John Romita, Jr. Talks ‘Kick-Ass’ Animation

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:09 pm,

Few upcoming comic book movies are as widely anticipated as Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass. After fans got their first look at the film at Comic-Con, it only took a few weeks before Lionsgate picked it up for distribution, and now we know that it will be released April 16, 2010. A pretty quick turnaround for a self-financed movie about wannabe teenage superheroes and foul-mouthed prepubescent assassins, don’t you think?

The phenomenal buzz surrounding Kick-Ass comes in no small part from the creative talents of the comic’s creators, Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. As such, it’s no surprise that director Matthew Vaughn decided to work closely with both Millar and Romita throughout the production. In fact, Romita even produced his own animated sequence for the film. Now, thanks to MTV, we know exactly what it will be about.

In an exclusive interview, Romita explained that the animated sequence would show the origin of Nicolas Cage’s character, Big Daddy. (FYI – Romita’s quotes might be considered minor spoilers)

“The animated sequence is about a minute, minute and a half…There’s a comic book that Nicolas Cage’s character has drawn as a shrine to his victims…It’s basically an origin of him. [Big Daddy's] partner will come in when Nicolas Cage is carted off to prison. He comes in, opens the book up and it morphs into Nicolas Cage’s origin.”

According to MTV, the scene should be nearly identical to a similar sequence in the comic (if you’re a big fan of the comic, I’d love to hear more about this scene in the comments).

I have a feeling that, with its unique mix of humor and violence, Kick-Ass will be one of the surprise hits of 2010, even with its “R” rating. What do you think? Are you excited to see Romita, Jr.’s artwork on the big screen?

Kick-Ass will hit theaters on April 16th, 2010.

Source: MTV

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  1. Romita JR. is my favorite comic book artist, ever since Peter Parker Spiderman series in early nineties. Can’t wait for this film!

  2. Basically it goes… Once upon a time there was a good cop in a bad city and all the bad guys hated him because they couldn’t pay him off. So they killed his wife and tried to kill him, but he escaped with his little baby and plotted his revenge. Kick Ass responds with “ex-cop? I knew he would be something cool. This guy was frank f***ing castle.

    Then the scene is an origin of big daddy and hit girl and is sequenced straight from hit girls diary. Basically shows big daddy training hit girl. Starting with showing her how it feels to get shot by shooting her so she “won’t be scared when some scrawny junkie a-hole pulls a forty-five.” Obviously she has on a Kevlar vest. It goes on to show how they always move around and how big daddy has this big case that she doesn’t know what’s in it but it pays for everything. She talks about how when other girls wanted barbies and new clothes she was asking Santa for a m-16. They show her laying waste to some mobsters while big daddy watches from the next building with a sniper rifle quizzing her on stuff the entire fight.

    Basically the whole sequence explains how they’re both bad asses.

  3. Yeah, a surprise hit huh? I heard similar talk about another controversial not so mainstream comic that got rated R. I wonder how that turned out? (In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m referring to watchmen)

  4. @Jes

    I think the two are separate animals. Watchmen had a HUGE budget and was EXPECTED to make it all back and then some. Kick-ass does not have that budget size thus a HUGE monetary pay-day is not needed to be a surprise hit. JMO

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