Mark Millar has been one of the biggest names in comics for years, but it wasn't until the movie adaptation of his book Wanted became an international hit that he crossed over to the mainstream. His second movie adaptation, Kick-Ass, hits next month, and it's already riding a wave of positive buzz, helped, in part, by the recent release of Millar's on-set diary, Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie, which documents the comic's path from page to screen. We talked with Millar by phone to find out what to expect.
Q: So, is it true that the Kick-Ass comic came about because you wanted to make more original movies but had no material to work with?
A: There's an element of truth to that, actually. The producers said to me, "Okay, this film's just made $341 million. We want to do another film with you." And I said, "I don't have anything else, really, you know?" And it was quite stupid of me, from a monetary point of view, not to do that. Also from the creative point of view, because I really like the idea of bringing something to the table. I love working with Marvel and DC, but you're playing with other people's toys, really. So the idea of doing what Stan Lee did back in the sixties -- creating a new wave of characters -- no one seemed to be doing that. So that inspired me, in a sense, to go off and create whole new franchises, and Kick-Ass was the next one out.
Q: How well do you think the transition from comic book to movie was handled?
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