Although Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass doesn't premier for another seven months, Mark Millar (co-creator of the comic) already has high expectations, telling MTV that a sequel is already in the works. According to Millar:
"There's a basic plot. The series ends on a teaser for the next one, and the movie ends on that teaser, too...We don't want to sound too cocky, but we know this is good. It didn't cost that much money to make. There will definitely be another one."
Millar and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn have been hinting at a sequel for months now. In fact, we first reported the possibility of a sequel before Kick-Ass premiered any footage at Comic-Con or even had a distributor. Can you say confidence? I wonder if this is the "different ending" artist John Romita, Jr. talked about a few months back?
Expectations for Kick-Ass are very high, especially among the comic's core audience. If the film's reception at Comic-Con is any indication, however, fanboys should be more than satisfied. The real question is whether or not Kick-Ass can find success outside of the film's built-in fanbase.
As Watchmen demonstrated, the public's thirst for unconventional R-rated comic book films is tepid at best. On the other hand, Watchmen had a much higher budget than Kick-Ass and was attempting to tell a story that was much larger in scope. Assuming critics don't kill it first, I have a feeling that Kick-Ass will more than make its budget back.
What do you think? Is talk of a sequel a bit premature, or are you already ready for Kick-Ass 2, 3, 4, and more?
Kick-Ass hits theaters on April 16th, 2010.