Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn’s cinematic adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s subversive Kick-Ass comic book turned controversy into $ucce$$, ensuring a followup would eventually be made. That sequel has former up-and-comers turned stars Aaron Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz returning as the no-longer deluded masked vigilante Kick-Ass and under-age Hit-Girl, respectively.
Kick-Ass 2 also includes new cast additions Donald Faison (Scrubs) and (faded?) comedy superstar Jim Carrey, among others . We have the first image showing a meeting between Johnson and Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes, following set photos leaked last fall that offer a blurry tease of Carrey in costume.
Vaughn handed over Kick-Ass sequel co-writing and directing duties to Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down), in order to work on X-Men: Days of Future Past; ironically, that didn’t pan out and resulted in Bryan Singer taking over for Vaughn on the First Class sequel. That might – or might not – prove to be a blessing in disguise, seeing how Wadlow’s speciality is the collision of street violence and adolescence; not to mention, as a director he lacks Vaughn’s (the storyteller) smarminess, allowing the sequel a better chance of avoiding the occasionally-uneven mixture of juvenile superhero fantasy satire and celebration in Vaughn’s movie (in my humble opinion, of course).
In fact, casting Carrey reads as an smart move, to ensure Kick-Ass 2 manages to be both a morally-responsible and entertaining take on its often-deranged source material. Over the past decade, Carrey’s done excellent work playing either serious (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) or bitingly comical and complex characters (I Love You Phillip Morris); even in the kitschy The Number 23, he was quite solid. Colonel Stars and Stripes (see below) is another chip off that block, to put it mildly, and Carrey’s a great choice to make the man seem funny, threatening, admirable and pathetic all at once.
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Here is a relevant excerpt from the Kick-Ass 2 synopsis:
With no one left to turn to, [Kick-Ass] joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.
The “world’s first super villain” refers to Chris D’Amico (formerly, with the alias Red Mist), with Christopher Mintze-Plasse back handling the role. In addition, McLovin has offered assurances that, no, Kick-Ass 2 won’t feature a gang rape sequence or similar elements from the source comic that, arguably, trace back to little more than a desire to create shocking pop culture (despite Millar’s previous, ethically-dubious claims, equating that material with Hit-Girl swearing in Kick-Ass).
Look for Kick-Ass 2 in theaters on June 28th, 2013.