News Roundup: Superheroes Tackle Disability In ‘Superior’

'Superior', drawn by Leinil Yu

If you saw Matthew Vaughn’s movie adaptation of the Mark Millar comic book Kick-Ass last year, you’ll know these are two men with a really good handle on the backstory behind superheroes, and how the mythology works, even when it doesn’t make logical sense. Having Nicholas Cage speak like Adam West’s ’60s Batman, for example, or having a super-hero with a MySpace page.

Now Matthew has once again bought the rights to a Mark Millar comic book, and once again, it’ll test the superhero conventions to the limit, as Mark revealed to Comic Book News: “Basically, my Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has bought the movie rights to Superior from me and Leinil Yu. And Leinil and I am also teaming up with the MS Society, who want to use the character, as it’s the first superhero with multiple sclerosis,”

The hero of the story is a young boy in a wheelchair who is granted one wish. His is to become his favorite super-hero. And once he’s been transformed, he uses his powers to feed the world and rescue people caught by earthquakes and tidal waves. Batman, he is not.

Mark explained: “I wanted to write about a superhero with a disability and I chose MS because it’s something that touched one of my school-friends growing up. I’m acutely aware of the unexpected way the disease can strike anyone and the enormous difficulties it can cause

“Superhero stories are essentially wish-fulfilment fantasies and nothing seemed more powerful to me than a little boy with a magic wish not only wanting to walk again, but to fly.” (via TotalFilm)

And if all this seems a bit worthy for you, here’s some of today’s Brit-centric celebrity stuff. Enjoy:

Leona Lewis is disgusted by a fake charity which has been using her pictures to try and con fans into parting with their money. And so are we. (via Metro)

• Psst! Wanna see some sneaky on-set pictures of Henry Cavill looking like a hobo for Superman: Man Of Steel? Course you do! (via Gigwise)

• Amid all the celebrity tributes on Twitter and elsewhere, Coldplay issued a rather sweet statement about the great Steve Jobs: “We are so sad to hear about the passing of Steve Jobs. In all of our encounters with him he was such a lovely man, and always so humble … about his incredible talents. Like all of the people he knew, and the millions of others he didn’t, we will miss him” (via the Guardian)

Jessie J, Adele and Tinie Tempah have all been honored at this year’s MOBO Awards. Jessie walked off with four gongs, winning Best UK Act, Best Album, Best Newcomer and Best Song. (via Stereoboard)

• Now, who fancies a bit of a knees-up? Here’s Russell Brand, appearing in the video for his old mate Noel Gallagher’s new solo single, which has the slightly confusing title “AKA…What A Life!”

He appears to be playing Russell Brand from the bad old days.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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