Where to file this one – Comics Column? Film Column?
Mark Millar has been seeping little dribbles of info again, and while he was ostensibly talking about the Kick Ass comic book sequel, Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, there are giveaways that he actually had his mind on the eventual movie adaptation.
Here’s the best of what he said, some of it familiar, some of it not:
I always had this planned as three volumes, and each is a sequel. It’s not like a regular comic where it’s issue nine, ten and eleven. It’sKick-Ass 2, Issue 1 sort of thing. It’s just starting where we left off last time.
Through success [Kick-Ass has] inspired other people, and what the heroes do is form gangs. It’s a bunch of people in masks looking at each other’s Facebooks and going out and fighting each other. Like a massive fight in Time Square with hundreds of superheroes and hundreds of supervillains, and the police trying to break it all up.
The first one was all about becoming a hero. And the second one really is about becoming a villain… you’ve got Red Mist who’s become like Alex in Clockwork Orange. So he’s a bit Heath Ledger’s Joker, a bit of all the bad guys I’ve ever loved in movies. So yeah I suppose it is darker, but I think a big part of Kick-Ass is the jokes, so it’s still funny.
Hit Girl, of course, is back. At the end of the last movie she promised her step-father she wouldn’t kill people anymore, she’s just a kid. So I like the idea of doing a Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, you know where the gunslinger hasn’t picked up a gun in 20 years, but doing that with a 12 year old girl. She’s watching Glee and all that – she’d rather be out there fighting crime.
it really doesn’t take much to get Millar spilling, but kudos to Total Film for getting him in the room in the first place. And for remembering to press record.
There’s a lot more to the full interview, and the magazine also talked with John Romita Jr.
For now, I think we’ll store this in the… comics column?