The filmmakers behind Kick-Ass 2 certainly seem to be keeping in step with the old adage "Put your best foot forward," as both the expletive laden red-band trailer and today's international trailer for the superhero satire sequel have opted to focus more on cult-favorite character Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz), rather than the titular superhero wannabe played Aaron Johnson.
Aside from Johnson and Moretz, Kick-Ass 2 will bring back Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the newly-crowned supervillain, "The Motherf*#ker"; supporting players like Clark Duke and Lyndsy Fonseca as our hero's best friend and girlfriend (respectively); while adding new additions like Donald Faison and Jim Carrey - the latter of whom now has a brand new poster dedicated to his madhouse vigilante character, Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Picking up where the first film left off, Kick-Ass 2 sees the orphaned Mindy Macready (Moretz) trying to acclimate to high school life. Meanwhile, on the side, she and Dave Lizewski (Johnson) continue a campaign of vigilante heroism that soon attracts other, like-minded hero types (Carrey's character). Trouble rises when now-orphaned Chris D'Amico (Mintz-Plasse) seeks vengeance against Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl for the murder of his father... by raising a supervillain army to terrorize the city.
Check out a poster of Jim Carrey as the very unhinged Colonel Stars and Stripes:
Based on the comic book sequel series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., this trailer really seems to highlight the segment of the film based on the 5-issue Hit-Girl spinoff series Millar and Romita launched as sort of a bridge piece between the first two installments. It makes sense to meld that spinoff with the events of sequel comics, given how popular both the Hit-Girl character and Moretz (star of the upcoming Carrie remake) are at the moment. "Best foot forward," and all that...
Kick-Ass 2 the movie saw a big personnel switch in the form of Never Back Down director Jeff Wadlow replacing powerhouse X-Men: First Class team Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman on both directing and writing duties. While Wadlow's filmography doesn't exactly inspire high levels of confidence, the footage we've from Kick-Ass 2 seems to be keeping in step (there's that term again) with everything fans love about the first film. Outrageous violence, teenagers spouting foul-language, over-the-top crazy characters, inventive action sequences, satirical tone, etc...
However, will Wadlow be able to infuse his work with the same kind of hip, stylistic edge that Vaughn and Goldman are known for? Or will the sequel be more of a generic uninspired knock-off of the original?
We'll find out when Kick-Ass 2 is in theaters on April 16, 20