Tony Scott Directing Adaptation of Mark Millar’s ‘Nemesis’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 10th, 2013 at 3:52 am,


Mark Millar may be his own biggest fan, but there’s no denying that Hollywood has developed a lucrative interest in him over the last few years. The latest title from Millar’s catalog to get the big-screen treatment is Nemesis- a comic book with the intriguing tag line: “What if Batman was the Joker?”

Here’s another intriguing tag line: “directed by Tony Scott.”

It’s been six month since we first heard talk of a Nemesis adaptation. Now, Bleeding Cool reports that Tony Scott (Man on Fire) has signed on to direct Nemesis – with Deadline confirming the news.

For decades various writers have implied how many similarities Batman shares with his adversaries and how easily he might have turned to evil instead of good. Millar took that simple premise all the way to the bank with Nemesis which follows “the smartest, toughest costumed bad ass in the world” as he launches an attack on Washington D.C. and the Chief Inspector who ruined his life.

Millar took to the forum of his website Millar World to address the news and share his excitement over Scott’s involvement:

“Bryan Hitch and I would reference Tony on a weekly basis when we were doing The Ultimates. Our dream was an Ultimates movie with Scott directing because he can do the character work and the intensity, but also handle scale and action like practically no other. The idea of a him helming a superhero movie had us giddy and here he is directing the one Steve McNiven and I created.”

Millar and McNiven previously collaborated on the Marvel series Civil War and Old Man Logan. Nemesis is a creator-owned property published by Marvel and released under the Icon Comics imprint. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but it does sound like it has a lot of potential.

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I enjoyed parts of the Kick-Ass comic and thought Matthew Vaughn did an incredible job with the movie but I’m less familiar with Millar. If you’re familiar with Nemesis I’d love to hear whether or not it’s worth checking out.

Tony Scott is pretty hit or miss with the quality of his films, but when you’re as prolific as he is there are bound to be a few duds. I agree with Millar that Scott knows how to deliver big action without sacrificing character development and (one of the qualities Vaughn brought to Kick-Ass that helped make it so successful).

In regards to what he and Scott are planning for Nemesis, Millar says:

“We talked casting, we talked budget (and we’re talking way more than Wanted and Kick-Ass put together here in terms of money for him to play with) and we talked with Fox about making this into a major franchise, something they’re really going to invest their time and energy into… Tony said this was a very timely project and Fox want to get this moving as soon as possible. Next up is a script and the writer we talked about did one of my top five movies of all time. The actor he’s shooting for as the lead character is going to blow your socks off.”

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It’s unclear whether Scott’s involvement with Nemesis will affect his place on the short-list of Wolverine 2 directors. However, the only potential issue I see with this is that when Millar was promoting the comic, he mentioned that the Joker was the best part of The Dark Knight and how big an inspiration that characterization had been on Nemesis. I can’t presume to know why Scott finds the premise so “timely” but if it has anything to do with questions over how to deal with a terrorist and an adversary who’s one step ahead of you, well-there might be just a little bit of “Deja Vu” for audiences.

Again, I haven’t read the comic so I could be way off base. Scott also has very different sensibilities as a filmmaker than Christopher Nolan so I’m sure Nemesis will have no problem standing on its own.

Source: Bleeding Cool, Millar World.

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  1. Haven’t read Nemesis yet, never actually heard of it… seems like an interesting concept… it looks pretty cool… I’mma go get it soon.. maybe right after Deadpool # 1000…

    • Where did you copy and paste that from..I swear I read the exact same thing a few weeks ago on another site.

      • A wiki site.

  2. Sounds like it’ll be awesome- though I’m also unfamiliar with this comic…

  3. i have read nemisis,

    there is only 2 issues out at the moment (in my local comic shop anyway lol) the first one was a fantastic opening to a new character and executed very well, as i was reading it i was thinking this would look amazing on screen. the second issue however didnt live up to my expectations from reading the first one.

    but the storyline and characters have so much potential!! so with scott directing i think this could be just as big if not bigger than kick ass!!

  4. Annoying thing with Millar is that he seems to use his writing talents, not to expand the medium in any way, but to make comics that will conveniently make ‘great’ films.

  5. watch this movie turn into a pg-13 crap fest that doesnt even follow the storyline lol

  6. This is the kind of thing that if Fox doesn’t snap it up they’ll probably successfully shop it someplace like Universal. I’m half surprised they’re trying to sell it to Fox but then sometimes Fox will take what I think are unusual risks and run with them. Perhaps in desperation they sometimes make good choices. Somebody over there has talent they got behind “Avatar” after all…

  7. I’ve read the first two issues, quite like the concept, and the sequences would look amazing in live action. As for casting, I’m thinking Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles might be a good fit for the character.

  8. FANTASTIC comic, scary as. As long as they don’t ruin it like wanted, it’ll hopefully be fine. I actually liked the second more than the first, cos they explored his back story a lot more, and the premise isn’t a lie at all. He’s definitely got the Joker’s sense of humour… although to tell the truth seems a bit more like Riddler than Joker. And he always seems to be one step ahead like the Joker was. So should be a fantastic film, can’t wait to see it, or read the next issue, whenever that comes out!

    • Okay, based on some of the comments here I guess I really need to check this out. And yeah, Punisher Max has some pretty incredible arcs. After awhile I started to feel like it had shown me everything it possibly could and got a little repetitive. Early on though I was loving it.

  9. so exactly what is this. an anti-hero thing or is it kind of like a watchman thing.I’m confused about it????

  10. Sounds like an Elseworlds thing. Do they still do the Elseworlds comic/graphic novel adaptions these days? There were a boatload of them out on the 90′s and early 00′s. I’ve loads about Batman.
    Tagline for these was:-
    “In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places — some that have existed, and others that can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t exist. The result is stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow.”

    Some great examples were Kal-El being brought up by the Waynes in Gotham so you had a Batman with Kryptonian powers with Lex luthor as the Joker, the Batman story set in prohibition era America where it was suggested that Eliot Ness was the caped crusader, a Batman creature created by Dr. Frankenstein, a huge triple story arc with Batman v Dracula and succombing to vampirism himself and Batman set in the Wild West with Robin as an orphaned indian (native american) brave and many more.

    This Nemesis sounds very much in this style and sounds like a batfreaks dream. Will it be accessible to wider non-comic savvy audience though?

      • Marvel’s are called ‘What If.’ In some sense this seems like Marvel’s eating DC’s lunch, but notice Fox is sort of developing it. I hope some more “buffer” comes into place because I’d hate to see some conflict between the two companies over what might look like an inverted copycat of the other’s copyrighted material. I notice this super crook doesn’t seem to sport a utility belt!? With DCE’s recent animated release of Crisis on Two Earth’s” This might be seen as a take on that stories Owlman character, or the other way around? Keep this one in mind fans could turn into a fight down the road…

      • The Truth

        Elseworlds stories are definately worth checking out if you want something a little left of centre, so to speak. You mention Dredd there. There are four great Batman v Judge Dredd graphic novels to try and get your hands on. Fantastic artwork and good plotting in them all.
        And as for Spawn, well, nuff said.

  11. Anyone confused about the plot; imagine if you were a super rich guy like Bruce Wayne but instead of fighting evil and injustice, you become a super villain and wreak untold havoc on the world.

    It’s the best thing Millar has ever done.

  12. YAY for bad movies!

  13. ******Comic Spoiler*******

    In the first comic a guy gets run over by a train, and that same train falls off the tracks and is crushed by a falling building. Yep, issue #1.


    To me it seemed kind of quick to make a comicbook based movie with such minimal comic backstory to it but I’m curious to see how both the movie and the comic both evolve.

    • It isn’t that unusual if you take in to account the Kick Ass 2 was greenlit before the comic was even written. And that has been the case for a lot of graphic novels recently.