A lot more eyes are likely going to be on Kick-Ass 2 now - and it isn't because of that Jim Carrey controversy. Geeks are going to be taking BIG notice of Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) and Hit-Girl's (Chloe Moretz) latest foul-mouthed and violent superhero adventure, now that it has been announced that the sequel's director, Jeff Wadlow, will be following in the footsteps of his Kick-Ass predecessor Matthew Vaughn by going to play in Fox's X-Men movie sandbox (Wadlow is writing the studio's X-Force movie adaptation).
Well, with the hype swelling, Kick-Ass 2 needed to make an impression at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con - and it did just that, by debuting a violent and foul-mouthed new red-band trailer, in the hopes of topping the first red-band trailer, which made so many fans happy to be back in the derange superhero satire world of franchise creators Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
The new red-band trailer opens with a great riff on the iconic scene from the first Kick-Ass, in which Nic Cage (as big daddy) trained a younger Chloe Moretz (as his daughter Mindy) on how to take a bullet in the flack jacket (a.k.a. a bulletproof vest). Now, of course, Mindy has become the teacher and her pupil is Dave Lizewski (Johnson), who never really got the whole 'combat training' thing down while repeatedly getting his... well, ass kicked during the first film.
From there we segue into a broader look at the supporting characters in the film - including new superheroes like Colonel Stars and Stripes (played by the controversy-courting Carrey) and "Night Bitch," played by Dawn of the Dead star Lindy Booth. Evil also reigns its ugly head in the form of "The Mother F*cker" - a.k.a. Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) - Kick-Ass' associate from the first film who turned evil when his crime-boss father was blown to smithereens. We also get a look at the cadre of villains who will be working under The Mother F*cker's employ: the hulking Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina); "The Tumor" (Andy Nyman), a psycho with a Napoleon complex; and "Genghis Carnage" as Triad member with a penchant for... well, carnage.
Kick-Ass 2 the comic book has some controversially brutal developments in it; we've been assured the film might not follow suit, exactly, but there's certainly enough in this trailer to ensure that fans of the more hardcore approach to superheroics won't be disappointed. Will it be better than the first film? That remains to be determined - and fan outlook on Wadlow's X-Force script will likely be determined along with it.
Kick-Ass 2 will be in theaters on August 16th.
Source: Kick-Ass 2 Movie