Kick-Ass was one of the more interesting comic book films, so it was a little underwhelming when the sequel didn’t turn out as good, likely due the absence of director Matthew Vaughn.
However, the comic is coming back as creator Mark Millar has announced via The Hollywood Reporter that the titular character will be replaced with a new character taking on the mantle. This new character just happens to be an unnamed black woman, which is a nice change-up.
“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 hasn’t been tried in almost eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass.”
Millar invoked Bond with recasting the role with other characters.
“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.”
I’m slightly curious if this angle has more to do with getting more Kick-Ass films made, after Kick-Ass 2 bombing and there seemingly little interest in making Kick-Ass 3 or that potential Hit Girl movie. We know that Millar only makes comics to pitch to studios as feature films, so a move like this might have more to do with getting a third movie made.
Personally, I’d love to see Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira in the role if they did attempt another film.