Writer Mark Millar is relaunching his popular superhero Kick-Ass as a black girl… at least in comic book form. Whether a film adaptation will also follow isn’t known at this time.
The original Kick-Ass is geeky white teenager Dave Lizewski, whose love of comic books inspires him to become a real-life superhero.
The comic became a film of the same name, released in 2010, starring Aaron Johnson in the title role. It was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who co-produced with Brad Pitt. A sequel, written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and produced by Vaughn, was released in August 2013, with Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloë Grace Moretz reprising their roles.
The modestly budgeted first film was both a critical and commercial smash; the second performed well, but wasn’t quite the hit that the first movie was.
“Comics [are] not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture,” Millar tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t think many blond white guys around 30 feel under-represented when they pick up a comic or watch a movie. Being older or younger or female or African American just seems more interesting to me as a writer, because this character is quite unique and opens up story possibilities that haven’t been tried in almost 80 years of superhero fiction.”
And with that, Kick-Ass is now a black girl… at least for now. As Millar says, “Every four volumes or so, I want a different person in the mask. Sometimes it might even only last a single volume or even a single issue.”
The upcoming series, drawn by co-creator John Romita Jr, will also be set in a new city, with a new supporting cast, according to the author.
“I really just missed Kick-Ass,” said the Scottish writer of his return to the character. “It’s fun to write and after all the fantasy and space opera and vast-budget superheroes, it’s actually been amazing to get into something grounded again.”
No ETA yet, so stay tuned…