December 6, 2009

Mark Millar's Nemesis To Become A Movie?

Comic book writer Mark Millar is the man behind such iconic Marvel updates such as Civil War, Old Man Logan and Ultimate Comic Avengers. His original titles Wanted and Kick-Ass were turned into films with sequels on their way. Along with American Jesus and War Heroes in development as well. He even approached Warner Bros. with his concept for a new trilogy of Superman films based on his DC Comics series Red Son.

There is talk that his new series Nemesis setup at Marvel's imprint Icon Comics could be heading to theaters. Millar had been gathering interest from producers but hasn't made a deal yet. It doesn't even hit shelves until March 2010 but it's concept seems perfect for world of R rated comic movies. The main villain seems to be a combination of Bruce Wayne meets the Joker. The interesting thing is that Nemesis is going up against average cops, no superheroes to battle. Somewhat similar to the world of Wanted. Kick-Ass comic readers might remember it didn't have most of it's issues released when the film went into production. I expect after the first issue is released in March we'll be hearing announcements from a studio.

Yeah, a lot of people who've read it have been coming up with hilarious tag-lines. "What if Batman was The Joker?" is the tame one. "What if Batman was a total cunt?" is maybe my favourite, although it's hardly going to be an ad. [It's] is a reversal of the Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark archetype. What if this genius billionaire was just this total shit, and the only thing that stood between him and a city was the cops? It's Batman versus Commissioner Gordon, in a weird way. Or maybe a super-villain version of "Se7en." A billionaire anarchist up against ordinary people. The Joker's the best thing in the Batman movies, so this guy is a bit of an amalgamation of all the stuff we like.

Nemesis is the world’s smartest man, and the bad news for us is that he’s the world’s only super-villain. That means he’s got freeze guns and jump-jets and all these James Bond gadgets and he’s using them against us. To entertain himself, he picks a different cop every year and makes his life a misery. The book opens with him fucking over Japan’s top cop, and then our story, the mini-series, takes place as he shifts his attention to Washington and his first American attacks.


I believe Millar is developing the second coming of comic book films. While we have a strong Batman series from Christopher Nolan and Marvel Studios is doing their thing. They're PG-13 films which I don't mind but DC/Marvel seems to have that demographic covered. There is a large market out there for adult comic book films. If you look at films like Sin City, Blade and The Crow they're ultra popular films. Recent films like 300, Watchmen and Wanted have been very successful even if they're adult oriented.

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