I was all ready to ignore Kick-Ass
. To just let it slip past my radar and fade into obscurity like Lions Gate's Frank Miller's Will Eisner's The Spirit
. I don't see the point of willfully subjecting myself to things that I know I will only find repugnant. But then The Independent
's interview with Mark Millar
flipped my nerdrage switch. And then, I watched the trailers, and now... here I am.
Now I know what Kick-Ass
is about, other than, you know, violence. Just as I suspected, it is not an original concept, but to my surprise it is
an interesting one. The idea of the realistic superhero, with or without powers, has been tackled over and over again. Watchmen
, The Authority
, Top 10
, Batman Begins
, the X-Men
and more have all attempted, in some way, to bring the superhero down to earth.
In a way, this makes me more angry. I'd much rather Millar take a dumb concept and make a bad movie, than watch him take an idea I am honestly intellectually and creatively interested in and make a hash of it.
Anyway, here's the first bit that got me: Millar says "There's never been a superhero comic set in the real world."