Mark Millar On KICK-ASS 3, DREDD And THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Kick-Ass 2 hasn't hit theaters yet but comic book creator Mark Millar is already talking about the third film. Plus, his thoughts on Dredd and The Dark Knight Rises. He reveals an interesting tidbit about a planned trilogy for Judge Dredd that sadly may not come to pass.

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By Mark Julian - 2/1/2013



On Kick-Ass 3.
Millar: “Yeah absolutely. Kick-Ass 3 is going to be the last one though. I told Universal this and they asked me, ‘What does that mean?’ I said, ‘It means that this is where it all ends.’ They said, ‘Do they all die at the end?’ I said, ‘Maybe’ – because this is a realistic superhero story. And if someone doesn’t have a bullet proof vest like Superman and doesn’t have Batman’s millions then eventually he is going turn around the wrong corner and get his head kicked in or get shot in the face [laughs]. So Kick-Ass needs to reflect that. There has to be something dramatic at the end, he cannot do this for the rest of his life.”

On Dredd.
Millar: “Alex Garland is a gigantic Dredd fan and I know there was originally a plan to make three Dredd films. The plan was to do a second one and then a really ambitious third movie. And the film itself… Yeah, I really enjoyed it. I saw it when it came out in the UK and by that time I knew it had not been a success in the US and I remember thinking it would probably find its audience on DVD, which it has. It was not hugely expensive either; I think it only cost $30 million so if it makes $60 million on DVD that’s pretty good. I hope we see a sequel. I know that the guys who made that film were really passionate about it. I loved Olivia Thirlby and Karl Urban, who did a great job of channeling Eastwood. The only thing that let it down was the direction – it was a wee bit TV movie – and Lena Headey wasn’t a great baddie either. But it was still great and I felt it deserved to be a bigger hit than it was.”

On The Dark Knight Rises.
Millar: “I know there are different opinions on that movie. I thought it was interesting that when The Dark Knight came out it was just after the financial crash and you had this mass joblessness all over the Western world. I thought, ‘It is going to be quite hard to do a film about a billionaire hero who lives in a gigantic mansion and goes out to beat up poor people every night.’ Just think about it – Bruce Wayne is the guy who is firing people, he is not really one of us [laughs]. But to their credit they really tackled it in that movie. It was very, very timely: it was a tale of two cities and I thought it was on the side of the poor guys. When they were raiding the mansions and throwing people out on the street – and even at the end Bruce Wayne gave away his fortune. I thought Bane was the most compelling out of all the villains – right from the start I thought, ‘this guy is great.’ I thought the only thing that let it down a bit was the action: Nolan should go to movie jail for the Bane vs Catwoman thing at the end. But the rest of the movie was so brilliant that you could easily forgive him. I liked it better than The Avengers.”

What's pretty interesting here is the talk of a planned Judge Dredd trilogy. Millar got his start at 2000 A.D. so he just may be in the know concerning the intended film plans. Recently, there was news of Dredd doing extremely well on home video but there hasn't been a financial assessment of the purported numbers. We should have a clearer picture on the Dredd sequel prospects sometime later this year.

Also, what Millar says about a third Kick-Ass film should clue you in to the ultimate fate of Dave Lizewski, right?

Overall, a great interview from the staff at SFX. You can support them by ordering the latest issue of the magazine by clicking HERE. Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters Jun 28th 2013. Dredd and The Dark Knight Rises are available on various home video formats right now.

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rebellion - 2/1/2013, 1:03 PM
this guy talks too much
Jollem - 2/1/2013, 1:04 PM
dredd trilogy should happen. i thought lena headey was good

millar wrote for judge dredd when he was 19

what do you got?
TonyChu - 2/1/2013, 1:06 PM
I would love to see a continuation of the Dreed series with Karl Urban. But if not he would make a great Batman, his role as Judge Dreed just felt like an audition tape for Batman.
ManofSteel22 - 2/1/2013, 1:10 PM
I prefered Avengers,it was fun,were as dark knight was more like a big drama that had some guy dressed as batman for about 5 mins throughout the film,and some villian that had the stupid idea of blowing gotham up with him in it :S
DrDoom - 2/1/2013, 1:10 PM
LOL.

I'd like to see this site get through a week without posting a Millar article. Seriously. This [frick]er never shuts up.
codydriscollsrightarm - 2/1/2013, 1:14 PM
"I liked it better than The Avengers.”

Oh, snap.
Pheezmatic - 2/1/2013, 1:14 PM
@rebellion i agree...this guy acts like his opinion is so grandiose.I really hope with al this talk of other peoples movies that the movies that he's overlooking come out amazing...especially that fan4 reboot cuz if it sucks or it doesnt have galactus, doom, and silver surfer all in it, im calling for his head and all of fox. THEYR LIKE TERRORISTS THE WAY THEYR HOLDING MARVELS PROPERTIES HOSTAGE...sickens me
MrReese - 2/1/2013, 1:16 PM
"Nolan should go to movie jail for the Bane vs Catwoman thing at the end." LMAO SO true still a good ending 2 the trilogy so yea I can overlook it.
SpoonWielder - 2/1/2013, 1:16 PM
Why do people feel the need to say, " I liked it better than the Avengers." I mean no one asked him to compare the two. It's like people can't help but bring the other one up in conversation, when one is mentioned. Why do you have to like one or the other? The two movies have completely different tone. It's only because they're comic book movies that they're compared. But interestingly enough he didn't compare Dredd to it. It's people like Millar that keep the flame war going.
NorseGod - 2/1/2013, 1:17 PM
Dredd was awesome! It totally should become a solid film franchise!
codydriscollsrightarm - 2/1/2013, 1:17 PM
@SpoonWielder which movie do you like better?
PapaMidnite - 2/1/2013, 1:18 PM
He praised Nolan and TDKR!!! His head on a stake NOW! :P
KeefNCookies - 2/1/2013, 1:19 PM
I want more Dredd. But the studio really needs to market MUCH better!
Jollem - 2/1/2013, 1:20 PM
i like the fact that millar actually speaks on projects. it's nice to get insight rather than having people make assumptions all the time
Spideyguy94 - 2/1/2013, 1:24 PM
When will mark millar stop talking? I love the ultimates 1&2, but he talks out of his ass all the time.
Ocelot - 2/1/2013, 1:26 PM
does this guy ever stop talking, can he not even go a week without having something to say
SpoonWielder - 2/1/2013, 1:27 PM
@Codydriscollrightarm
Well I like them both for different reasons, but I won't pretend either didn't have problems.
But since you asked, I like Avengers better. I could watch that movie, then as soon as it's over watch it again. But I'm probably a little bias 'cause I love the Marvel Universe and I love being immersed in it, and the Avengers is a culmination of that.

I felt the Dark Knight Rises had a bit too many plot holes to overlook. And to be completely honest I wasn't as excited to see it as I was the Avengers.

But that's my solicited opinion, and if you disagree that's cool, people have different opinions. I'm not gonna shove my opinion down your throat, just my humility and self-righteousness. ;)
Kjo0212 - 2/1/2013, 1:29 PM
Yes no one asked him to compare but look at what everyone does on this site anything about dc all the marvel fans talk about the avengers and anything marvel related all the dc fans bring up why tdk trilo was the greatest .... Personally I'm glad we got 2 great cbm from last year and will get a few more this year!
marcvader1 - 2/1/2013, 1:32 PM
Millar has one of those punchable faces.
Jollem - 2/1/2013, 1:33 PM
if mark just talked about what he had for lunch all the time then i wouldn't really care for that. but he's talking about cbms and projects. that's interesting to me
Jollem - 2/1/2013, 1:37 PM
i liked tdkr better than the avengers. i thought the avengers was good. nothing wrong with that, i think
staypuffed - 2/1/2013, 1:37 PM
I'm [frick]ing sick of people saying The Dark Knight Rises is overrrated and shit.
Put it this way - was The Dark Knight Rises worse than Batman and Robin?
If you truly think that Joel Schumacher could make a better film than Christopher Nolan then I think there are quite a few screws loose.
Kjo0212 - 2/1/2013, 1:37 PM
@im53 I'm with you!
SpideyQuad - 2/1/2013, 1:41 PM
He better worry how ppl like his whole Fox thing before he looks to burn a few bridges and is sent to movie jail.
marvel72 - 2/1/2013, 1:41 PM
dredd was better than the dark knight rises,the dark knight rises was better than the amazing spider-man & the avengers was better than all of them.
Kevinwillpeabodyproperties - 2/1/2013, 1:42 PM
Wtf is this third Ambitious dredd film??? Crossover ????

Pleeeeeeeeeease watch it on deman folks it's nasty.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/1/2013, 1:44 PM
I liked it better than The Avengers.

Looks like we have a Nolanite.
jimoakley666 - 2/1/2013, 1:47 PM
I look forward to a possible DREDD sequel.
Canon108 - 2/1/2013, 1:47 PM
Kind of ironic about his comments concerning Kic-Ass being realistic and the concern of him turning the wrong corner and getting shot, stabbed, or beat to death...then to hear him complain about Catwoman doing something that happens all the time...which is a criminal being shot before they hurt someone. Bane turned the wrong corner and got himself killed, lol
Canon108 - 2/1/2013, 1:54 PM
But they were the best comicbook movies ever made...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/1/2013, 1:55 PM
SUPERMAN2013
Just some guy who dressed as Batman??? I think you mean Bruce Wayne is Batman... Batman is in the film film for 40 minutes. How is Gotham blowing up a stupid idea? And if you don't like drama, you are going to be upset when man of steel comes out.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/1/2013, 1:57 PM
all the people saying "this guy talks too much" are mad because he said he like Rises over Avengers.
marvel54 - 2/1/2013, 1:57 PM
TDKR is the most overrrated filmed of all time
Taboggon - 2/1/2013, 1:58 PM
there was nothing realistic about Kick-Ass lol
TheSensationalSpiderman - 2/1/2013, 2:04 PM
You guys seriously can't let go this whole vs thing can you? You seriously have nothing better to do with you're lifes than starting flame wars over the internet.
Maximus101 - 2/1/2013, 2:30 PM
He liked it better than the avengers, best thing said in the whole interview.
Superheromovies2000 - 2/1/2013, 2:31 PM
Yo people are mad because he likes TDKR or Avengers LMAO... If he said the opposite then people would want him to keep talking lol...
Maximus101 - 2/1/2013, 2:32 PM
@marvel72 sorry bro mostly just marvelites think that the avengers was better, the rest of the world thinks otherwise.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/1/2013, 2:34 PM
2008 is still the best comic book movie year.
Iron Man was better than Avengers
TDK was better than TDKR
Hellboy 2 was better than Dredd
Punisher Warzone was better than Ghost Rider 2
The only exception is Amazing Spider-man was better than Incredible Hulk.
ComicBookSon - 2/1/2013, 2:37 PM
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