When Matthew Vaughn's superhero satire Kick-Ass debuted in theaters, the film was praised for its irreverent take on the genre as well as its sharp humor, Vaughn's slick direction and a host of memorable characters. However, chief among the film's high points was the breakout character of Hit-Girl, as portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz.
The young crimefighter was explored in even more depth in Kick-Ass 2, and coupled with the popularity of Kick-Ass creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s spinoff comic centered on the character, rumors have persisted that Moretz could reprise the role in her own film. However, perhaps due to the tepid critical and box office performance Kick-Ass 2 (read our review), such a project - or even Kick-Ass 3 - has yet to move forward.
That hasn't stopped Millar - whose work has also inspired hit films like Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service (both of which have sequels in some stage of development) - from sharing his thoughts on what the future could hold for Hit-Girl. In fact, JoBlo recently caught up with Millar and asked what he has in mind for the character. Here's what he had to say:
"I love the idea of there being Hit-Girl movies. It has to be the right story though. We have a crazy idea for it, and every now and then I think, 'Is this too crazy?' Because it's kind of insane. Would the world accept this? It makes Kick-Ass look like Finding Nemo. Matthew and I have chatted about it in the pub, and it's fine in the pub, but when we're being interviewed two years later, is it going to be terrifying? So I don't know. It seems a fun thing though. It's funny because Hit-Girl was slightly pre-dated by about a year, before those kick-ass action heroine characters like The Hunger Games and Hanna and those kinds of things came along. And now I feel is a great time for her. So it could be really interesting."
In the wake of a character as compelling as Mad Max: Fury Road's Imperator Furiosa, it's hard to argue with Millar's point that, from a business perspective, there is no better time for strong female action heroes. Still, films based on his material already have a reputation for stirring up controversy. By the sounds of it, his proposed Hit-Girl film would only take that further. It's up for debate whether or not his dark humor crosses into bad taste, but there's a risk that Millar's "insane" plans for the character could alienate moviegoers who have already cooled on the Kick-Ass franchise.
In the age of shared universes, there could be potential to develop the world of Kick-Ass into something more. However, with the series' big-screen future on the line, it's unlikely that Lionsgate (or other studios, for that matter) would back a solo adventure for the foul-mouthed, ultraviolent teenage hero, especially when Millar himself has admitted that a third Kick-Ass film may not even happen.
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