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Thanks to the success of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, the 2000s saw a powerful resurgence in the superhero genre. Everyone from The Punisher and Hellboy to Batman, The Fantastic Four, and Superman got new movies.for better or worse. But after 2009 brought Zack Synder's controversial adaptation of Watchmen and the critically loathed atrocity X-Men Origins: Wolverine, industry watchers were speculating that superheroes were back on their way out. This was the cold climate that the R-rated independently financed Kick-Ass came into. Many fans of superhero movies enjoyed this dark twists on the genre's convention. And while concerned parents wagged their fingers at the expletive-spouting Hit-Girl, she proved the part that made Chloe Moretz a star. Still, with mixed reviews and a modest box office total of $96 million, it was unclear if Kick-Ass and his colleagues would ride again. Mark Millar, who wrote the graphic novel on which the first film »
"...after 'Kick-Ass' (Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass 'Colonel Stars and Stripes' (Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol.
"When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by 'Red Mist' (Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as 'The Mother F*****' only the blade-wielding 'Hit Girl' (Moretz) can prevent their annihilation..."
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- Michael Stevens
Kick-Ass 2 has been quiet of late, but now it seems the hype machine is starting up. The latest trailer has arrived and it features some new footage. Kick-Ass creator, Mark Millar said via Twitter “The best movie I've seen so far in 2013 is undoubtedly Kick-Ass 2 and I'm not even kidding. Can't Wait for you to see it on Aug 16th!” – Now, he would say that, wouldn’t he? Anyway, the trailer is below and let us know what you think. I could be wrong, and I’m a huge Kick-Ass fan, but this seems to have lost alot of its charm! But we’ll judge it properly in August! Synopsis: The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. Released: 16th »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
In this crowded summer that has already seen the next evolution of Iron Man and Superman – with Wolverine on deck – it’s sometimes hard to remember that Kick-Ass 2 is waiting in the wings to once again subvert the superhero genre with a dark and twisted tale about one boy’s quest to become a real-life crime-fighting vigilante.
Today we have a new behind-the-scenes look at the production of Kick-Ass 2. The director of the first film, Matthew Vaughn, is not writing or directing the sequel (those honors go to Cry_Wolf director Jeff Wadlow), but it’s been clear ever since the first Kick-Ass 2 red-band trailer was released that Wadlow at least understands the perversely subversive humor of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book.
Click to continue reading ‘Kick-Ass 2′ Featurette: Superheroes & Supervillain Lairs
- Kofi Outlaw
The third film in the low-budget comic book series - which was assumed to be a sure thing by many - will not be confirmed until the first sequel arrives in cinemas.
"A third and final Kick-Ass movie obviously dependent on how many billions the second one makes," wrote Millar on Twitter. "We'll know Monday after release."
Millar created the property, which centres around 'real life' superhero Dave Lizewski, with veteran artist John Romita Jr in 2008.
Millar was recently announced to be receiving an MBE on the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Kick-Ass 2 will arrive in the UK and Us on August 16. Watch a trailer for the film below: »
Mark Millar has been revealed to be on the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The Kick-Ass co-creator will be named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his work in Entertainment.
"These kind of honours you usually see going to other people, so it's nice," he told the Herald Scotland. "I got an honorary doctorate last year so I am starting to feel very respectable.
"I want my kids to write MBE on my father's day card.
"[My partner] Lucy is very excited. Women love a nosy around other people's houses and one of the first things she said to be was that she couldn't wait to go down and have a look around the place. I think the whole thing will be worth it for that."
Fellow Scottish comics writer and former collaborator Grant Morrison received the same honour last year.
The actress said that in the 2010 film and its upcoming sequel Kick-Ass 2, swearing is only used at "pivotal" moments.
"I think you saw Mindy two times in the whole story," Moretz told Total Film. "But in this movie, you see way more of Mindy than you do of Hit-Girl. You see this young girl struggling with who she is.
"In the last film, I only cussed six times in the movie - I counted! - but each time was really pivotal and it really meant something. And in this film it's the same - it's not like she just drops it all the time because she's older. »
While the follow-ups to Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s first Kick-Ass series, Kick-Ass 2 and Hit-Girl, no doubt enjoyed a great deal of financial success, it’s unlikely most fans would rank them as high as the original. Both sequels seemed to be following the adage “more is more” which theoretically makes sense for a series that eventually became as over-the-top as the original, but only succeeded in terms of the ultra-violence Millar tends to lean on when his large quiver of clever ideas has gone empty. Story-wise, both volumes moved too far away from the sharp, high-concept premise of the first one to deliver the kind of thrills you get when you realize you’re reading something unique, something you truly haven’t read before.
- Hector Fernandez
Ever fancied being a comic-book superhero? Well now you can be, in name at least, thanks to Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s latest charity auction. Bidding has begun on eBay for the chance to name two new characters that’ll appear in the Kick-Ass 3 comics: one’s a major hero, and the other’s Dave’s superhero rival. Past auctions - for the likes of Kick-Ass, Superior and The Secret Service - have raised money for schools, which means there’s a wholesome good deed that comes along with gaining ultra-cool comic cred. Kick-Ass’s...
- Matt Maytum
Not your traditional movie news story this, but as it's for charity, please forgive us.Mark Millar - creator of Kick-Ass, Wanted, The Secret Service and more - has long had a tradition of auctioning off character names in his comic books to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to St. Bartholomew's primary school in Glasgow. Most famously, of course, Dave Lizewski - Kick-Ass himself - was named after a previous auction winner.And now he's doing it again for Kick-Ass 3, only this time there are two chances for you to be immortalised in print as Millar is offering two characters. One is a rival for Kick-Ass, the other an important hero character in a future issue."Name A Major Hero In Millar And Romita's Kick-ass 3!" reads one eBay page, "Name Dave's Superhero Rival In Millar And Romita's Kick-ass 3" reads the other, and it's a safe bet you can »
News Simon Brew 5 Jun 2013 - 06:45
The latest Mark Millar project, post-Kick-Ass 2, to make its way to the big screen will be The Secret Service. Millar put together The Secret Service along with Dave Gibbons, and the movie version is set to be helmed by Matthew Vaughn, who turned down directing X-Men: Days Of Future Past to be involved.
Casting-wise, Colin Firth was already being lined up to feature in the movie, taking the role of an uncle who passes onto his young nephew the secrets of spying. Think turning troubled young people into future James Bonds, and you're in the right area.
Leonardo DiCaprio could be headed back into villain territory in Matthew Vaughn's new big screen comic book adaptation of The Secret Service. According to Contact Music, the actor is in talks to join the film, in which he would face off against Super Spy Colin Firth, who was previously cast in the project.
The source of the information says ''Leo is the perfect bad guy. Comic book films aren't usually associated with him but this could be a great fit.'' DiCaprio was amazing in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. After seeing him in that, I hoped he would play more dark villainous characters. Hopefully this bit of news is true because it would be fun to see him in a comic book film. As of right now this is just a rumor, but I hope it turns out to be true.
The Secret Service has been described as »
- Joey Paur
Is there a "Secret" in Leonardo DiCaprio's life? According to a new report, the answer could very well be yes, and could very well be awesome.
ContactMusic.com (via ComicBookMovie) reports the interesting rumor that DiCaprio is eyeing a role in "The Secret Service," director Matthew Vaughn's new thriller based on the comic book series written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
According to the report, DiCaprio wouldn't be delivering a heroic turn for the super-spy drama. Instead, he would be saddling up as the film's villain. It would mark yet another major bad-guy turn for the former Oscar nominee, following up on his deeply disturbing turn as slaveowner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."
The news is far from official, mind you. But the movie needs to start casting up soon, one way or the other, given its scheduled November 2014 release date. As of now, »
- Josh Wigler
DiCaprio would play the chief villain opposite Firth's secret agent.
20th Century Fox's The Secret Service is scheduled for release in the Us on November 14, 2014. A UK date is yet to be announced.
Watch DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby below: »
Leonardo DiCaprio is said to be in negotiations to join Oscar-winner Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’s comic book, The Secret Service, which the Kick-ass director also had a hand in the creation.
Firth is playing Uncle Jack, an aging British Secret Service spy who begins to mentor his young wayward nephew as his protege as a top government operative. DiCaprio is being eyed for the main protagonist, possibly something we’ll more of following his dastardly moustachioed villain Calvin Candie in Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
Shooting is set to begin in August from a script written by Vaughn and frequent collaborator Jane Goldman. It’s also recently been rumoured Aaron Tayor-Johnson has declined the role of the street punk nephew-turned-skilled secret agent.
We’ll keep you posted
Source: Contact Music
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- Craig Hunter
Leonardo DiCaprio may be joining Colin Firth in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons's recent comic book, The Secret Service. Where Colin Firth is playing the lead, an aging British Secret Service spy who begins to mentor his young nephew as a protege; DiCaprio is being looked at for the villain of the piece. It was previously reported that Kick-Ass actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson declined to play the role of Firth's nephew. The script is written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman and is reportedly set to begin production in August for a November 2014 release date. If Leonardo DiCaprio does indeed join the project, it would mark his first role in a comic book adaptation. WB executives previously tried selling the idea of DiCaprio as The Riddler in The Dark Knight Rises to Christopher Nolan but that obviously didn't pan out. Related Content: Mark Millar Says »
Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl’s blockbuster return for the Last Ever story arc of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s mega-selling series. Hit-Girl’s in jail, leaving Kick-Ass to lead the superhero team of Justice Forever. Their first mission: Bust Hit-Girl out of the clink. But superheroes have now been outlawed, leaving Kick-Ass to dodge both cops And criminals. For the first time since donning the costume, Kick-Ass is beginning to have his doubts. Is he now in too deep to get out? The phenomenal follow-up to the Kick-Ass 2 movie coming this June. Issue #1 features six different covers by the industry’s biggest artists, all available for order. Each cover will feature a different character, and when all six covers are linked, a special message will be revealed. Kick-ass 3 #1 Written by Mark Millar Pencils & Cover by John Romita Jr. Variant Covers by Various »
Since its release date was pushed back a couple of months ago, things have fallen pretty quiet on the Kick-Ass 2 front lately as Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s costumed crime-fighters take a back seat to A-list superheroes Iron Man, Superman and Wolverine. However, Universal has now released an international trailer for the Jeff Wadlow-directed sequel, and while we've already seen most of it in the first red band trailer, there are a few snippets of new footage here and there to tide us over until the marketing campaign kicks in properly ahead of the film's release this August.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010's irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass' (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. »
- Flickering Myth
Jeff Wadlow is at the helm this time around, meaning we’ve got fresh blood on both sides of the camera, and I can’t wait to see his take on the franchise for the sequel.
The brilliant first teaser trailers arrived back in March, giving us an awesome first good look at the upcoming summer blockbuster. And now Universal have released a new restricted international trailer, giving us more great footage to whet the appetite.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes »
- Kenji Lloyd
You've got to hand it to Mark Millar. The writer threw a lot at us in the first two volumes of Kick-Ass - not to mention the Hit-Girl series which bridged the gap between the two - but he still somehow manages to find plenty of new material to make the third and final volume feel as fresh as ever. Starting with an attempted jailbreak that plays out exactly as you might expect if you and a bunch of friends ran up to the gates of a maximum security facility in homemade superhero costumes, Millar then wastes no time in quickly establishing the new status quo for Dave Lizewski and it's fair to say that it won't be what you're expecting. The writer is well-known for coming up with scenarios which leave you wondering, "How the hell has no one thought of this before?!" but the brilliant thing about Kick-Ass »
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