Adapted from the comic book series of the same name created by Mark Millar, Kick-Ass celebrates its tenth anniversary this April 21. Released shortly before the wave of Marvel and DC Comics films that would sweep our screens, Matthew Vaughn’s feature told the story of Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a teenage boy addicted to superheroes, who would even become a masked vigilante, without the least superpower. After a beating which will go around the web, the young man will cross the path of a father and his daughter, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), a very trained duo and whose the capacities far exceed those of the amateur hero. Explosive, uninhibited, vulgar and violent, Kick-ass instantly won over critics and the public. In France, the film had gathered nearly 800,000 spectators. Very correct figures for a character little known in France. Three years later, the sequel, Kick-Ass 2, welcomed a newcomer and not least: Jim Carrey, in the role of colonel Stars and Stripes.
Did you notice? The little hidden details of Kick-Ass
Far from achieving the quality of the first part, this album will not meet the hoped-for success. At the box office, there reported only sixty million dollars worldwide, while the previous one had garnered nearly one hundred million. Shaken by the 2012 primary school massacre at Sandy Hook, Jim Carrey had meanwhile disassociated himself from the project, deeming it too violent. A few years later, during an interview with the American media Screen Rant, Matthew Vaughn – director of the first and producer of the second – said he learned a lot from the failure of Kick-Ass 2 : “The film did not give what I wanted. If we do another Kick-Ass, we have to be sure that we have a chance that it will be as good as the first, if not better.“
Although the possibility of a third film had been raised, the complicated career of Kick-Ass 2 has somewhat cooled the Universal studio. In 2018, invited to the Provincetown Film Festival, actress Chloë Grace Moretz declared no longer be interested in a new component. “I like the franchise and I find that the first film had something special. I would have liked the production of the second to go otherwise“She explains. The same year, Matthew Vaughn announced, for his part, preparing a reboot and a spin-off centered on the character Hit-Girl. Since then, no news on the progress of the project. The filmmaker The King’s Man: First Mission, a prequel to its Kingsman franchise, will be released next September.
Check out the trailer for “Kiss-Ass”: