I was unfamiliar with Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Kick-Ass when the first footage was shown at last year's San Diego Comic Con, but I remember being struck by the unflinching nature of the violence even then. It was pretty sweet. Now, a month out from the film's release, I have a much better idea of what to expect from the movie as a whole and have written up a list of my friends who will not be seeing it with me for their own good. Apparently, I'm way behind.
At the South by Southwest Film Festival, Coming Soon's Ed Douglas spoke with two of the film's stars: Christopher Mintz-Plasse aka Red Mist, and Aaron Johnson, who plays the eponymous hero of Kick-Ass. The two actors discussed the previous evening's question and answer session and the possibility of a sequel. According to Mintz-Plasse, when asked if there would be anything related to Kick-Ass 2 presented at this year's Comic Con, "[John] said, 'Yes,' which means they're going to get started on it, which is exciting."
"I met up with Mark actually a few months ago and we had a couple drinks and he told me it was going to be great, and he wants it to be very, very dark is what he's thinking."
Johnson weighed in as well:
"If you could get any more dark than 'Kick-Ass' is right now, then Mark had even darker ideas. Matthew went with absolutely everything but there were some things that were impossible to film."
Given that the public at large hasn't yet been exposed to Kick-Ass, it seems a bit early to start the 'how far is too far, or is there no such thing?' conversation that will inevitably crop up. Ultimately, if anyone can top some of the darker imagery of recent cinema, from Sin City to The Road, it's probably Mark Millar. Given the footage that debuted last SDCC, I have to say my imagination fails me somewhat at trying to conceive of a more graphic iteration of Kick-Ass. This is possibly a good thing and an indication that my soul has not been completely rotted through by my unhealthy addictions to comics, video games and pulp novels. It's not a guarantee, though.
Kick-Ass opens April 16th.
Source: Coming Soon