So, remember a while back when Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz said that Kick-Ass 3 wouldn’t happen, thanks to pirates? Well, it appears that Matthew Vaughn, director of the first Kick-Ass movie, may not necessarily agree with that train of thought. While Kick-Ass was almost universally appreciated and enjoyed, its 2013 sequel was…less than loved. Many fans of the first film and of the source material were disappointed with many aspects of the sequel but if Vaughn gets his way, those wrongs may be made right with a prequel flick that would focus on Moretz’s character, Hit-Girl, and just how she became the badass that she is. (more…)
Plenty of movies flop every year and many of them are sequels to movies that were adored by fans but just couldn’t recapture the magic of the previous entry. Case in point: Kick-Ass 2. The first entry in the franchise grossed over $96mil worldwide when it was released back in 2010 but last year’s sequel made less than $61mil on a comparable budget. What went wrong? If you believe Chloë Grace Moretz, it was pirates. (more…)
I loved the first ‘Kick-Ass,’ but found it exceptionally violent. It’s a pretty brutal and honest display of how it would really go down for a schmoe playing vigilante in the real world. When the sequel rolled around, we saw a more polished and experienced fighter at the point, which was a relief not having to see the hero get beat up as often. There was a funky Justice League vs. Legion Of Doom thing happening that appealed to me despite the sudden air of implausibility the movie took on. Unlike the first film, nobody would call this one a “success,” and one has to wonder if there’s even a call for a part 3. In the comic, the trilogy is wrapped. Do the creators of this universe have any secrets to tell about on-screen closure? (more…)
With Jeff Wadlow‘s Kick-Ass 2 hitting theaters in just under a month, Universal has released four new TV spots to remind people just how there they are. And and all the others are all there, that’s for sure.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots.
Kick-Ass 2 is almost here and personally, I’m just about wetting my pants for this one. And since the movie is ready to grace the big screen and bring us some more ass-kicking action, the actors have been chatting about their roles. In a recent interview with Movie Magic, none-other-than Hit-Girl herself, Chloe Grace Moretz had a few things to say about what to expect from the older, wiser and more capable version of Hit-Girl that will we see in the sequel.
“The obvious difference is that I’m older now, and the difference between 11 and 15, which is how old I was when we finished, is that you’re a different person, obviously. You’re calculating more ideas, you’re experiencing more things in your own life, you’re not just living through other people’s eyes, you’re making your own decisions. So I was able to step into the sequel knowing that after the first movie I was able to have such an amazing career. I’ve been able to do such amazing, emotionally stretching things that I didn’t just want to do a role like the first one. The first one was great for an 11-year-old, but now I’m older and I want to try something I can sink my teeth into. What Jeff and I really wanted to improve was the real heart of it, because I wanted to show that this girl didn’t have a father anymore and how much that affected her. She’s really confused and going through the self-torture of, ‘Am I killing people because this is what I was raised to believe was a good thing, or am I just murdering people?’ I wanted to show this inner pain and struggle, and the fact that she’s lost her only family, her father. I wanted to show this darker side to her, and I also wanted to make the action a little bit different. So we basically scrapped the guns. I do use guns a little bit in the movie, but we basically do hand-to-hand combat and it’s just a lot more hands-on.”
If what Moretz has to say is spot-on, it looks like there may be more to Kick-Ass 2 than just a bunch of punching, kicking and bullets flying. Alas, we shall still have to wait another month before we get to see it for ourselves.
Check out Kick-Ass 2 when it hit theaters on August 16th.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.
Update: Huh? The clip seems to have been removed. Sorry ’bout that. We’ll update ASAP.
Update #2: Complain on Twitter and dreams will come true. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Many thanks to @Donnehh for this YouTube version.
You’ll watch this clip, and then, right when it starts gettin’ good, it’ll cut. Agh! The frustration of these teases! Still, it’s an excellent clip of what’s to come in Kick-Ass 2, releasing on June 28th. Honestly, it gave me goosebumps. The final showdown between the forces of good, led by Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), against the forces of evil, led by The Mother F%&*^r – yeah, ’cause that’s not a pain in the ass to type – (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), is going to be epic! Give it a watch,
Right?! I want to see those two square off so badly! And the fight between Kick-Ass and The Mother F%&*^r will be pathetically awesome, I can’t wait. This sequel is directed by Jeff Wadlow, and from the looks of this clip, I think fans of the first Kick-Ass as well as the comics will be quite happy. What do you guys think?
Empire Magazine‘s latest issue is out in France and there’s some new production stills from some of the most anticipated movies of 2013 inside. We however have decided to bring you these scans instead, because that’s all anyone can get a hold of at the moment.
First up is Zack Snyder‘s Man Of Steel, which graces the cover and two stills below. I have to admit that the new super suit is starting to grow on me. Henry Cavill looks pretty bad ass in the picture above.
We get a nice look at Russell Crowe as Superman’s biological father Jor-El in what looks like some kind of galactic conference room, perhaps they are discussing the fate of Michael Shannon as General Zod pictured below.
Next we move on to Mark Millar and Johnny Romita Jr‘s Kick Ass 2. Here’s a scan of Col Stars and Stripes (Jim Carey) and Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) giving each other some superhero love in a manly, chest beating manner.
The next scan is Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl. Too bad the scan cut out the text beside it.
The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman is looking good. Until we get that first trailer though we’re going to have to settle for the few production stills that are trickling out. Check out Logan all dressed up and ready to party. I did a double take when I saw he was wearing a tie. I can’t imagine Wolverine wearing a tie and really can’t remember a time in the comics where he did. Can any of you?
Next we get “Stomping mad” Logan, doesn’t he look pissed below? I wouldn’t want to be the one he’s walking toward with that look on his face. I’d most likely lose all control of my bowels.
Last, but not least is a scan of Thor: The Dark World. There’s not much to see, but we do get a nice look at Chris Hemsworth in full Thor costume.
Kick-Ass 2, the film, won’t release until June of next year and is currently filming in London, but Kick-Ass 2 the comic has been out for some time and the prequel series, Hit-Girl, will have its fifth and final issue release on November 21st. Those books are providing the basis for Jeff Wadlow‘s film and as Mark Millar recently told Comic Book Resources we can expect the flick to be, “basically Hit-Girl for 45 minutes and then an hour of Kick-Ass 2.”
Aw yeah, bring on more of that fiesty, ass-kicking, bone-breakin’ little girl. Having already read Kick-Ass 2 and almost all of Hit-Girl, I can tell you she’s the highlight and Chloe Moretz is going to have so much fun bringing her newest adventures to the screen. And while I understand this statement doesn’t necessarily mean Hit-Girl has more screen time than anyone else, as Millar clarified in this tweet, I am excited for her to play a larger role than she did in Kick-Ass. Isn’t that what everyone wanted when they walked out of the theatre? More Hit-Girl?
Comic Book Movie kindly rounded up all Millar’s responses about the upcoming Kick-Ass 2, read on for more,
On His Role As A Producer:
My sense of it all as a producer and writer takes place before we even start shooting. Casting is very important, as is finding a screenwriter who could impress Matthew [Vaughn] and all of us. And Jeff is pretty amazing. So all of that took about six months leading up to shooting, and now I can just relax. I go to the set and watch what they’re doing and then hang out in the edit suite to see how it’s shaping up for five months of post with a brilliant editor named Eddie Hamilton. So really for me, it’s just fun to see all that stuff that a few years ago was in your head. It feels kind of like ‘Being John Malkovitch’ – like this stuff should still be contained up there.
On Some Of The Highlights From His Recent Visits To The Kick-Ass 2 Set:
To give an example, the set designer has built the Justice Forever headquarters for the super team that Kick-Ass joins. He’s made the whole thing with such detail that there’s a part based on one line I’ve got in the comic where Russell is making a schedule, and he worked out a whole schedule of which of the heroes would be available when. It’s hanging up on a piece of paper in the kitchen of the headquarters along with a list of whole likes cream and sugar in their coffee. It’s just all these tiny, tiny details you might not see in the film. They’re just in the background. John Romita was almost crying walking around the set! It looked just like his panels coming to life in front of him. It’s quite an emotional thing as crazy as that sounds.
On His Plans To Take A Souvenir From The Set Of The Movie:
I’m going to steal something. Every time I go to see one of the sets of one of my films, I’ve said, ‘I’d like to get something off the set’ but then I never do. You realize that people are just stealing stuff when they break down. Don’t ask, just take it! Some of the stuff is too big to get out, so I’m just stealing small stuff and shoving it in my pocket.
You can read the entire article and interview with CBR here.
What are you most looking forward to from Kick-Ass 2? Dave’s continuing journey as a hero? The introduction of new characters like the team Justice Forever or Mother Russia? Just more of Hit-Girl mercilessly destroying dudes who deserve it? Yeah, definitely more of that.
Yancy Butler has signed on to reprise her role as the mother of the villainous Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Walls. She is, quite literally, a bad ass mother.
Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz are returning to play Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. The fresh meat include Donald Faison and John Lequizamo as well as director Jeff Wadlow.
Apparently they start filming in Toronto next month and will also be shooting in New York. I may see if I can go check out that set. Or just be a fan creeper. Whatever works.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The little bitch is back, as the series’ tagline says. In a series all her own, Hit-Girl takes places between the events of Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, which is nice because even if you’re some slacker who’s only seen the movie, you’ll be able to follow along. Of course, I wouldn’t let little Mindy McCready know you haven’t read Kick-Ass. She’d call you a cunt and stab you through the groin. Hmm, y’know what, how about you just save yourself the grief and read Kick-Ass.
Anyway, here we’ve got a six page preview courtesy of Comic Book Resources. In addition to the preview pages there are also a few variant covers. My favorite is Mindy seated on her own Iron Throne (seen above), and I would kill to own a copy. If you happen to run into me a comic book store, and you have this special variant cover and I don’t, prepare to duel to the death. Which do you like best?
Hit-Girl spins off into her own blood-soaked series by the sales-busting creative team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. This story takes place between Kick-Ass volumes 1 and 2 as Mindy McCready tries to settle into life as a regular school-girl, but wants nothing more to be dispensing hot justice to the scum of New York City. Her mother and step-father think she’s doing her homework, but in reality she’s taken Kick-Ass on as her sidekick and training him up to punch, shoot and stab… just like Daddy would have wanted. A limited edition variant by Leandro Fernandez will be released for this issue.
Hit-Girl #1 hits a comic shop near you June 27th.