Listen: 'Kick-Ass' Co-Creator John Romita Jr. Talks Sequels, Surprises and the Brilliance of Jim Carrey
John Romita Jr. is an icon in the comic book realm, a legendary artist whose credits over the course of his esteemed tenure have included stints on books like The Avengers, The Uncanny X-Men and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Recently, however, Romita’s name has been linked to an offbeat comic he co-created with Mark Millar, and Hollywood’s successfully edgy adaptation of said materials.
Romita and Millar birthed Kick-Ass, the well-intentioned by unprepared costumed teenager personified by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the surprise hit of 2010. Romita and Millar’s grungy comic environments were a welcome antidote to the big-studio superhero efforts of hr recent past, and the movie connected with audiences who prefer darker humor in their bone-crunching vigilante storytelling.
The duo is back later this summer for Kick-Ass 2, passing the torch to new director Jeff Wadlow while also reuniting Johnson with winning cast mates Chloe Grace Moretz (as Hit Girl) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (as a villain whose name we can’t really publish on this site).
In preparation for Kick-Ass 2, we were given the opportunity to record a podcast with Romita Jr., where we talked openly the reception of the first Kick-Ass movie, why he thinks Wadlow is the right director for the sequel, the contributions of comedic genius Jim Carrey to the role of Colonel Stars and Stripes, and the state of comic book movies, in general. It was a great conversation, which you can hear in its entirety below.
We have high hopes for Kick-Ass 2, which blends multiple graphic novel storylines into what looks like an irreverent, colorful and unforgettable superhero thriller. The movie hits theaters on Aug. 16. Look closely and you might even spot Romita Jr. in the background of a scene. He’ll be in the costume shown in the exclusive pictures below! Are you ready for the spectacular return of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl?
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.