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    Mark Millar is a comic writer known best for his work on The Authority, and many flagship titles for Marvel, and the hugely successful Civil War storyline. He is currently focusing on creator-owned work.

    Mark Millar/Steve McNiven Next Project: 'Nemesis' Revealed

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    We've all been eagerly awaiting to find out more about Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's next project at Marvel.  Details on " Nemesis" have been revealed.  What might upset some fans is this project has nothing to do with any established Marvel characters.  If fact, it has more in common with a certain character from another publisher...
     
    Millar's aim on this book is "What if Batman was the Joker.  That's even pretty clear if you look at the image above.  Millar said:

    Yeah, a lot of people who've read it have been coming up with hilarious tag-lines. "What if Batman was The Joker?" is the tame one. "What if Batman was a total cunt?" is maybe my favourite, although it's hardly going to be an ad. [It's] is a reversal of the Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark archetype. What if this genius billionaire was just this total shit, and the only thing that stood between him and a city was the cops? It's Batman versus Commissioner Gordon, in a weird way. Or maybe a super-villain version of "Se7en." A billionaire anarchist up against ordinary people. The Joker's the best thing in the Batman movies, so this guy is a bit of an amalgamation of all the stuff we like.

    The character is created and owned by Millar.  The book will be released through Marvel's ICON imprint.  It will be interesting to see if DC has any thoughts on this project.  It is a twist but will it be too cliche?  I don't think I have to mention that I will be eagerly waiting for this March 2010 release.  Millar has even said that Hollywood is already interested in a movie adaption.  I wonder if this could be the " superhero movie" he mentioned that he would be directing.
     
    What are your thoughts on this?  Too much like Batman?  Is DC talking to their lawyers right now?  Do you think the concept of a villain as the lead character will work or has it been overused lately?

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    #1  Edited By 1eyejoker

    "What if Batman was a total cunt?"     
     
    Sounds like Frank Miller's All-Star Batman.

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    #2  Edited By John Valentine

    Poorly-conceived DC Rip-off.  
     
    Millar is better than this. 

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    #3  Edited By vuki

    I like the general idea. Batman was always dark, but this is just psycho sh!t.
    Although I gotta say, the top image screams 'Joker', even his mouth is copied in a way... Maybe Millar could've been more original with this one.

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    #4  Edited By InnerVenom123

    @1eyejoker said:

    ""What if Batman was a total cunt?"      Sounds like Frank Miller's All-Star Batman. "


     

    I'M THE GODDAMN BATMAN! XD
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    #5  Edited By mrduckluck

    my favorite hero and my favorite villian come together to become one  
    in marvel O.o

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    #7  Edited By Agent Buttons
    eh...
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    #8  Edited By The Lobster

    I like the idea and basic plot he's got going, however I'm not going to judge on wither or not the character looks or acts too much like Batman till I've read the books ....but from what I've seen this looks pretty bad ass. 
     
    I don't view this as Millar copying Batman, I see it more as a parody of Batman taken seriously. Kind of like Deadpool being a parody of Deathstroke but eventually becoming a character of his own.

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    #9  Edited By Catastrophic

    I've seen this on other sites and everybody is jumping into the this is a batman/joker rip off bandwagon. I see this as a HOMAGE to Batman/Joker. Please, look at Quentin Tarantino. He's been doing it for quite a long time and no one's complaining. No one is saying that Quentin Tarantino rips off Shaw Scope or Bruce Lee, or spaghetti western movies. Millar even admits it is influenced by the Joker and Batman. So it's a goddamn homage! Please people.

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    #10  Edited By camodude

    intresting

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    #11  Edited By Grendel
    @John Valentine:  Not lately unfortunately.
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    #12  Edited By goldenkey

    got to read to it to find out I guess 
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    #13  Edited By John Valentine
    @Grendel said:
    " @John Valentine:  Not lately unfortunately. "

    I have enjoyed his recent projects.
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    #14  Edited By HaloKing343

    Weird.

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    #15  Edited By The Lobster
    @Catastrophic said:
    " I've seen this on other sites and everybody is jumping into the this is a batman/joker rip off bandwagon. I see this as a HOMAGE to Batman/Joker. Please, look at Quentin Tarantino. He's been doing it for quite a long time and no one's complaining. No one is saying that Quentin Tarantino rips off Shaw Scope or Bruce Lee, or spaghetti western movies. Millar even admits it is influenced by the Joker and Batman. So it's a goddamn homage! Please people. "
    I agree 100%
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    #16  Edited By ShadowFade

    I am going to wait and see how this book turns out. I am sure it will be "great" and Miller did cite that he combine both characters together to create a new one. Is this Marvel 616 or the Ultimate Universe? 

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    #17  Edited By The Lobster
    @ShadowFade said:
    " I am going to wait and see how this book turns out. I am sure it will be "great" and Miller did cite that he combine both characters together to create a new one. Is this Marvel 616 or the Ultimate Universe?  "
    It's part of the Marvel ICON imprint, so it's published by Marvel but isn't part of the current comic continuity.
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    #18  Edited By goldenkey
    @Catastrophic said:
    "I've seen this on other sites and everybody is jumping into the this is a batman/joker rip off bandwagon. I see this as a HOMAGE to Batman/Joker. Please, look at Quentin Tarantino. He's been doing it for quite a long time and no one's complaining. No one is saying that Quentin Tarantino rips off Shaw Scope or Bruce Lee, or spaghetti western movies. Millar even admits it is influenced by the Joker and Batman. So it's a goddamn homage! Please people. "

    good point
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    #19  Edited By FoxxFireArt

    I really don't think red is his color. It makes him look like such a tart. He looks more like a Winter.
     
    This could be interesting as a movie, but I seriously doubt that this will be as interesting as V for Vendetta was. Though I say that without knowing much of this story what so ever.

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    #20  Edited By Dr. Detfink

    Millar always has these novel concepts with ultra violent moments but the finish is hardly believable.

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    #21  Edited By ShadowFade
    @The Lobster : Oh ok. Thanks my friend. 
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    #22  Edited By TheBlueAngel93

    I like the idea, Millar's has been on a roll lately and I'm sure this will be a great book,

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    #23  Edited By crazed_h3ro

    Image# 1 looks sooo Bad A$s  ^_^
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    #24  Edited By The Lobster
    @ShadowFade: No problem
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    #25  Edited By 9

    McNiven and Mark Millar are on DC? whoa

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    #26  Edited By jamdown

    a villane as the lead character like in wanted  is still a great idea, just...im getting sick of all of mark millars work becoming a movie
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    #27  Edited By Citizen 14

    This looks pretty cool actually. 
    nice homage to the Bat. 
    + the picture is pretty awesome.
     
    aaaand copying is the most sincere form of flattery.

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    #28  Edited By The Lobster
    @9 said:
    " McNiven and Mark Millar are on DC? whoa "
    uh this is made by marvel
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    #29  Edited By Mr Bubbles

    This sounds interesting, but coming from Marvel?

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    #30  Edited By waruikumo

    I expected more from millar than just juxtaposing batman on the joker.  Seems not really all that original 
     
    hack

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    #31  Edited By Toastalchemist

    It seems like the idea has been done before. What happened to Sin city and Dark knight returns. Maybe Millar should quit comics with some dignity left. 

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    #32  Edited By Ectoplasmic


    I like that this is coming out under Marvel's ICON label.   
    Regardless of the hype over if Nemisis is a Joker/Batman rip off or a homage the fact remains that this character was inspired by a mad man and Mark Millar will have an incredible amount of flexibility to explore the more graphic aspects of this character's personality and habits.  If you've been seeing what Brubaker has been getting away with under ICON with his Criminal and Incognito titles then you'd understand why this is something to be stoaked about.
    I think this teaser image is making a promise for violence and obscenity that Millar couldn't push for under a regular Marvel title. Makes me wonder why Marvel is deciding to alienate it's younger audience when they're using their most popular creative team.    
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    #33  Edited By skaarason

    i never thought of batman or joker when i first seen the picture !!!!!! 

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    #34  Edited By m_man360

    Guys, give it a chance.

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    #35  Edited By UnsolvedParadox

    I like the idea, every Icon book I've read so far has been really good. Millar and McNiven are strong enough creative forces that I will try this.

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    so All-Star Batman then?

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    #37  Edited By HaloKing343

     I LOVE this concept.

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    #38  Edited By Korg

    It's a really interesting concept if you read the actual article, and don't just focus on that one line, which isn't a very apt comparison. I will read this just based on the creative team, but the whole idea sounds pretty awesome.

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    #39  Edited By TheSavageAssasin
    @Korg said:
    " It's a really interesting concept if you read the actual article, and don't just focus on that one line, which isn't a very apt comparison. I will read this just based on the creative team, but the whole idea sounds pretty awesome. "
    Yep.
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    #40  Edited By The Psyentist
    @FoxxFireArt said:
    " I really don't think red is his color. It makes him look like such a tart. He looks more like a Winter."

    Haha.
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    #41  Edited By 4Essence

    "What if Batman was a total cunt?"   hahaha. I love that one, but wasn't this kinda what The Authority's Midnighter was supposed to be? Hurm...
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    #42  Edited By morpheus_  Moderator
    This will be quite interesting to see.
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    #43  Edited By Korg
    @4Essence said:
    " wasn't this kinda what The Authority's Midnighter was supposed to be? Hurm... "
    As far as attitude is concerned, somewhat. Midnighter is a superhero though. He has powers, and fights bad guys. He might be an ass, but he's not a villain. Which is pretty lucky for the rest of the heroes is the WSU.
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    #44  Edited By Peterobe

    a little strange, but I am intrigued.

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    #45  Edited By swhorl

    I'll pass.

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    #46  Edited By TheBug

    I would be less annoyed by this if DC were putting it out.

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    #47  Edited By ArtJoker

    This looks pretty cool I would like to see where this goes. While Mark does have what some might call used concepts, i don't think it will be a problem for him because he has a way of making a piece of work stand out/his own. for instance the Ultimate s, same basic principle of a story about a superhero team, but it is usually the little things that make Mark's work great; for me anyways, ex. Hawkeye killing a whole bunch of guards with his fingernails, or the kick ass series starting out with Kick Ass' ball sack strapped to a car battery.

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    #48  Edited By Dr. Maxwell

    Interesting, sure it's been talked about but never really written. I'll be sure to check this out

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    #49  Edited By Nyogtha
    @vuki: That seems to be the idea though.
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    #50  Edited By crazywolf

    Might check this out just to see what it's like

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