“What if Batman was the Joker?” That is the question Mark Millar and Steve McNiven asked in their 2010 limited series, Nemesis. The story centers on a well-trained super villain named Nemesis who uses his immense wealth to terrorize the world and the life of Chief Inspector Blake Morrow. Over the last few years, Millar has been turning his comic book creations into movie franchises; Nemesis has been in development since it was created a few years ago, but recently, Millar shared some new information about the film.
Millar announced last year that director Joe Canrnahan would co-write and direct Nemesis. He recently talked about the finished script, but now Millar has read it and shared his thoughts on Joe and Matthew Carnahan’s take on the series.
Evidently, the comic book creator/Fox superhero movie architect had nothing but positive things to say about the screenplay.
Nemesis is one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays I’ve ever read. I was actually SHELL-SHOCKED after reading it, thinking about it for hours afterwards and discussing it with the family. As a movie, the Carnahans have crafted something we’ve never actually seen before and I feel like someone in Julia Phillips’ office must have felt when Schrader’s TAXI DRIVER script first landed on their desk. This is going to be one of the best movies of the decade.
Millar seems incredibly enthusiastic about Carnahan’s script. He goes on by saying that Carnahan’s The Grey was his favorite film of last year, and that his screenplay for Death Wish is also impressive – but none of them come close to what he and his brother Matthew have done with the Nemesis script. The one aspect of Millar’s post that was really intriguing is his praise for how Carnahan handled the character of Chief Inspector Blake Morrow.
The cop who goes up against him, the Blake Morrow character in the book, is going to be a movie icon after this picture. I don’t know who’s going to be playing him at this stage, but I know that after reading the script everyone is going to WANT to.
Although the central focus will be on the character of Nemesis, it looks like Chief Inspector Morrow will be stealing the spotlight in Carnahan’s adaptation. Nemesis is an insane story that is both graphic and gruesome at times. Without spoiling the plot of the original series, I can say that Nemesis put Morrow through the ringer throughout the story, and it will be interesting to see what Carnahan includes in his version.
Mark Millar is one biggest names in comics, and his creator owned titles such as Kick-Ass and Wanted have been made into successful films. He is currently set to re-team with Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for a feature-film version of his spy series, The Secret Service. Millar is now a creative consultant for Fox’s Marvel properties, so hopefully with his pull he could get production of Nemesis to start soon. I always look forward to seeing how Millar’s insane creations look on the big screen, and Nemesis sure sounds like it could be one of his best.
Of course, it’s no surprise that the creator of the book would praise the film – we’ll be able to judge for ourselves once a trailer inevitably makes its debut.
Nemesis is still currently in development.