Boy, Mark Millar sure knows how to keep himself in the news, doesn’t he?
A couple of weeks after being everywhere talking up Kingsman: The Secret Service (which was EXCELLENT, by the way), and then taking some time to throw some shade on Marvel Studios, Millar is back in the news thanks to a potential big screen adaptation of another one of his books: Nemesis.
The Scottish comic booker writer created the character for a run with Icon Comics back in 2010. The promotional tagline when the book was announced was, “What If Batman Was The Joker?” Needless to say, phrasing the pitch that way got him a few concerned emails from DC, but the idea stuck. Nemesis is a sort of psychotic Batman that terrorizes a Jim Gordon-type using tactics that would make the Clown Prince quite proud.
Back when he was out stumping for Kingsman, Millar said that the success of that movie would help 20th Century Fox decide whether or not to pull the trigger on Nemesis. With the news coming out of last weekend’s box of receipts- that the movie had accumulated over $275 million worldwide- the writer took to his Facebook page yesterday to post this:
It’s interesting how Millar’s riffs on sacred comic book titans keep getting Hollywood’s attention. There was Kick-Ass, which was his Sort Of Spider-Man. There’s also Superior, his Sort Of Superman, that Matthew Vaughn purchased the movie rights to and is said to be developing. And now there’s Nemesis, his Sort Of Batman Meets Joker.
One thing that Nemesis definitely has going for it is Joe Carnahan. Carnahan, who directed and co-wrote the criminally underrated A-Team movie, has been itching to adapt a comic book to the big screen. He was working on a gritty, retro Daredevil reboot before the rights to the character reverted back to Marvel. He has written a script for Nemesis that Millar once touted as “one of the most relentless and powerful screenplays” he’d ever read.
In an old blog entry, where he raved about Carnahan’s script, Millar once said this of the Blake Morrow character (he’s the one who’s Sort of Jim Gordon):
“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.”
An old, rumored candidate for Morrow was Carnahan’s A-Team star Liam Neeson. But that was two years ago, before he had played a grizzled underdog in 73 action movies.
What do you think? I’ve never read the book. Could this thing be worth keeping an eye on? Who would you cast as the Gordon-like Blake Morrow? Discuss.