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Is An Authority Movie In The Works?

An influential series that set the tone for superhero storytelling in the 2000s, The Authority by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch frequently appears on lists of comics that fans would like to see make the leap to the big screen. However, Warner Bros.’ inability to assemble a Justice League film has made The Authority seem like little more than a pipe dream.

But is it possible that an adaptation is already in the works?

In his report from the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, held Saturday in Los Angeles, Emmy-winning cartoonist Dean Haspiel notes that he met Castle star Stana Katic, who told him “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.”

It’s only a brief mention, with no further details; no director, no screenwriter, no producer. But, hey, it’s already better sourced than half the movie rumors that run rampant across the Internet.

Ellis himself comments on the report: “I don’t own The Authority, and DC are certainly not compelled to tell me about anything regarding the book. … What an odd thing.”

Debuting from WildStorm in 1999, The Authority employed decompression, “widescreen” storytelling and intense violence to tell the story of an uncompromising team of superheroes — among them, Apollo and Midnighter, gay analogues of Superman and Batman — who promised to get the job done by whatever means necessary. The popular 12-issue run by Ellis and Hitch was followed by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, whose stint was famously cut short after run-ins with DC Comics executives over content. The series has been relaunched several times since then, but none has recaptured the tone, or the audience, of those early issues.


  • Kardwell

    About 8 years too late.

  • Unfortunate1

    An R-rated Authority movie with a big special effects budget and a decent script could be a lot of fun.

  • portnoy-1

    keep dreaming man, the wolrd is not ready yet for apolo and Midnighter shaking tong and killing r-rated style

  • Lion_okitkat

    I wasn't going to comment but the issue of censorship just makes me so angry. A guy can go to war for his country but not enjoy an adult oriented comic in the privacy of his own home? If a comic is to mature it's up to the parents to monitor what their kids are reading (or watching on tv). I can't wait til we get beyond this shiz.

  • The Giggaheim Museum

    I'm with Unfortunate1. It needs to be an adult, R-rated big budget film much in the save vein as “Kick-Ass”. Otherwise, they might as well make a JLA movie.

  • MaGiKLauDe

    “Really interesting call. A movie project I thought long dead has risen again, stronger than ever. Very exciting. “
    From Hitch's Twitter.

  • redvector

    Don't hold your breath. The box office failure of Watchmen killed any chance of an R-rated superhero film.

    And besides the superhero genre is headed for a fall due to oversaturation of the marketplace.

  • Coryjameson

    Let me guess. The Studio will only make The Authority movie if the De-Gay Midnighter and Apollo.

    No Thanks.

    Don't get me wrong. I'd love an Authority movie if Warren Ellis is the Screen/Script writer AND has extensive creative control. However, that would only happen in the most outlandish parallel universe.

    That'd be cool, traveling the multiverse for well-made comic book movies or entire comic book series drawn by Frank Quitely.

  • Lee(f)

    If the Watchmen could be such a success I don't see why an R-rated Authority couldn't be. It would be so awesome…. much better than Watchmen in my opinion.