“Marvel President Dan Buckley sort of paid me a compliment, saying, “This is such a stupidly simple and obvious idea. I can’t believe nobody’s ever come up with it before. You are the master of the stupidly simple idea.” Which I suppose is kind of flattering because everyone said that about “Kick-Ass” too. It’s almost too simple.
But, yeah. “Nemesis” 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.”
Nemesis is the world’s smartest man, and the bad news for us is that he’s the world’s only super-villain. That means he’s got freeze guns and jump-jets and all these James Bond gadgets and he’s using them against us. To entertain himself, he picks a different cop every year and makes his life a misery. The book opens with him fucking over Japan’s top cop, and then our story, the mini-series, takes place as he shifts his attention to Washington and his first American attacks. The visuals we’ve released here are just single panels from the Japanese segment. It’s the best stuff I’ve ever seen Steve do.
I wanted it to be a kind of mystery. I liked the idea of having “who is this guy?’ as a plot thread running through it. Why does he keep going after these cops and flying and training all around the world to end up in America to take on this one guy? So we find out a little more about him every issue.
It’s the reverse superhero concept. A superhero story normally has a linear fashion. You see how he becomes that guy, and then you see him in action. But here, we’ve done the reverse. The origin comes at the end of the story. But he’s the Hannibal Lecter of supervillains in that sense. All the cops are needed to go up against a guy as formidable as this. He’s almost supernatural, he’s so good. But he happens to just be in a costume. Hopefully nobody’s ever seen anything like it before. We’re so used to supervillains fighting superheroes, I just thought, “Imagine if there was only one person on the planet like this, and he was actually a bad guy.” How would cops deal with him, even though he has no super-powers?
Very simply, I wanted to do a book about the world’s greatest villain up against America’s greatest cop. I just liked the high concept of that – the idea of a villain going around from country to country and having a battle of wits with the best guy that he can get his hands on. And he sends them a little funeral wreath with the date and time of when they’re going to die on it, every one dying at precisely that time. All these cops in the Pacific Rim are dead, and then we come in at the American side of the story and see the struggle of this guy in just trying to stop him.
Millar’s comics are usually a good laugh to read and as usual this has a great high concept. I love the white suit of Nemesis and I’m looking forward to the first issue. Apparantly it will be out in March next year.
Green Arrow, or rather Ollie Queen, is a great character in the DC Universe and he does deserve a shot at the big screen.
It has been a long time since there has been any mention of his movie debut in David Goyer’s (The Dark Knight) prison film, Super Max. This is the one where Green Arrow is wrongly imprisoned in a high tech prison alongside many of the super villains he put inside.
Past updates have included the juicy rumours that bad guys such as Lex Luthor, The Riddler and The Joker would cameo. Although the Joker would be seen in name only – “His name is a throwaway. He’s on a cell,” Goyer said. “You don’t actually see him, just his name on a cell. It’s a real Easter Egg. That’s one cross-pollination we would stay away from [doing more with].”
Recently MTV spoke to Goyer about many things and the topic of Super Max was raised.
“We’re working on that. We’re about to bring on another writer,” Goyer told MTV News. “Obviously, Warner Bros. is now heavily into mining all of the various DC properties.”
Justin Marks was last mentioned with regards having a crack at the script. Plus Goyer is busy at work on his TV show Fast Forward so it is not clear how much time he will be able to spend on Super Max, but he did have some interesting words to say about how the story developed. Looks as if the prison came first.
“We came up with the idea and thought it could work in either the Marvel or the DC universe,” he explained. “It needed that type of character and there are analogues in both universes. Green Arrow seemed to make the most amount of sense.” As for whether “Super Max” is making any forward progress these days, Goyer simply said, “It’s definitely something we’re developing.”
Previously Goyer had said that the prison itself was a major character, “It’s a very, very awesome prison. I majored in architecture in college, and design is how I actually started in. For ‘Super Max,’ designing that prison, it had to be the kind of thing that was a character in and of itself,” Marks said. “We’re in a world where instead of just trying to contain a guy who’s really big, you’re trying to contain a guy who can — in the case of Icicle — who can freeze things. What kind of a cell would a guy like that need in order to have his powers neutralized? So to escape from Supermax they have got to go through the most elaborate heist we’ve ever seen, involving superpowers. Because the prison itself kind of has superpowers!”
Which side character is Goyer’s favourite? “The Tattoo Man is in there which seemed like a no brainer if you’re doing a movie about a super prison — having a character with super tattoos,” Goyer said. “Amanda Waller’s in there as well from the Suicide Squad. Those are probably the two I like the most, after Green Arrow.”
I really hope that this does eventually see the light of day as I think it would be a great film. Who doesn’t love an escape movie.
Okay, now what super villains would you like to see held in the Super Max and, more importantly, who could play Green Arrow?
The new Batman: Arkham Asylum video game is out and so far reviews are saying it plays as good as it looks. Kevin Conroy voices Batman and Mark Hamill is back as the Joker. That got me thinking – what actor has done the best job at playing the Bat?