Kick-Ass, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s outrageous superhero origin satire, became a cult-hit movie back in 2010, helping to propel the entire franchise to a whole new level. This resulted in Millar and Romita returning to the comic book page for a sequel series, Kick-Ass 2, which in turn inspired the sequel film. also titled Kick-Ass 2.
Featuring returning stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Clarke Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca and Christopher Mintz-Plasse alongside franchise newcomers like John Leguizamo, Donal Faison and Jim Carrey, today’s Kick-Ass 2 red-band trailer promises the same level of debaucherous humor, brutal violence and touch of superhero satire that made the original so popular.
In what is sure to be referred to as the ‘Dark Knight chapter’ of the Kick-Ass trilogy, Dave Lizewski (Johnson) and Mindy Macready (Moretz) continue to train as crimfighters Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl (respectively), while also trying to acclimate to normal high school life. In the larger scope of things, their stand against crime has inspired a legion of new heroes like Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey) and Doctor Gravity (Faison).
However, that rise of good comes at the price of a surge in evil. When Chris D’Amico (Mintz-Plasse) adopts the alter-ego of the villainous “Motherfu#@er” as vengeance for Kick-Ass slaying his father, Dave and Mindy find themselves being hunted by freaks and maniacs – and soon, the cops as well.
The biggest point of concern regarding Kick-Ass 2 was Kick-Ass 1 writer/director Matthew Vaughn departing the sequel to work on X-Men: Days of Future Past (his sequel to First Class). Ironically enough Vaughn departed that X-Men sequel film as well, but he left Kick-Ass 2 in the hands of Jeff Wadlow, who has had middling success writing and directing films like Cry_Wolf and Never Back Down.
For his part, Wadlow has apparently captured the acerbic tone of the Kick-Ass world pretty well in the humor bits, while adding his own stylistic flare to the action sequences (such as Mindy saving Dave from that van speeding down the highway). While the Kick-Ass 2 comic book contained some controversial scenes of intense violence, it seems this red-band trailer is content on promoting the foul language and some dirty jokes.
In other words: you’ll probably have to pay admission price to see the full depths of gruesome.
Kick-Ass 2 will be in theaters on August 16, 2013.