Mark Millar is the author of some amazing graphic novels, including Kick-Ass and Nemesis. The former already became a gem of an adaptation to film; the latter is in the works in Hollywood. He has also written for numerous Marvel titles over the years. In any event, he is a comic book celebrity. Similar to the Frank Miller and Grant Morrisons of the world. Today comes some pretty interesting news. Check out this quote from a press release by 20th Century Fox:
Marking an expanded commitment to some of its most important franchises, Twentieth Century Fox has brought on comics superstar Mark Millar to serve as a creative consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties.
A part of me loves the news, because Fox ignored the source material in those failures listed above. Having Millar to help consult on the source material is a huge asset. But how much affect does a creative consultant have on the finished product of a film? I think that's the bigger question. Geoff Johns is the world's biggest Green Lantern fan, and a successful writer of the comic book series. He was a creative consultant on the Green Lantern film, and that movie was; well, I'm still working on forgetting that movie. In the end, I don't think it's going to matter if Millar helps out Fox or not. It's going to come down to what it has always come down to. A good story, great characters and a director with a clear vision.