amuse us all, what did Mr. Nolan change?
3:09PM on 02/01/2013
Calm down, X-Frog! Christopher Nolan is great, but I think Millar was right that Bane's fate wasn't that well constructed.
Calm down, X-Frog! Christopher Nolan is great, but I think Millar was right that Bane's fate wasn't that well constructed.
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3:21PM on 02/01/2013
The new Xmen has me very worried. Not only did Bryan Singer (uggggh...) replace Matthew Vaughn, but they've jam packed this film with so many damn characters and actors from the entire franchise, that I am having a hard time seeing this film working as well as First Class did. One of the great things about first class was how small the group was. It was a relatively small cast compared to the previous films in the franchise and that worked greatly in it's favor. This, to me, seems to have too
The new Xmen has me very worried. Not only did Bryan Singer (uggggh...) replace Matthew Vaughn, but they've jam packed this film with so many damn characters and actors from the entire franchise, that I am having a hard time seeing this film working as well as First Class did. One of the great things about first class was how small the group was. It was a relatively small cast compared to the previous films in the franchise and that worked greatly in it's favor. This, to me, seems to have too much stuffed into it.
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4:58PM on 02/01/2013
He has some agreeable things. I wouldn't mind reading more on what he thinks on all comic book movies. I agree and disagree on what he said about Dark Knight Rises, but that's just opinion and I respect it. And yes, Bane was the most compelling. I think.
He has some agreeable things. I wouldn't mind reading more on what he thinks on all comic book movies. I agree and disagree on what he said about Dark Knight Rises, but that's just opinion and I respect it. And yes, Bane was the most compelling. I think.
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12:46PM on 02/03/2013
Not sure how that happened. My comment above was originally going to go as a reply, but ended being it's own thing. Maybe it glitched or something.
Not sure how that happened. My comment above was originally going to go as a reply, but ended being it's own thing. Maybe it glitched or something.
6:34PM on 02/02/2013
Ellessar83 just read my mind.
Ellessar83 just read my mind.
2:33AM on 02/02/2013
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5:12PM on 02/01/2013
I love the idea of having sentinels, I just wish they would've done more with Cyclops, would have been nice to show how bad ass he can be.
I love the idea of having sentinels, I just wish they would've done more with Cyclops, would have been nice to show how bad ass he can be.
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9:29PM on 02/01/2013

Pleaseeeeee......

Give Colossus some screen time! Like the Hulk, he is the physical backbone of that team! And with giant robots stomping around, who better to square up with one!? He was one of the few X Men apprehended, not killed in the story. Give him some love!!
Give Colossus some screen time! Like the Hulk, he is the physical backbone of that team! And with giant robots stomping around, who better to square up with one!? He was one of the few X Men apprehended, not killed in the story. Give him some love!!
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6:33PM on 02/02/2013
Nice one Taxidriverfan! Hadn't even thought about that. But hell yeah!! X2 is my favourite in the series and still each time I see it and get to the moment where Piotr says to Logan "I can help" and Logan replies with "help them" my own reply is always "DAMN!!" Here's hoping they'll correct that mistake this time!
Nice one Taxidriverfan! Hadn't even thought about that. But hell yeah!! X2 is my favourite in the series and still each time I see it and get to the moment where Piotr says to Logan "I can help" and Logan replies with "help them" my own reply is always "DAMN!!" Here's hoping they'll correct that mistake this time!
9:47PM on 02/01/2013
Millar states, "Lena Headey wasnt a great baddie" in Dredd. I disagree. Mama was an ominous character and worthy foe thanks to the writing and Headey's performance. So, I am not with Millar on that statement.

I like that he brings Sentinels into Days of Future Past though. The Fox film-makers have been always discussing bringing the Sentinels into the storyline. And, the Sentinels are major X-villains. The franchise is not complete without their presence. Also, I like that Millar thinks
Millar states, "Lena Headey wasnt a great baddie" in Dredd. I disagree. Mama was an ominous character and worthy foe thanks to the writing and Headey's performance. So, I am not with Millar on that statement.

I like that he brings Sentinels into Days of Future Past though. The Fox film-makers have been always discussing bringing the Sentinels into the storyline. And, the Sentinels are major X-villains. The franchise is not complete without their presence. Also, I like that Millar thinks that ensembles can work. They can. As he states, just look at Star Trek. Just look at Star Wars or LOTR too.
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3:10AM on 02/02/2013

The Dark Knight Rises didn't take story cues from A Tale of Two Cities, it just used the idea of the French Revolution happening in present day, but even then, it was the work of Bane, not a movement that sprang up as a result of the downtrodden poor havi

And Bane could have been the most compelling villain in Nolan's Batverse, but he never gets there because of the way he is handled. He was supposed to be a psychotic version of Ra's Al Ghul that had the brute strength to overcome Batman's skill. And while Bane is definitely brutish, Cockney accent aside, he doesn't leave enough of an indelible mark to truly be haunting. The Joker will be Nolan's most compelling villain for Batman because he IS like a dog chasing cars, and he may say he wouldn't
And Bane could have been the most compelling villain in Nolan's Batverse, but he never gets there because of the way he is handled. He was supposed to be a psychotic version of Ra's Al Ghul that had the brute strength to overcome Batman's skill. And while Bane is definitely brutish, Cockney accent aside, he doesn't leave enough of an indelible mark to truly be haunting. The Joker will be Nolan's most compelling villain for Batman because he IS like a dog chasing cars, and he may say he wouldn't know what he'd do if he ever caught one, but you know it's something you're going to want to see. All in all, TDKR is a clusterf*ck of a film that feels more like Nolan was trying to make sure he left the franchise with no possibility of him ever coming back to it instead of telling a good story.
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3:11AM on 02/02/2013
And for the record, I like everything else about the interview.
And for the record, I like everything else about the interview.
6:31AM on 02/02/2013

I'm a huge Dark Knight fan...

...but I do agree that The Dark Knight Rises was a little overrated. People may cry when others say that, but I think it's because they are in denial and are too attached to the franchise to go against it in the end. I thought The Dark Knight was a much better film, with a much better villain in Heath Ledger's translation as the Joker. I also really do believe that if Ledger didn't pass away, they would have made an epic third movie with him coming back...we can't all get what we want though.
...but I do agree that The Dark Knight Rises was a little overrated. People may cry when others say that, but I think it's because they are in denial and are too attached to the franchise to go against it in the end. I thought The Dark Knight was a much better film, with a much better villain in Heath Ledger's translation as the Joker. I also really do believe that if Ledger didn't pass away, they would have made an epic third movie with him coming back...we can't all get what we want though. Catwoman killing Bane was lame...that was definitely the biggest mistake Nolan made, maybe he couldn't think of any other way for Batman to kill him himself and got a little lazy...but it's whatever.
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2:32PM on 02/02/2013
I've found myself re-watching TDKR a lot more than TDK. Yeah ill catch hell from the joblo crowd , but something about the 3rd one really catches my fancy and I enjoy it more than the other 2.
I've found myself re-watching TDKR a lot more than TDK. Yeah ill catch hell from the joblo crowd , but something about the 3rd one really catches my fancy and I enjoy it more than the other 2.
8:03AM on 02/02/2013
"Only ten quid"? Fuck off, mate. One of the TV channels can buy my ticket for me. In fact, consider it already bought at some point in the future and I'll torrent it ahead of time.
"Only ten quid"? Fuck off, mate. One of the TV channels can buy my ticket for me. In fact, consider it already bought at some point in the future and I'll torrent it ahead of time.
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8:55AM on 02/02/2013

Project Wide Awake

I recall on the extras in X2 that Singer had a Sentinel prototype made for him. So it's exciting that he's finally being able to bring them to the big screen. I just hope we get to see that Age of Apocalypse type of dark future where mutants are fighting for their lives.
I recall on the extras in X2 that Singer had a Sentinel prototype made for him. So it's exciting that he's finally being able to bring them to the big screen. I just hope we get to see that Age of Apocalypse type of dark future where mutants are fighting for their lives.
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11:01AM on 02/02/2013
X-Men vs. Sentinels? Bring it on!
X-Men vs. Sentinels? Bring it on!
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5:36PM on 02/02/2013
They better get the Sentinels right!!!
They better get the Sentinels right!!!
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6:27PM on 02/02/2013

nice interview!

But I have to say I couldn't disagree with him more on Dredd 3d. I think it was directed very well. It certainly looked more expensive than it actually was and I really liked the retro 80's feel it had. Visually it was one of the best looking films of the year. Though that cred goes mostly to Anthony Dod Mantle I guess. Also Lena Heady was great I thought and I don't always like her performances. But I thought she was really menacing without ever raising her voice and she truly looked like
But I have to say I couldn't disagree with him more on Dredd 3d. I think it was directed very well. It certainly looked more expensive than it actually was and I really liked the retro 80's feel it had. Visually it was one of the best looking films of the year. Though that cred goes mostly to Anthony Dod Mantle I guess. Also Lena Heady was great I thought and I don't always like her performances. But I thought she was really menacing without ever raising her voice and she truly looked like someone who compeltely lost grip on reality and didn't care about anything anymore. Making her all the more dangerous. Still to each his or her own opinion of course. Also I am a huge fan of Millar's work and eagerly anticipate what kickass 3 will bring us!
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