THE NEW “KICK-ASS” CAN ACTUALLY KICK ASS
KICK-ASS REBOOT SEES A BLACK WOMAN TAKE UP THE MANTLE
Kick-Ass falls under the Scott Pilgrim series when it comes to niche scenarios involving human interactions between heroes and regular people (regardless of superpowers). The major human element in Kick-Ass is the power of feeling useful as wimpy teenager Dave Lizewski decided to don a costume and become his own hero, albeit entering a world he was severely under-prepared for.
With Netflix acquiring most of Mark Millar’s works (except for Kick-Ass), Millar has decided to reboot the character with a more relate-able protagonist. Meet the new Kick-Ass: Patience Lee. Patience is a single black mother of two children living in New Mexico. Not only is that a stark contrast to a wimpy, white teenager, but Patience is a military vet who has seen war up close; making her better equipped to handle crime than Dave Lizewski. Granted while having two children to fight for is a great and noble cause, PTSD from war can be a terrible handicap.
Millar thought to change the perspective of how heroes are portrayed and went all-in on this reboot. If Spider-Man and Captain America can be black, with Black Panther being a great force in the Marvel universe, then why can’t Kick-Ass be black as well. Millar’s hope is to adapt this reboot into a TV series and is looking at Tessa Thompson to play the lead. Thompson herself reached out to Millar with interest to take the role. While a TV series is up for speculation, the first issue of Kick-Ass starring Patience Lee is out now.