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.

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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