It’s been a decade since Mark Millar and John Romita JR. created the Epic KICK-ASS. It’s spawned two films and two series of comics. Well, Millar decided ten years has been good enough to reboot the comic and character. This time around Kick-Ass will be an African American single mother named Patience Lee.
Mark Millar wasted no time in taking to Twitter to reveal who he’d like to take on the role if the reboot gets a film, Valkyrie herself Tessa Thompson.
In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, they interviewed Millar and asked about the character and her origin:
The big difference is that she’s immensely capable. I have a lot of fun playing with this in the story because Dave Lizewski was a good-hearted, ordinary loser who came home every night with broken ribs or a black eye and wasn’t especially well-trained. He just had good intentions. Patience is completely different in that she’s just back from Afghanistan and finds her life in a very unusual situation, one in which it makes sense for her to suddenly be dressing up in a green wetsuit and carrying a couple of sticks at night. Their personalities are just completely different, and being in her 30s and a mother gives the whole thing a completely different edge too. This is a military vet as opposed to a bored schoolboy, and she feels more in keeping with the more capable hero archetype of this decade. The ’70s lead was a man in touch with his feelings, the ’80s leads were hard-bodied and one-dimensional, the ’90s leads were animated funnymen, and the noughties leads were nerds. Dave Lizewski perfectly encapsulated the Tobey Maguire/Jesse Eisenberg era of leading men, but Patience is the very capable grownup we admire and want to be in this decade. I hadn’t even realized it until I’d written it, as these things are very subconscious, but the nerdy Dave just feels wrong for now, and the very effective, meticulous Patience just feels right. It would be boring seeing a teenage superhero just screwing up again. Seeing someone who’s really good at this and wearing that costume is actually really exciting and gives the comic a really different flavor, especially where we go with it.
Kick-Ass drops February 14th.
Check out these exclusive images from EW.COM