Joe Carnahan Finishes ‘Nemesis’ Screenplay, Calls It ‘Radical’ & ‘Inflammatory’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 8th, 2014 at 8:24 pm,

Joe Carnahan Finishes Nemesis Script Joe Carnahan Finishes Nemesis Screenplay, Calls It Radical & Inflammatory

The film adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis has had its fair share of setbacks. While it was optioned a few years ago by 20th Century Fox – to be directed by the late Tony Scott – it seemed to get stuck in development hell almost immediately (despite Millar’s insistence that the budget would be $150 million with a (potential) cast of Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt).

Then, a year ago last month, Millar announced that Joe Carnahan (The Grey) was on board to write and direct Nemesis – news that came shortly after Carnahan’s pitch to reboot Daredevil was turned down by Fox. Now, Carnahan has finally announced via Twitter that he and his brother Matthew have completed the script for the film.

Check out the tweet (with the screenplay cover page attached) below:

In a response to a tweet by Ben Robins, Joe Carnahan called the screenplay “radical” and “inflammatory”:

For those unfamiliar with Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis, it’s a comic book about an evil Batman analog who fights against a Commissioner Gordon analog. The book – initially describe as “What if Batman were the Joker?” – was largely derided by comic book fans and reviewers for, among other things, its pointless shock value and nonsensical twist ending.

Here’s what I previously wrote about the book’s most criticized scene, referenced in Robins’ tweet:

The last issue, for example, was mocked for its dialogue and content, as it saw Evil Batman forcibly impregnate Alternate Universe Jim Gordon’s daughter with his son’s sperm. The following panel in particular elicited groans and laughs from a number of comic book commentators:

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Not only because it’s an utterly ridiculous idea, but also because Millar neglected to mention exactly how Alternate Gordon’s daughter’s womb was “rigged,” which left many to assume it was just…well, magic.

Needless to say, as inflammatory as Carnahan says the script is, there will likely be some changes from the comic book to the big screen. Of course, that’s not anything new for a film adaptation of Millar’s work – most recently, Kick-Ass 2 saw much of the more controversial content from the comics softened or removed from the film altogether. And it doesn’t mean Nemesis won’t get an R rating or have controversial elements either; rather, it just means the shock value for shock value’s sake will (hopefully) be jettisoned before cameras start rolling.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you interested in seeing Carnahan’s big screen take on Nemesis? Drop us a line in the comments.

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Nemesis has not technically received a green light yet, but we’ll keep you updated as more details emerge.

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  1. Needless to say, as inflammatory as Carnahan says the script is, there will likely be some changes from the comic book to the big screen. Of course, that’s not anything new for a film adaptation of Millar’s work – most recently, Kick-Ass 2 saw much of the more controversial content from the comics softened or removed from the film altogether.

  2. To be honest, I like Millar’s work, Nemesis included.

    And while many fans out there who bow to the demon known as “political correctness” might give out a public outcry, I’ll happily see this movie and enjoy every single insulting aspect of it.

    Unless the acting is bad or the pacing is off, in which case I might be a tad underwhelmed.

  3. Love Millars work. Nemesis was such an escape for me. Total brutality and ridiculousness. Carnahan is a great director as far as style goes. This’ll work well for him.

  4. Big fan of carnahan. Ill be interested to see his film stretch next year

  5. Nemesis is one of my absolute favorite comics and I cannot WAIT until this comes out! SO PUMPED!!!!!

  6. Never read it but it sounds like a lot of Millar’s original work: dumb, pointless and with shock value added to give people something to talk about due to the lack of plot or fully fleshed characters.

    I mean, I saw Wanted and found it to only be worth watching thanks to Freeman and Jolie with the movie coming across as pointless as the comic book.

    Same with Kick-Ass. Never liked the books and the only pull most people had with the movie was “OMG, 12 year old girl dropping the C-word”. Saw the movie myself after buying it on DVD. Big mistake and waste of my money (luckily it was on sale in 2008 when I bought it).

    If the 12 year old foul-mouthed gangster from Robocop 2 didn’t phase me then Hit-Girl also failed to do so and again, other than her one scene when she slaughtered an entire gang in an apartment, the rest of the movie was boredom personified.

    I love controversial things, I just don’t rate Mark Millar as very good outside of his Avengers, Superman and X-Men stories.

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  7. kick ass 2 sucked balls, was a massive insult to fans of the comic and a big lie to lure fans in to watch a piece of filthy garbage.

    carnaham is a oood writer/director so here’s hoping he does a somewhat decent adaptation of what i consider one of millers best pieces :)