“Kick-Ass” was a movie with a strange name and a whole lot of guts that came out of nowhere to open at #1 in 2010 and grossed nearly $100 million worldwide. While that might not seem like much in the age when more and more films are pushing the $1 billion mark, it was quite an ample return for an adaptation of a little known comic book made for only $30 million. So a sequel wasn’t all that unexpected, and it helped that the comic book already had a sequel for the new film to be based on. So the first trailer for “Kick-Ass 2” has now appeared online.
Fittingly this is a red band trailer, which given that much of what fans loved about the first film was the over the top violence and the litany of swears was really the only way to go. The trailer starts with the characters fans already remember: Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl. The two are seen out of costume training, and immediately gives fans what they want by having the 15 year old Moretz beat the crap out of Johnson and swear at him. Having reestablished the returning heroes, things open up a bit after that.
The notion that other ordinary people have taken up what Kick-Ass started in the first film and are now donning masks to fight crime is brought up. This is where Jim Carrey appears as the new character Captain Stars and Stripes. The casting of Carrey is interesting and his take on the role is a little bit of a relief. He doesn’t pull any goofy faces in the course of the trailer, and while the voice is a little weird it’s also natural sounding and not overly cartoonish. It’s fairly low key for the often manic Carrey, which should play well because it’ll give the character a feel of holding back something crazy.
Then audiences get to see Christopher Mintz-Plasse return. The nerdy actor played a slightly morally ambiguous character, Red Mist, the first time around. He was doing bad things, but mostly just to try and please his crime boss of a father. This time though he’s gone full on villain, and has even taken on a new name, which is not fit for print. He assembles his own army of costumed villains to take down the heroes and the trailer does a good job of building up the eventually confrontation between Mintz-Plasse and Johnson. There’s plenty of action, though admittedly it’s a little less visceral due to very obvious green screen use, and more than a few good jokes. This trailer feels like the sequel will capture exactly what made the first film a hit. There’s actually a fair amount riding on the success of this film. Right now the “Kick-Ass” franchise is carrying the banner for R rated superhero movies. Other attempts have not been successful whether they be with original characters or established names. If this sequel can do better than the first film then there is still hope for R rated comic book movies in the future.