*Comic book author Mark Millar is shaking things up with his Kick-Ass franchise.
Previously, Kick-Ass followed a nerdy teen named Dave Lizewski who becomes a real-life superhero. But Millar, whose comics have been adapted into such films as “Wanted” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” has decided to relaunch Kick-Ass and its spin-off Hit-Girl with the introduction of a new character who is female and black.
“Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for,” Millar tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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 kept silent on plot details, but said the story was set in a different city with a new supporting cast joining the new lead. He also said he saw the title as featuring a legacy character, where the person in the suit matters less than the story being told.
“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.”
Kick-Ass will be drawn by its co-creator John Romita Jr. who has committed to work on the book for three years, according to Millar. Hit-Girl will be drawn by Rafael Albuquerque. Millar will write the first story arc and then Daniel Way, best known for his work on Marvel comics starring Wolverine and Deadpool, will take over as the regular author.
Both books are expected to launch in January.