If you’ve never read Warren Ellis’ superhero book The Authority, it has a simple premise: What if superheroes stopped trying to maintain the status quo and actively tried to improve the world? And that doesn’t come close to describing how good the series is. It’s well-written and the various artists involved (especially original artist Brian Hitch) gave it a very cinematic feel…which explains why there may finally be a movie of it.
The word comes via Brooklyn-based artist Dean Haspiel (The creator of Billy Dogma and Street Code.), who blogged about his recent Emmy win for Outstanding Title Design for the HBO show Bored to Death. While at the Emmys, he bumped into Stana Katic of the show Castle:
[I] told her how much I loved her in Frank Miller’s SPIRIT movie [she was my favorite part of the movie]… …Stana told me she was in the midst of creating a new comic book and was in talks to act in a movie version of Warren Ellis’ THE AUTHORITY.
All of which was news to Ellis, who posted the note on his blog with the comments:
I don’t own THE AUTHORITY, and DC are certainly not compelled to tell me about anything regarding the book.
What an odd thing.
The Authority wasn’t a creator-owned book (several other writers continued it after Ellis departed), but considering how much work he put into creating it, including writing several arcs of Stormwatch that set up the series, it’s a shame that it sounds like he won’t be involved with the film. Hell, if he can make G.I. Resolute intelligent and watchable, imagine what he can do with this.