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Mark Millar Explains Kick-Ass 2

Wondering where Kick-Ass in its second outing? Mark Millar has been spilling beans, and for those of you who thought he might give up quoting other movies in his plots… Sorry.

Millar eagerly explained to Movieweb that the sequel to Kick-Ass is really more about the true breakout character from the original:

We left things off with [Hit Girl] being adopted by this extremely nice man. He is a cop. And she has to stop killing people, you know? That seems like an interesting starting point in the next one in regards to her character. She is going to be like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, where she hasn’t picked up a gun in years. It’s that type of thing. I like the idea of doing that with an eleven year old girl.

And if Hit-Girl was a… well, hit, how will audiences react to evil Hit Girl?:

[Red Mist] is a guy who has had his entire family killed by Hit Girl. He heads off and develops his martial arts skills. He learns how to become a better villain. That type of thing. He is going to come back and wreck unholy vengeance on our team. But in reality, he just comes back and gets stoned, and he spends a lot of money. He can’t do anything, so he hires this bad ass girl from Russia, she comes into the story, and her plan is to kill Hit Girl. Red Mist becomes like Charles Manson. He goes on-line and influences a bunch of young villains to go against Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The whole thing ends up as a big gang fight like you’d see in The Warriors.

So it’s superhero Unforgiven meets The Warriors with a teenage Charles Manson somewhere in there…? Worryingly enough, this sounds like it’ll be a massive hit…


  • Squashua

    It's “wreak”, not “wreck” (or reek or reak, for that matter).

  • Bryymiller

    Won't a sequel kind of, you know, defeat the meaning behind the book?

    Oh wait, I forgot. We're living in the times of Unhealthy Fanboyism.

  • The Dragon

    ACTUALLY no.
    The first book was a trade of all the issues of Kick-Ass and not even all of the issues were out until the middle of filming Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass 2 just published their first issue, so im guessing itll have the same effect.

  • Paul

    I guess they can't leave bad enough alone.

  • Madmike

    Ya know, I just fucking hate when they let shittards ( Almost every writer today) fuck up characters like Batman or Spider-man, but this stuff sings to me. Writers should feel free to do whatever perverse deconstuctionist bullshit they want with characters of their own, and treat established characters with more respect.
    I dug the hell out of “Kick Ass” , and the sequel idea sounds good.

  • VanGoghX

    I wholly agree. Millar comes up with entertaining material. The first series was fun stuff. Unfortunately the movie had some good stuff and some really rotten stuff. A jet-pack? Seriously? Anyone who's ever seen anything on jet-packs knows these things don't fly for more than 30 seconds. The story is jokingly supposed to take place in a real world and the comic follows this format pretty well.
    Looking forward to series 2!

  • Durkadenk

    Sounds like pastiche.

  • Doug

    Hey, how about the movie has no plot then has a bunch of empty big surprises and at the end the hero says 'I quit' and the stories credibility is officially shot.

    Yeah, I'm bitter.

  • DP

    I don't think that's Bryymiller's point. The original series was (allegedly) about how being a superhero in the “real” world is both psychologically and physically unhealthy and could cripple you or even kill you. The movie, OTOH, was about “wow, this looks cool.” I think Bryymiller is suggesting that *maybe* Millar's high-minded explanations for the first series was just an excuse to show “cool” mayhem.

  • Ashley Jensen

    Kick-Ass is almost out on DVD and Blu-Ray!! August 3rd wooo!!!!! Already pre-ordered mine on

  • mumbles

    Love the idea of a big gang fight ala The Warriors! Red Mist wearing that weird goalie mask thing didn't exactly seem too convincing for a Villain, so I think this is a good deal!

  • JTMaxwell

    “Worryingly”? only if you worry over things being awesome. ;) my only worry is that i decided to start picking up my Icon books in trade, so i have to wait months to read this!

  • The Dragon

    yeah… i dont think thats what he was implying. But who am i to say? I guess no one will ever know. Unless Bryymiller explains.

  • Bassmonster

    The question always remains: how do you top-over the over-the-top achievement?
    Yeah, bring in the Russian girl from Novosibirsk, paid by a stoned mafioso orphan with money to burn.
    At least Millar's comics world is [I pray it remains that way] the world where deceased remain dead who don't return as Soviet villains, amnesiac clones or biological versions of a destroyed doppleganger android.
    Still — I'd prefer both Kick Ass serials to be a figment of a sick comicbook artist's imagination coming to life and…

    Ok, I'll stop. Enough is enough.

  • DP

    How else would you interpret “unhealthy fanboyism?”

  • Arcticfan47

    Mark Millar is Scottish, so it's wreck for him, wreak to us Yanks.