Last week, word broke that FOX would not be going forward with their Daredevil reboot. Basically, the studio couldn’t get their shit together on time and, thus, will be letting the movie rights revert back to Marvel/Disney. While most comics fans are thrilled with FOX’s distance from the property (they typically make bad comic book movies), others are a little bummed. Myself include. Primarily because of director Joe Carnahan. He had visioned an edgy, Serpico-styled superhero flick based in the 1970’s. To me, that sounded completely bad-ass. It would have been really interesting to see Marvel character go dark.
The news, however, isn’t so bad for Carnahan. The Smokin’ Aces director has shifted from superhero to supervillain.
Kick-Ass comic creator Mark Millar has revealed on his forum that Carnahan is set to bring his supervillain comic Nemesis to life on the big screen. Here’s what Millar said…
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.
Villains are the characters that fascinate us the most. So, it’s pretty genius to have a comic-book that is solely from the bad guys perspective. This is probably why Millar‘s Nemesis tickles nerd fancy. For those unfamiliar with the series, it focuses on sort of a negative Batman -all the money and toys, but none of the morality- who is the worlds only super villain.
As fascinating as the premise is, I wonder if it would appeal to mass audiences. The comic features attacks on the Pentagon, bombs on the President of the United States and the innumerable deaths of heroic characters like police officers. It’d be the envy of terrorists everywhere.