Mark Millar Writing an African-American Woman as the New Kick-Ass
Mark Millar is raising the stakes once more by revealing a new Kick Ass project with a big twist. It’s no longer Dave Lizewski in the mask but a new character; an unrevealed black woman.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Millar reveals small tidbits about his projects that are will be released in January 2017.
He confirms that the first Kick-Ass will no longer be Kick-Ass with the mantle being handed to the girl, whom he never identifies. He states:
Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture,” Millar said. “I don’t think many blonde white guys around 30 feel under-represented when they pick up 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 eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass
He also admits that he sees his co-creation as a sort of James Bond figure where every once in a while they chance whoever’s playing the role to keep things fresh and interesting.
Kick-Ass is like James Bond or Doctor Who, where with a new face and a new situation and it suddenly feels very exciting,” Millar said. “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.
Also do take note that the title will be done by the creators themselves (Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.) up until the first story arc. The succeeding stories will then be scripted by former Wolverine writer Daniel Way and various artists.
Hit Girl is also set to return and judging from the artwork shared via THR, it looks like she’s all grown up.
But if you’ve read the other Kick-Ass titles, you’ll know that she’s only changed physically. She still kills and she’s still a potty-mouth and still sticks to her own brand of justice. Which is cool and would be twice better if they bring back Chloe Grace Moretz to play her if they opt for a new, solo movie.
Millar would be writing the story together with artist Rafael Albuquerque.
Expect both Kick-Ass and Hit Girl to come out January of 2017.