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Millar Confirms Joe Carnahan On 'NEMESIS'

Millar's most menacing anti-hero has a director and a script.

Director Joe Carnahan's name has been linked to comics quite a bit over the last week or so. First we discovered that his plans for a Daredevil film at FOX Studios was squashed due to the character's rights reverting back to Marvel. The director was so disappointed over the fact that he wouldn't have a chance to make his "Man Without Fear" movie that he showed the sizzle reel he created and showed it off via his Youtube channel. Needless to say, the clip got a lot of attention -- mostly because of the direction Carnahan had for the film: a darker, edgier Daredevil set in gritty 1970's New York City.

Edgy enough, for you?

While that project doesn't look like it will be happening, it seems Carnahan's name has been linked to yet another comic book property. Writer Mark Millar revealed in a post he recently made in his MillarWorld forums that Carnahan will be the man behind NEMESIS, Millar's ultimate anti-hero.

Millar's Nemesis character was created to be a cross between both the Batman and the Joker: he is the world's smartest man and world's most psychotic super-villain all rolled into one. The character was first created back in 2010 and received his own, self titled 4-issue series published by ICON, a division of Marvel as well as in CLiNT, Millar's magazine. According to the series' writer, Carnahan will act as both writer and director for the film.

Shot straight from a wedding in Manchester last week to the City of Angels and plunged straight into some studio biz on the Nemesis movie. Mighty Joe Carnahan is directing (from a script by he and his brother Matthew), but this much you already know. Fox wanted us to get in the same room for the first time and really hash this out, which was exciting. Joe has a really brilliant take on this and Matt and he are going to take things from here so I'm really happy. Absolutely no casting has been done formally although you can google the MTV interview from last January where he and Sir Liam Neeson are chatting about it. More news as it happens.

Perhaps that edgy, dark, gritty vision Carnahan had for Daredevil can be applied to Nemesis? Considering the type of character and the level of violence and darkness he exudes in his self-titled series, perhaps Carnahan's the right man for the job?

The thought of a film about a super-villain is kind of interesting though, isn't it? When he feature them as your central character, who do you get your audience to root for? Millar certainly did a good job making Nemesis a success in comics, but can he do the same on the big screen? Particularly when it isn't often that a film follows the story of the main antagonist. That should definitely be interesting.

What do you think of the news? Would you like to see Director Joe Carnahan make a Nemesis movie? What kind of a direction do you think a film like that should have?

Source: First Showing and MillarWorld

30 Comments
Posted by Chaos Burn

So kick-ass meets dark knight? why do i get the feeling this will hurt Deadpools chance of getting a movie?

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Posted by SilverHammerMan

Maybe they can cut out the bit where Nemesis booby-traps someone's uterus. Please?

Edited by InnerVenom123

Um.

Anti-hero?

Have you ever read Nemesis?

Posted by moywar700

Forums rules dedicates no cussing because this is family friendly.

OP Admin posts gore pic.

Posted by They Killed Cap!

This could be rediculous but hopefully its as good as the story.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@moywar700 said:

Forums rules dedicates no cussing because this is family friendly.

OP Admin posts gore pic.

Oh, and this.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

It should have been Daredevil damit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by bingbangboom

I like the original concept of the character but felt that it just became too goofy. There are some serious thing that they won't touch in the movie. Will really need a great one two punch with the two leads.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

you know I was just thinking about that, hell I was just in the Nemesis page.

Posted by lifeboy
it sounds interesting but then again everything sounds interesting. that pic of the guy jamming wood into thkse other two guys is going to move me over to the NO column.
Posted by whitelantern64

I'm sorry, I never really heard of this character, is this guy just crazy evil or does he have a larger goal in mind with all of his chaos and carnage? If its the former, watch this movie to not only get protested every step of the way (would be blasted as a bad example, what with the shooter at the dark knight rises theater) but also bomb at the box office horribly at the box office by the general public. If its the latter, this movie could be very interesting to watch.

Posted by kingjoeg

Nemesis shouldnt be made into a film, its rubbish.

Posted by Gambit1024

Was Nemesis really that bad?

Posted by x_29

@Gambit1024 said:

Was Nemesis really that bad?

Oh hell yes.

Posted by Druid

Awesome!! Maybe next Millar can crap in a box with his name written on it! I'd buy that again and again!

Posted by Gambit1024

@x_29 said:

@Gambit1024 said:

Was Nemesis really that bad?

Oh hell yes.

What was so wrong with it? I'd read for myself, but now I just need to know.

Posted by danhimself

@moywar700 said:

Forums rules dedicates no cussing because this is family friendly.

OP Admin posts gore pic.

there was absolutely no cussing

Posted by x_29

@Gambit1024 said:

@x_29 said:

@Gambit1024 said:

Was Nemesis really that bad?

Oh hell yes.

What was so wrong with it? I'd read for myself, but now I just need to know.

Much like kick ass 2, its just a showcase for shock value for the sake of shock value. Also the writing is terrible and the titular character is nothing special.

Posted by TheWitchingHour

@InnerVenom123 said:

Um.

Anti-hero?

Have you ever read Nemesis?

Exactly. Straight villain is more like it. Also if I remember correctly he wasn't the criminal mastermind he made himself out to be right? It was more of a man behind the curtain kind of thing.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@x_29 said:

@Gambit1024 said:

Was Nemesis really that bad?

Oh hell yes.

How? It was just a comic being insane for fun. It wasn't inherently awful, it was like a popcorn movie.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@Chaos Burn said:

So kick-ass meets dark knight? why do i get the feeling this will hurt Deadpools chance of getting a movie?

It wouldn't?

If anything it would improve his chances if this movie was successful, because studios would realize the potential of how a DP movie could work.

Posted by x_29

@InnerVenom123 said:

@x_29 said:

@Gambit1024 said:

Was Nemesis really that bad?

Oh hell yes.

How? It was just a comic being insane for fun. It wasn't inherently awful, it was like a popcorn movie.

...

Posted by InnerVenom123

@x_29 said:

@InnerVenom123 said:

@x_29 said:

@Gambit1024 said:

Was Nemesis really that bad?

Oh hell yes.

How? It was just a comic being insane for fun. It wasn't inherently awful, it was like a popcorn movie.

...

Yeah I'm just screwing with you.

Art was pretty though.

Posted by CrimsonAlchemist

Yea Nemesis is awesome!!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Yeah, anti-hero is about as far from describing Nemesis as anything else. But Carnahan doing this? Awesomesauce!

Posted by mattbrooks

I thought Nemesis was fantastic. It was completely crazy, but really well done. I am a little curious to see how much of it they put into the movie version, though.

Edited by ThomasElliot

Meh... I think some of us have no interest in Nemesis because the idea isn't exactly new. Over the top black humor, gory, villains, and/or anti heroes? Garth Ennis has a 1st place trophy for that sitting around somewhere.

Millar is a smart businessman, and wants to create properties than can be sold as films or TV or games and such. There's nothing wrong with that in any way, but Nemesis is a pretty good example of it.

I bought Nemesis #1 and there just wasn't anything special about it that hooked me. It might be one of those books where reading multiple issues or a collected book all at once is much better than monthly chapters.

EDIT: I should add though... I am much MORE interested in seeing a Nemesis film, especially by Joe Carnahan, than going back and reading the Nemesis comics.

Posted by Gibbet

F*ck yeah

Posted by Crash_Recovery

I'm really trying to figure out who Millar's audience is these days. Some of his "earlier" work, ie Ultimates, Authority, though violent, at least seemed thoughtful, as if character and story mattered. Now, he's almost comicbookdom's PT Barnum, just producing spectacle and lacking substance.

Posted by dexter20csgr

I was SOOOO looking forward to this !!! Nemesis is one sick villain !!! I am very excited to hear this is going to happen ! However i hope they DON'T turn the violence down a notch for commercial reasons... Otherwise i will be hoping for a Korean version of the film :P