|First appearance||Kick-Ass #3 (July 2008)|
|Created by||Mark Millar
John Romita, Jr.
|Portrayed by||Chloë Grace Moretz|
|Family||Damon McCready/Big Daddy (father, deceased)
Unnamed mother (film, deceased)
Hit-Girl (real name Mindy McCready) is a fictional character appearing in the Kick-Ass series, published by Marvel Comics under the company's imprint Icon Comics. The character was created by artist John Romita, Jr. and writer Mark Millar. She is a young but effective vigilante, trained by her father Damon McCready (a.k.a. Big Daddy) from an early age to be a costumed superhero and assassin. In Kick-Ass, she is introduced as a supporting character. She featured in her own self-titled comic book series, Hit-Girl, which was first published on 27 June 2012. She is portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz in the feature film adaptations Kick-Ass and Kick Ass 2.
In the Hit-Girl comic, Hit-Girl takes on Kick-Ass as her crime-fighting partner, training him and using him to hunt criminals with her. She also gets him to teach her how to be a normal kid, and get along with other girls somewhat older than herself.
Jane Goldman, one of the two co-writers of the first film's script, said, "We just really wanted Hit-Girl to be a character who, in a sense, simply happens to be an eleven-year-old girl, in the same way that Ripley in Alien could have been a guy but the part happened to be played by Sigourney Weaver." Goldman said that Mindy "is genuinely dangerous, she's genuinely mad. It's not her fault: she's been raised in this environment where she doesn't know anything different. She's unwittingly part of a folie a deux." When asked if Hit-Girl could be considered a feminist heroine, Goldman said "Yeah... she's a feminist hero by token of the fact that she pays no attention to gender stereotypes. I think she also doesn't want special treatment because she's a girl." Romita compared how Big Daddy raised Hit-Girl to how parents of juvenile professional athletes raise their children. Romita added "They become unconscious athletes, almost to a fault. They become hardened. It kind of works the same way. If you treat someone so intensely, ... why couldn't they? I don't believe the 'unbelievable' part."
In the summer of 2008, Chloë Grace Moretz saw posters of Angelina Jolie in the film Wanted, in Los Angeles, prompting her to ask for a role that she described as "an Angelina Jolie-type character" and "like an action hero, woman empowerment, awesome, take-charge leading role." One month later, she was offered the role of Mindy McCready / Hit-Girl. Matthew Vaughn, commenting on the maturity of Moretz, said that because she has four older brothers, she was no stranger to much of the language in the script. Her mother read the script and permitted her to use the profanity in the movie. Moretz said that it was entertaining to illustrate the differences between Mindy and her superheroine identity "for me, 'cause it's almost like an alternate personality." Lewis Wallace of Wired said that Mindy "gets all the good lines, capping every Tarantino-scale bloodletting with a foul-mouthed joke." Christopher Mintz-Plasse, the actor who portrays Red Mist, said that "[Kick-Ass and Red Mist] don't have any of the action in the movie. It's all Hit-Girl." Vaughn said that Hit-Girl is a part of "the ultimate father-daughter relationship, where Barbie dolls are replaced with knives, and unicorns become hand grenades." To prepare for her role, Moretz took months of training in learning how to handle guns and to use butterfly knives and swords. Moretz stated that the shooting of the action scenes was arduous. Goldman said that the aspect of the film adaptation that excited her the most was adapting Hit-Girl's storyline to the film. Millar said he expected the character to receive mostly negative reception, "But the movie was so well made, I think, that people were quietly charmed by her for the most part. The only really negative thing we saw came from Roger Ebert and others from his generation who were upset, but there were those especially here in the [United Kingdom] [who] went crazy for her." Millar added he and Vaughn "were quite surprised about that. We were expecting the worst, that people were going to say she was amoral and we [in turn] were going to get killed for her. But it was much more of a case where people were positive about Hit-Girl even saying she was empowering female character."
In January 2010, an uncensored preview clip of the film was attacked by family advocacy groups for its display of violence and use of the line "Okay you cunts, let's see what you can do now," delivered by Chloë Grace Moretz, who was eleven years old at the time of filming. Australian Family Association spokesman John Morrissey claimed that "the language [was] offensive and the values inappropriate; without the saving grace of the bloodless victory of traditional superheroes". Several critics, including Roger Ebert and the Daily Mail's Christopher Tookey, accused the film of glorifying violence, particularly violence by young children, while Tookey (among other critics such as Tim Robey) also claimed Hit-Girl was overtly sexualized. Tookey said that Hit Girl was "made to look as seductive as possible". Tookey's view on Hit-Girl was strongly criticised, with many commentators—including Andrew Collins, the film editor of Radio Times—wondering why he had found the character sexualised and with many others sending abusive messages.
In response to the controversy, Moretz stated in an interview, "If I ever uttered one word that I said in Kick-Ass, I would be grounded for years! I'd be stuck in my room until I was 20! I would never in a million years say that. I'm an average, everyday girl." Moretz has said that while filming, she could not bring herself to say the film's title out loud in interviews, instead calling it "the film" in public and "Kick-Butt" at home. Christopher Mintz-Plasse expressed surprise that people were angry about the language, but did not seem to be offended that Hit-Girl kills many people.
Skills and abilities
Hit-Girl has been trained to take a bullet (shown with a bulletproof vest on), as well as in hand-to-hand combat and fighting with both blunt and bladed weapons. She has also been taught about guns, inventors of guns, and even action movies and action movie stars. The nature of Hit-Girl's training has made her particularly brutal and remorseless in combat. Her physicality and skill set are, with the possible exception of Mother Russia, virtually unmatched by any character since Big Daddy's demise, and is individually the most powerful and skilled character in the Kick-Ass universe.
Mindy has a very hardened, almost nihilist personality, as she is desensitized to blood, violence, and death. She often adopts a sarcastic demeanor towards Kick-Ass, curses regularly and makes crude jokes. Despite her emotionally hardened nature in costume, she has a very fun, warm and loving personality towards her father, Damon. Mindy has an interest in Hello Kitty, comics, Clint Eastwood and John Woo movies. Mindy is considerably more mature than her age would suggest, as she has proven herself to be more focused and level headed than her crime-fighting counterpart, Kick-Ass. This is apparent in both the comic, and film versions of the series. For example, when Kick-Ass tells her that her father was just murdered, she responds by saying: "Finish the job, mourn later." However, when Johnny G is finally dead, she turns to Kick-Ass and asks him for a hug, covered in tears and blood.
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Moretz: I would love to. I can't say anything about [the ending], but I would love to be Hit-Girl twice, three times, four times in my life.
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People are so angry at Chloe [Grace Moretz] for saying bad language but she murders a ton of people and no one seems to be offended by that.(registration required)
- Hit-Girl Responds To The Outrage Against Her Teenage Ultra-Violence at io9
- The Politics of Hit Girl at Womenandhollywood.com
- Meet Hit Girl: The Coolest (And Most Controversial) Superhero of the Year at Moviefone
- Getting Away With Hit Girl: How Kick-Ass Lets You Root For An Adolescent Killer at Cinema Blend