‘Kick-Ass’ Pushes For Racial, Gender Diversity By Introducing African-American Hero Under The Mask

By Diane Samson | 2 years ago
‘Kick-Ass’ Pushes For Racial, Gender Diversity By Introducing African-American Hero Under The Mask
PHOTOGRAPH: Facebook/Kick-Ass | Aaron Johnson as “Kick-Ass.”

Mark Miller’s “Kick-Ass” is back, and this time, there is a new hero behind the green and yellow mask. In a new monthly series, Dave Lizewski is hanging up his costume in order to make way for a new comic book hero.

First revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Miller will relaunch the popular franchise, “Kick-Ass” with a new lead. The comics creator did not reveal the character or plot details, but he shared that the new series will be set in a different city. A new group of supporting cast will also be introduced.

Miller’s works have previously been adapted to the big screen. The “Kick-Ass” franchise gave birth to two successful movies with Aaron Johnson as the titular hero. There was also a plan to produce a solo “Hit-Girl” movie, but nothing has been made official. Chloe Grace Moretz told Digital Spy that she does not think that there will be more movies from the franchise in the future. The popular comic book author was also the mind behind “Wanted” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

“Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture.” Miller explained. “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 haven’t been tried in almost eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on ‘Kick-Ass’.”

Moreover, this will not be the first and last change coming to the franchise. The comic book creator plans to change the person behind the iconic green and yellow suit every four volumes. “[L]ike ‘James Bond’ or ‘Doctor Who‘ where with a new face and a new situation it suddenly feels very exciting.”

The new volume of “Kick-Ass” begins in January 2017.

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Diane Samson is a graduate of Literature. In her spare time, she loves to watch movies and television shows. She joined MNG in February 2016.