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‘Kick-Ass’ Comic Reboots With Black, Female Lead

A black, female lead will be taking over the reigns of the independent ‘Kick-Ass’ comic book from writer Mark Millar and illustrator John Romita Jr.

“Millar, the comics author whose works have been adapted into hit movies such as Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service, is relaunching his breakthrough franchise Kick-Ass and its spin-off Hit-Girl with the former getting a very 2016 update.

This time, instead of Kick-Ass being a story of a nerdy teen named Dave Lizewski who becomes a real-life superhero, the new comic does a 180-degree turn with the introduction of the new character who is female and black.” [READ MORE]

Millar explained, “Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture. 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.”

Kick-Ass has already spawned two movie adaptations, but there is not yet any word if this version will also be a movie.