Well before Wanted packed out cinemas around the world, I was reading screenwriter Mark Millar‘s writing run on Swamp Thing. Though I haven’t been religious in following this writer’s work, I have quite a lot of Millar’s comics and graphic novels in my home collection, including The Ultimates. He’d probably make the short list of my favorite comic book writers, which currently include Ed Brubaker and Warren Ellis.
With the film adaptation of his comic Kick-Ass coming to the screen this weekend (view the trailer) a friend from across the pond sent me this short audio interview clip at premier.org.uk where Millar is asked about why his work is often quite violent. It’s less than a minute, check it out.
Although Millar answers the question, he also manages to squeeze in the primacy of the Bible and the center of the Christian faith as the crucifixion and resurrection. Needless to say, I now have a few more reasons to see this film… and buy the comic… and check out Millar’s upcoming work about the Anti-Christ and the Second Coming, American Jesus.
UPDATE: it seems the website pulled the audio clip (possibly due to the film’s controvery?) but I did discover a link to an article about Millar and the film that again reference that he is a “lay preacher”. Wild. Warning: much like the film, the article contains STRONG language.
**SECOND UPDATE: the full morning interview with Millar and others is now up HERE .