Spurred, we may presume, by a tagline for Mark Millar’s next project — “What if Batman was The Joker?” — someone has created a Twitter account to have a little fun with the writer’s approach to high-concept pitches.
Millar began teasing the creator-owned miniseries, Nemesis, in late October before finally revealing the details on Friday at Comic Book Resources: The Marvel/Icon comic, with Civil War and “Old Man Logan” collaborator Steve McNiven, centers on a billionaire genius who uses his attributes to unleash anarchy rather than to fight crime.
“What if this genius billionaire was just this total shit, and the only thing that stood between him and a city was the cops?” Millar told CBR. “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.”
In the interview, Millar related a comment made to him by Marvel President Dan Buckley: “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.”
Plenty of comic-book fans are excited for another violent capes-and-tights series in the vein of Millar’s creator-owned Wanted and Kick-Ass. Others, however, point out that we’ve seen the concept before, in characters like DC Comics’ Owlman — an alternate-Earth counterpart to Batman — or in the Kira/L dynamic of Death Note.
That was followed by comments like “What if, like, a dumb and calm strong dude was transformed by radiation into a smart, skinny angry dude?” and “What if instead of KILLING KILLERS, the Punisher RAPED RAPISTS?”
Yeah, you get the idea. Oh, come on, even the most devoted Millar fans can get a chuckle out of this one.