June 28 August 16 (revised)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Rating: Not Yet Rated
The awkward journeyman justice-bringer is back! Now a High-School grad, he's weighing his options for higher education...by starting a new team of costumed heroes. Meanwhile, an old enemy of his plots a sadistic revenge.
What We Know:
When we last left our heroes, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz,) they had settled into an early retirement from crime-fighting as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. -- Well, not so much, as it turns out.
A wave of wannabe heroes now roam the streets fighting crime and young Mindy just couldn't resist her instilled life-long vigilante ways and gets back to making her rounds as Hit-Girl. Unfortunately, she gets busted, caught with her hand in the proverbial cookie jar (and by that, we mean "viciously and violently spilling the blood of the wicked") and this time, her retirement is no longer voluntary. -- But she won't sit back without a fight.
Dave is also called back to the baddie-bashing beat as Kick-Ass when he joins a band of costumed crusaders led by a gritty former mobster in camouflage going by the name, "Colonel Stars and Stripes." (Jim Carrey) Calling themselves "Justice Forever," this group may not have the style, skills, resources, technology, or irradiated giant green brutes like "that other superhero team," but these enthusiastic amateurs nevertheless have the will to make a difference.
It turns out that Dave will need all the help he can get when his old frenemy, Chris D'Amico, still upset with him over that whole "killing his criminal father" incident, plots revenge by pulling together a team of super-villains to counter the rising Justice Forever. No longer calling himself, Red Mist, Chris, now known as "The Mother F**ker," is out to slowly cash out his vengeance on those closest to Dave, starting with his girlfriend, Katie. (Lyndsy Fonesca)
(Set photo from Kick-Ass 2. Pictured left to right: Jim Carrey as "Colonel Stars and Stripes," Lindy Booth as "Night Bitch," Aaron Taylor-Johnson as "Kick-Ass," and Robert Emms as "Insect Man.")
What We Expect:
Based on the sequel series to Mark Millar's comic, which hit in 2010 in the wake of the first Kick-Ass movie, this film, like its comic counterpart, seems to focus on our main characters, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl making the long-term adjustments to the crime-fighting life. Those adjustments are obviously different since Kick-Ass started the lifestyle as a flight of fancy, but for Hit-Girl, it's something she was raised to embrace from birth.
The tongue-in-cheek meta-filled silliness that distinguished the original Kick-Ass story should be prominent, although Millar's comic series takes some seriously dark turns with The Mother F**ker's revenge plot, especially with a notorious rape scene. It's difficult to gauge if such themes get translated into a feature film that attempts to balance humor and action. While the original Kick-Ass was an R-rated nod to adult comic book fans that gained a cult following, it didn't exactly leave the kind of lasting impression with wider audiences that screamed for a sequel. Thus, despite initial reports last year pointing to an R-rated follow-up, it might be the case that compromises could be made to tone things down to a more accessible PG-13 level. (Just pure speculation.)
Replacing Matthew Vaughn in the director's chair is Jeff Wadlow, known from Never Back Down and Cry Wolf. With no trailers, teaser footage, posters, or even official images currently available for the film, we're all still left guessing. It will be interesting to see what Wadlow brings to what seems to be a dynamic, hard, yet eccentric sequel.
Be sure to check out more of G4's 2013 movie previews throughout the month of January.