While Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass wasn't a huge success at the box office, it made enough money - with the help of Blu-ray and DVD sales - to warrant a sequel from director Jeff Wadlow. Alas, the sequel made even less money, and the reviews and fan reception were far less kind than they were for the original, which made a Kick-Ass 3 movie ... well, unlikely.
Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. - the creators of the comic book on which the Kick-Ass films are based - recently talked about the likelihood of a second sequel coming to fruition. Now, star Chloë Moretz (the actress who played Hit-Girl) is weighing in, too.
Digital Spy recently spoke to Moretz about whether or not she'd be reprising her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 3, to which she said:
"Sadly, I think I'm done with the character. Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don't think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theater."
" 'Kick-Ass 2' was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn't help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie - but because it didn't do so well, we can't make another one.
"If you want more than one movie, everyone has to go and see movies at the cinema. It's all about the numbers in the theater."
This isn't the first time piracy has been blamed for a film performing below expectations at the box office. Just recently, The Expendables 3 - which leaked to the Internet weeks before release - did pretty poorly at the box office and some theorized that it was due to the leak. (We, on the other hand, thought it was its own worst enemy.)
Kick-Ass 2 made approximately $28 million in the States and $32 million overseas against a $28 million production budget. It's unclear, of course, how much money was spent on marketing, how much money went to theaters, and so on, so it's impossible to know if the film made its money back at the box office - though presumably it did after it was released on Blu-ray/DVD.
Would it have made more money if piracy wasn't a factor? Sure. But then again, it also probably would've made more money if it hadn't scored a 29% at Rotten Tomatoes.
Like Expendables 3, while piracy may have been a factor in its financial success (or lack thereof), it almost certainly wasn't the determining factor.
Chloë Moretz also talked a bit about cinematic depictions of female superheroes, a topic we've covered more than once. Said Moretz:
"Whenever there's a female superhero, it's always a more sexual plotline rather than seeing an actual character onscreen. I don't think that's cool. I think it's rather sad.
"I would love to change that. Hopefully, there will be some cool female superhero movies in the future. I hear there's a 'Wonder Woman' movie coming up. Hopefully they won't sexualize Wonder Woman, too."
While I don't agree that all female superheroes in movies have had sexualized plotlines - Black Widow had an interesting arc through The Avengers and Cap 2, for example - there's no doubt that there's an unfortunate lack of superheroines generally and in major roles (and that's on top of their problematic portrayal in merchandise and marketing).
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you sad that Kick-Ass 3 probably won't be happening? Do you want to see the sequel adapted to the big screen? Drop us a line in the comments.
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Source: Digital Spy