John Romita Talks KICK-ASS 2 And Weighs In On THE AVENGERS Vs. THE DARK KNIGHT Debate

Talking about his involvement with Jeff Wadlow's big screen adaptation of Kick-Ass 2 and how much of the Hit-Girl series will make it into the film, co-creator John Romita Jr. also weighs in on whether The Avengers or The Dark Knight is better.

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By Josh Wilding - 8/5/2012
In a lengthy interview with The Geek Files, Marvel artist and Kick-Ass co-creator John Romita Jr. has talked in detail about Jeff Wadlow's upcoming big screen adaptation of Kick-Ass 2. When the first movie went into production, the comic book was unfinished (hence some of the differences in the last act of Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman's screenplay) but now the second volume is on sale and we're two issues into Hit-Girl. He also goes on to share his thoughts on The Avengers and The Dark Knight - turns out that he's yet to see Christopher Nolan's final film in the franchise - revealing why Marvel's take on their characters is far more to his liking. Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of the page in order to read the interview in full.


On His Involvement With The Big Screen Adaptation Of Kick-Ass 2:

As far as my involvement goes, it's pretty much getting as many books done as soon as possible before filming begins. I have the third, fourth and fifth issue of [the Kick-Ass spin-off miniseries] Hit-Girl to get finished this summer, which is doable, and I think that's my addition to the filming process. As far as adding anything while the filming's going on, that's probably up to the director, Jeff Wadlow. There was talk of another animated clip in the film but that was early on and who knows if he's changed his mind or not or what the budget constraints will be. So to this point, for me it's 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.


On How Much Of The Film Will Consist Of The New Hit-Girl Series:

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 [in allowing 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.


On How He Feels About Joss Whedon's Marvel's The Avengers:

I think this Avengers film is as good as it gets. The guys that worked on it were comic people. And that's important, to have that innate feeling about comics, the comedy, the looseness of the dialogue and the strength of the characters, the strength of the images, they're indeed comic book people. We've seen movies that haven't been done successfully because they weren't done by comic book people per se. A lot of young directors, producers and writers have a history of reading comics. You have to. And now especially from here on in since the two are so joined now, film and comics, they are paralleled and are taking from each other. I think comics has always relied on film, artists and writers had to refer to films of their youth. I know I did. I think now it's both ways, filmmakers have read comics. Screenwriters are in the comic industry or some see their screenplays become graphic novels. This is the way it's supposed to be and I think it works well, the Avengers movie works well as a typical joining of the two.


On How He Feels About Christopher Nolan's Take On The Batman Franchise:

To be honest with you, I didn't like the Dark Knight. There are a couple of things that ruined the whole movie for me. As a film it was done beautifully, it was visually amazing. I just thought there were some things in there that just... first of all I hate the Joker, I just don't like the character. So, the fact that this character has no power at all, he just has control over all of these minions that can do his dirty work - though we only see a handful of them - I was amazed that he could do everything that he could do. That's just a story point I don't care about. Then of course having a gun in the courtroom in the beginning, that drove me crazy, ruined the whole movie for me. But beside that, I think you have a point. There's a gigantic budget and they're spectacular movies to watch and even the acting was amazing. But there is something missing. Dark Knight was a huge financial success but I just didn't care for it and I don't think people cared for it as much as they cared for the Avengers. So I'm a fan of comic movies just not a fan of the Dark Knight movies though I am sure the new one [The Dark Knight Rises] is spectacular and what Christopher Nolan can do goes without saying. As far as the story being as good as the Avengers, I doubt it. But I'm a little bit biased. [Laughs]


Source: The Geek Files
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JordanKing - 8/5/2012, 2:55 PM
Oh this should be good..
RABB1T - 8/5/2012, 3:01 PM
Both films were spectacular in their own ways, but his opinions will cause a shit storm, like the folks above have stated.
DarkGrifter - 8/5/2012, 3:06 PM
I disagree, but getting annoyed over it will solve nothing, he's entitled to his opinion as much as I am.
AnditsOn1 - 8/5/2012, 3:08 PM
The dark knight is a good movie to watch but far from great or anything like that. People who wanted it to be something more used chance of Joker's actor's death to have made a quite splash out of this movie which didn't deserve so much praise after all. Batman begins earned much less money than one of the most negatively received comic book moives---superman returns. Nolan's batman franchise is only a fantasy superhero movie under the facade of a so-called real, grounded world. There is no difference between nolan's batman movies and all the other superhero movies in essence. People should stop overreacting over this movie franchise now that it's finally done.
toco89 - 8/5/2012, 3:08 PM
The Joker has no power like mob bosses, politicians and cult leaders have no power. It's their influence, regardless of the reason or method, that they have over people. Wether they use fear, love, necessity, coercion, black mail, deception or just simply outsmarting them, it is POWER.

Romita just made a fool of himself by strict definition of the word.

Kingdork - 8/5/2012, 3:17 PM
Let the games begin!
DaenerysTargaryen - 8/5/2012, 3:20 PM
The marvel vs dc battle that is gunna happen on this article is gunna be awesome *gets popcorn ready*
Anthrax - 8/5/2012, 3:20 PM
@tea lmfao
Anthrax - 8/5/2012, 3:20 PM
shits about to go down about a 10 page worth argument
Jayman109 - 8/5/2012, 3:23 PM
He is entitled to his opinion. Although I do not agree with it, I do respect it.
LAWLZY96 - 8/5/2012, 3:23 PM
...he doesn't like the Joker and thinks Avengers has a better story...
toco89 - 8/5/2012, 3:23 PM
Avenger's barely had a plot. If they could have just stuck all the actors in the movie with no lines and a bunch of special effects they would have.

And as far as a mobster getting a gun in a courtroom, seriously Romita?

Seems like he needs to lay off the fantasy stories for a few weeks and get his head together. There aren't any force fields in real life that are put into courthouses, but there are guards you can pay off or coerce.
marvel72 - 8/5/2012, 3:23 PM
i prefer the avengers to the dark knight but the dark knight is still a good movie,don't understand the hate for the joker,definetly batman's best villain.

the avengers 4/5
the dark knight 4/5

romita is gonna get a ton of shit for this......

NOLANITES ASSEMBLE!
billytwohats - 8/5/2012, 3:25 PM
That dude knows a hell of a lot more about comics than I do but it seemed quite juvenile to say I don't like the joker has no powers! I think I had a similar argument when I was five.
G3n3r4lzZoD9 - 8/5/2012, 3:25 PM
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

AVENGERS STORY IS BETTER?
and he doesn´t like the joker character?
AgentDelta - 8/5/2012, 3:26 PM
JatevinM - 8/5/2012, 3:26 PM
Yep not reading this comment section because I already know its going to turn into a war zone
G3n3r4lzZoD9 - 8/5/2012, 3:31 PM
I don´t even believe the avengers had a plot(exageration but you get whta I was saying)
MatchesMalone1989 - 8/5/2012, 3:31 PM
Stan Lee is the only guy at Marvel I can hear talk about DC. Why? because he knows and respects good stories when he see's them. Romita just sounds like he has a lot of pride for his house. I mean how many times does Ra's Al Ghul have to say that the city is so corrupt that he managed to infiltrate every level of it's infrastructure. If he could do that. Maroni could get a gun into the courtroom. Anyway. his opinion is respected but it sounds like pride to me.
TheBartmanrises - 8/5/2012, 3:31 PM
Both movies are great i think tdkr was a lil better and wtf he hates the joker??? hes one of batmans best villians wow
maxxgone - 8/5/2012, 3:31 PM
"I don't think people cared for it (TDK) as much as they cared for the Avengers"

everyone is entitled to their opinion. but to blatantly dismiss facts, and say that people don't care for TDK as much as they do the avengers...man this guy is pretty clueless and in ignorance of the world around him. just laugh outloud inept.

wether you liked the movie or not, people just worshiped the dark knight. 4 years later and people cannot stop talking about what an achievement it is. how he can ignore that shows serious idiocy.
elcaballerooscuro92 - 8/5/2012, 3:32 PM
go [frick] yourself romita, you're so overrated
pud333 - 8/5/2012, 3:33 PM
I loved both movies.
Alex909 - 8/5/2012, 3:34 PM
I don't like The Dark Knight but I have to say his reasoning is a little odd. That gun in the courtroom scene, I don't see how that could ruin the whole film. Not liking the Joker, that can ruin the entire movie due to Joker actually being in the entire movie.
MatchesMalone1989 - 8/5/2012, 3:36 PM
@tea

I have pride for Ass
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AgentDelta - 8/5/2012, 3:37 PM
@Teabag Bianca Beauchamp! A man with taste I see!
Alex909 - 8/5/2012, 3:37 PM
And to note, he does say the movies are done beautifully and are amazing to watch and prior to watching it, he's sure The Dark Knight Rises will be spectacular. Let's not ignore the fact he gave the films some praise and not just focus on the negative aspects of the comments.
spidey1994 - 8/5/2012, 3:37 PM
He's the first person I've seen to say he hates The Joker.
Hewillrises0609 - 8/5/2012, 3:38 PM
This guy is a joke ...really you don't like the joker ...lol whaooo
maxxgone - 8/5/2012, 3:38 PM
and by the way...he can't buy a guy sneaking a gun into court...but a 10 year old girl can slaughter gobs of mobsters?! and monsters from space are believable, and so are monsters from earth, and so are gods with hammers and ah well, you get my point.

love his art though, and i'm ok with just enjoying what he draws, and laughing at what he says.
JoeMomma29 - 8/5/2012, 3:38 PM
LOL awww lets see the Avengerlites and Nolanites battle it out!!!
spidey1994 - 8/5/2012, 3:39 PM
@tea You hate Venom and Carnage? DAMN YOU!!!!! ;)
JoeMomma29 - 8/5/2012, 3:40 PM
LOL @ maxxgone you made a valid point there
HeadPool420 - 8/5/2012, 3:41 PM
The man has worked for Marvel forever, so of course he's gonna say The Avengers was better. He's paid to do so. It's all politics.
CaptainAmerica31 - 8/5/2012, 3:41 PM
GET YOUR POPCORN READY BOYS!
HULK2099 - 8/5/2012, 3:43 PM
I agree with everything he said, Avengers way better than batman. But kick-ass 2 should just focus in on the kick-ass 2 comics and not touch hit-girl series, save that for if she get her own movie
SuperSpiderMan5778 - 8/5/2012, 3:44 PM
all i have to say is my penis your mouth.....AVENGERS... BEST CBM EVER!!!
AstroZombie - 8/5/2012, 3:46 PM
Yet he's promoting Kick Ass, where two of it's characters rip off Batman & Robin and nobody has any super powers.
Jamesx51 - 8/5/2012, 3:47 PM
I like this guy haha! I'm 100% marvel... Never liked DC! All the characters I could never relate too
MatchesMalone1989 - 8/5/2012, 3:47 PM
@Eko

You think you can handle that?
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