Announcing Putin’s induction into the Valiant Universe to New York Daily News, Kindt said, “You can’t have Russia taking over the world without their leader being involved.”
A follow-up to last year’s “Divinity,” the sequel series sees Putin manipulating a ’60-era cosmonaut — who has returned to Earth with superpowers — into rebuilding Russia as a new Soviet empire.
“I don’t think you could have an all-powerful Russian cosmonaut roaming the Earth without Putin having something to say about it,” Kindt said.
He added, “I did a massive amount of research on Putin, but I kept his dialogue to a minimum. I think it’s a tricky thing to put words into an acting leader’s mouth.”
Kindt noted that Putin’s role in the series will be important, but not too overpowering: “So while Putin plays a critical role in motivating the characters and driving the story, I think he’s more cooking with spices…If you use him too much, he’ll overpower (the taste). And we can’t let him do that.”
“Divinity II” #1 hits stands on April 20.
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