kick-ass is back, with a black woman as the hero

The series used to be about a geeky white teenage boy. Now, it's getting a major update with a brand new heroine.

by i-D Staff
23 June 2016, 7:06am

Comic-book artist Mark Millar is rebooting the series that made him famous with a refreshing update: a black female hero. The original protagonist was Dave Lizewski, a dorky teenage boy who decides to fight crime for real. In the popular film adaptation, Aaron Johnson played Kick Ass, and Chloë Grace Moretz handled his sorta-sidekick Hit-Girl.

That narrative got boring for Millar: "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," he told THR.

"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," Millar continued. "This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass."

Basically, he's going for a James Bond/Doctor Who style setup. The character remains the same, but he's getting a really different person to flesh put the role. We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but if there's ever a film adaptation of this one on the cards, may we suggest Amandla Stenberg?


Image courtesy of Mark Millar

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