Gender and race, two topics that are brought up nearly everyday in pop culture. These topics have caused various arguments and have caused comic book writers to make drastic changes to character lore. Marvel created a new Ms Marvel in the form of Kamala Khan, a 14 year old Pakistani-American. This was met with critical acclaim and more writers followed suit. Amadeus Cho, a young Asian-American was introduced as the new Hulk and DC Comics created the characters of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz to take up the mantle of Green Lantern. Now it's Mark Millars turn, as the Scottish comic book writer has announced that he will relaunch Kick-Ass with a black female protagonist.
Millar, who launched Marvels Ultimate universe, has revealed that he will relaunch Kick-Ass and it's spin off Hit-Girl - who will get a 2016 relaunch - by replacing the character of Dave Lewinski with a black female protagonist.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on his decision, Millar said;
“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.”
Millar isn't wrong. When you look at superhero teams such as the Avengers or Justice League, especially their film adaptations, their current rosters consist of mostly white males. Marvel, however, have diversified the Avengers over the past year, with Sam Wilson becoming the leader of the Avengers as the new Captain America.
Millar then followed up his statement by saying;
"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. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass.”
Without revealing any story details or characters, Mark Millar has definitely got me hooked on his new Kick-Ass. Following up on his previous statement, I really can't wait to see what story the new comic will follow. Marvel had a Hugo Award Winning series with the previously mentioned Ms Marvel series, so it will be interesting to see what Millar will do with his new Kick-Ass series.
Millar also revealed that the story will take place in a new city and will feature a new cast of characters. He has also told THR that he saw Kick-Ass as more of a persona rather than a person;
“Kick-Ass is like James Bond or Doctor Who, where with a new face and a new situation and it suddenly feels very exciting... 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.”
A rather interesting approach to the character of Kick-Ass, and one that creates endless possibilities. One has to wonder if this will factor into the film series? Will Universal take advantage of the latest development and turn Kick-Ass into a shared universe like Marvel and DC? It would be interesting to see the new Kick-Ass(es) adapted onto the big screen, but I want to see Kick-Ass 3 and get some closure on Dave and his armoured battle suit before we get a new Kick-Ass on screen!