Kick-Ass Artist John Romita Jr on Kick-Ass 2 Movie

Kick-Ass artist and co-creator John Romita Jr has been telling The Geek Files about his involvement with the Kick-Ass 2 movie, and how the comics tie in the big screen story:

“There was talk of another animated clip in the film but that was early on and who knows if [director Jeff Wadlow] has changed his mind or not or what the budget constraints will be. So to this point, for me [my involvement is] having the second Kick-Ass series done and now getting the Hit-Girl series done before they begin filming. So I need to get three issues done – 60 pages –before filming starts, which I was told would be this September…”

He goes on to explain, “As far as I know, the Hit-Girl comic is actually the beginning of the film. Kick-Ass 2 is the second half of the film. It’s an interesting thing that occurred. The filming got pushed back due to contracts and the actors not being ready, so it worked out well that way, allowing me more time to get the comics finished. So as soon as Mark Millar and Jeff Wadlow had discussed what they wanted to do, we got to the point where the Hit-Girl story would be the beginning of the film. Now it’s just up to me to get things done as quickly as possible. The director has Mark’s synopsis already with pretty good detail – not a script per se, but a detailed synopsis so he knows what’s going to happen. There’s a screenplay already, so having the series done far enough in advance for the director to use some of it, all of it, none of it… but for him to have a choice, is the ultimate goal and I’m just going to try and get the Hit-Girl series done as soon as possible.”