In 2009, acclaimed writer of Superman and Daredevil Mark Waid and artist Peter Krause teamed to create Irredeemable, a comic series about the most powerful superhero on earth turning on the very people he’d been protecting and almost destroying the planet. It’s a narrative that now likely rings as somewhat played out. But in a pre-Injustice: Gods Among Us world, it rocked the comic industry and was extremely popular over the course of its 36-issue run, even inspiring imitators within its first year of publication. Irredeemable has been over for years now, but it’s back in the news today in a big way.
Oscar-winning writer and director Adam McKay, he of Anchorman and The Big Short fame, was revealed today to be the director of a film adaptation of the comic series. A year ago it might have seemed like an odd pick, being that he’d yet to display his directing chops on a property that wasn’t entirely comedic. However, having seen him take on The Big Short, it’s safe to say that he’s a good call for the property, which is decidedly light on comedy.
The film will be written by Tommy Wirkola, the director of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Take that as you will. But with McKay on board, this project is sure to gain some traction (and the good kind, at that) very soon.