The film adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis is moving from Twentieth Century Fox to Warner Bros. Pictures, according to The Tracking Board.
Nemesis is a four-issue miniseries published at Marvel Comics imprint Icon. The series asks the question “What if Batman was the Joker?” It follows the exploits of billionaire and worlds-greatest-fighter Matt Anderson, who becomes obsessed with avenging the death of his supervillain parents. He begins a one-man campaign of terrorism, killing police and kidnapping the chief who brought his parents to justice.
Contrary to the initial report by The Tracking Board, Nemesis is not owned by Marvel, but by Millar. However, it is still curious that Fox would pass on the film adaptation, considering the success the studio had adapting Millar’s The Secret Service into Kingman and that Millar works on Fox’s Marvel properties. It may be stranger still that Warner Bros. is the studio to pick the film up, considering rumors that Warner Bros. and comic book subsidiary DC Comics were unhappy with Millar’s use of Batman and The Joker in the series’ description.
Nemesis is still being produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free. Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve will produce on Warner Bros.’ behalf. Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan was attached to direct for Fox, but it’s unclear if he remains on board as the project jumps studios. Carnahan also wrote the latest version of the film’s script, with his brother, Matthew Michael Carnahan.