‘Kick-Ass 2′ Gets the Green Light to Kick Box-Office Butt

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

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For several months we’ve heard numerous reports that Kick-Ass 2 would start filming next year with an eye on a 2012 release date. Still, many Kick-Ass fans questioned whether director Matthew Vaughn, who is currently hard at work on X-Men: First Class, would be able to stick to a 2012 release for the Kick-Ass sequel.

Today, we’re getting semi-official confirmation that Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall has been greenlit – with production scheduled to ramp up next summer.

According to AICN, creator Mark Millar spoke to UK station Radio 5 and confirmed that, due to strong Kick-Ass DVD sales, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall has an official green light. The film is expected to closely follow the plot of Millar’s upcoming Kick-Ass comic book sequel, which picks up right after the events of the previous installment.

Millar recently spoke to MTV and discussed the direction of the sequel:

“’Kick-Ass 2′ follows immediately after ‘Kick-Ass’. You see how Dave has inspired people to become amateur superheroes, Red Mist has inspired people in the sequel to become amateur supervillains. So what we have is two rival gangs of super characters getting together in New York.”

Regarding the timeframe for the Kick-Ass sequel, Millar wasn’t as forthcoming with MTV as he was on Radio 5, though he did confirm that production was on track:

“We’re probably about nine months away from production starting, at the earliest, because Matthew [Vaughn]’s got to do ‘X-Men: First Class. Matthew just wants to get ‘X-Men’ done next year then hopefully we’ll just go straight into ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ that’s the plan.”

If Millar’s timeframe stays the course, and Kick-Ass 2 production starts next summer, the filmmakers should have little problem making the proposed 2012 release.

On a related note, Millar commented on the necessity for a quick turnaround – so that the cast doesn’t outgrow their parts. Certainly, we’re used to twenty-somethings playing high schoolers but if there’s one highlight from the first Kick-Ass film, it’s Chloe Moretz’s incredible performance as the trash talking, villain slaying, Hit Girl. Considering that the sequel picks up right where the previous film left off, it’d be especially hard to explain a suddenly not-so 10-year-old looking Hit Girl – and let’s face it, part of the character’s appeal comes from the juxtaposition of her innocence against her excessive brutality.

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It’ll be interesting to see how Kick-Ass 2 fits into a post-The Avengers Hollywood landscape – since the Marvel superhero mashup arrives early in the 2012 summer movie season (May 4th). Superhero films are certainly still a draw but how will we all feel two years from now, after a parade of superhero film-fare including Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Green Lantern, Batman 3, as well as Kick-Ass director, Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, have all been shown on the silver screen? After all, it hasn’t even been a month since Vaughn, himself, said that we’ve “crossed the Rubicon with superhero films.”

However, one thing that made Kick-Ass such a terrific superhero film was its blatant rejection of normal superhero cliches. So, if there’s one film that could refresh our palates, following a deluge of comic book adaptations, it’s probably Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.

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  1. I really can’t wait for 2012. Batman 3, The Man of Steel, Godzilla reboot, The Avengers, Star Trek 2 (tentativly), Fantastic Four reboot (possibly), Green Lantern 2 (again possibly), and now Kick-Ass 2 may be coming out then.

    • dont forget about spider-man reboot

      • I’m not really all that much interested in the Spider-man reboot. The only reason I’m a bit interested is b/c I love Spider-man, but I also don’t like the idea of an early reboot, and the direction it looks to be going.

    • Nothing tentative about Star Trek 2 Matt its got a confirmed release date of july 2012

  2. Ahhh yes. Mr. Vaughn, do us proud.

  3. pumped

  4. Great news 2012 is gonna be a great year can’t wait. I’m gonna be broke come 2012

  5. Ah, I don’t know, they killed off Big Daddy, and he was much cooler than Ass Kick, uh, I mean Kick Ass… lol

    • i wanna see what type of nerdy villian McLovin makes in the sequel

      • Well, I know Mark Millar is making the character change his name from Red Mist to Motherf**ker.

  6. @ Daniel f

    You think you gone be broke? I’m getting married that year!!! It is gonna be a good movie year though.

  7. I thought Kick-Ass quit being a hero at the end of the movie?

    • Well, it’s kind of like in Spider-man 2 when Peter quit being Spider-man, something will happen for Dave to have to become Kick-ass again.

      Miller previewed the first eight pages of the new comic, and it has Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl training. I’m guessing they still do work, but in secret.

  8. How wierd must it be going from a tween X-boys to Men film then right into Kick Ass2,?

    “You’ll make a fine student”, vs “Ok what do you c__ts got?”


    • get a new director so we dont have to wait

  9. I agree. I liked the movie better than the comic. When I was watching the movie my friend and I kept saying how much we liked the changes.

  10. Wow the epicness of 2011 and 2012 just keep pilling up all into these years!

  11. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! cannot wait Kick-Ass in is my top 3 comic book movies and i loved every second of that movie, i cannot wait till miller releases the new Graphic Novel. And to Anthony no diss brother but id wait till 2014 if it means Vaughn is directing he’s the man and i think it was his vision to make the changes needed to make that movie work as well as it did, besides do we really want to roll the dice on who the studio would replace Vaughn with.

  12. Kick-Ass may have underwhelmed a bit at the domestic box office – although, really, $50 million bucks probably seems like a fortune for a hard-R movie where little kids get shot. Luckily, it’s seemed to have made quite a bit more money on home video – up to $150 million when all is said and done.