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Love wins! Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, The Secret Service) and Image Comics are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision by giving away the first issue of Jupiter’s Circle free as a digital download - and there's even a nice commemorative rainbow cover to boot. Jupiter's Circle tells the story of a gay superhero who must keep his sexuality a secret from his team-mates and the rest of the world. There are plans for a movie adaptation with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura heading up a potential six-film franchise. Download the first issue Here. "Jupiter’s Circle is about a gay superhero in 1959, keeping his sexuality as secret as his alter-ego in an era where being a gay man would mean being ruined and expulsion from his very conservative super-team. It’s rated Teen-Plus and this issue comes with a special rainbow cover to commemorate the day gay »
Daniel Craig’s James Bond a little too brooding for your tastes? Matthew Vaughn’s got you covered – his Kingsman: The Secret Service is the most entertaining and riotous spy flick in years, as well as one that’s unquestionably made for adults. Unrepentantly ribald, delectably blood-soaked and filled with more genre in-jokes than you can shake a martini at (with gin, of course, stirred for ten seconds while staring at an unopened bottle of vermouth), Kingsman is a blast of gleeful filmmaking exuberance from first frame to last, clever enough to up-end spy movie conventions while simultaneously serving as a high-flying, rip-roaring adventure that stands among the genre’s best.
On paper, the movie shouldn’t work at all. Its humor is thoroughly low-brow, its premise a bit of a stretch and its characters incredibly over-the-top – but Vaughn, maestro of mayhem that he is, pulls it off with an »
- Isaac Feldberg
Note: This is my final Superhero Bits. Thank you all for taking this ride with me for 869 columns. Starting Monday, Angie Han will be taking over the mantle. Now, on to the Bits! Has Mark Millar cast the lead in Superior? How does Jesse Eisenberg describe Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman? Is that film […]
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- Germain Lussier
Matthew Vaughn is already working away on a screenplay for Kingsman: The Secret Service 2, admitting he'll make the film if he can get the script to a place he's happy with. But it turns out that he's also involved in a third potential Kick-Ass movie.
Vaughn directed the first Kick-Ass, although opted to make X-Men: First Class rather than Kick-Ass 2 (which was taken on by Jeff Wadlow). The more muted response to the second film seemed to have brought the cinematic series to a close, but it still proved to be profitable, not least in part down to its economic budget.
Chatting to Yahoo!, Vaughn has now confirmed that "we're working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit-Girl and Big Daddy become Hit-Girl and Bid Daddy". "If we can make that, »
Oh, Matthew Vaughn, you of the oh-so-classy anal sex joke in “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and other cinematic vulgar offenses (much of the dialogue in “Kick-Ass” for example).The filmmaker is arguably getting a touch of Mark Millar syndrome, which would be fitting in that most of his movies are comic book adaptation of Millar’s crass and offensive works. Millar of course has boy-who-cried-wolf overpromise syndrome—like claiming that Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp would probably star in the never-actually-made production of his “Nemesis” comic among many other fibs or massive exaggerations. Vaughn doesn’t seem to have gotten the hint. His adaptation of Millar’s “Kick-Ass” grossed a paltry $48 million domestically in 2010 (less than $100 million worldwide). Wisely, Lionsgate didn’t want to do anything with a sequel, but Universal, listening too much to the fanboy chatter, decided to pony up the money for a sequel a few years after the fact. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Back at the end of May, comic book writer Mark Millar revealed that he still held ambitions of bringing his proposed Hit Girl movie to the screen, and now Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has confirmed that development is underway on a solo spinoff for the young assassin, which he hopes will then pave the way for Kick-Ass 3.
“[I’m] not happily done with the franchise,” Vaughn told Yahoo during a promotional interview for the home-entertainment release of his latest Millar adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service. “We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like Kick-Ass 2 and then we can go off and make Kick-Ass 3. I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass. »
- Gary Collinson
Though they made relatively similar grosses, the first "Kick-Ass" is looked back on as a promising and exciting franchise launcher whereas the sequel essentially ended those hopes overnight. Nevertheless, fans of the series are still hoping for and talking about the possibility of a third entry in the series.
In a new interview with Yahoo UK, the first film's director and second film's producer Matthew Vaughn was asked about further entries in the series and he seemed surprisingly optimistic about the possibility:
"We would like to dip our toe back into it.... We're working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. It's quite a fun idea we've come up with. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn't like 'Kick-Ass 2' and then we can go off and make 'Kick-Ass »
- Garth Franklin
"Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" fame has not only confirmed there will be a "Kick-Ass 3" with actress Chloë Grace Moretz reprising her role as female vigilante 'Hit-Girl', but there will also be a "Hit-Girl" prequel he will also direct:
"We’re working on an idea for a prequel, of how did 'Hit-Girl' and 'Big Daddy' become Hit-Girl and Big Daddy," said Vaughn.
"...hopefully that will be for the people that didn’t like 'Kick-Ass 2' ...
"...and then we can go off and make 'Kick-Ass 3'.
"I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass..."
"Because it's kind of insane. Would the world accept this? »
- Michael Stevens
While fielding fan questions for Yahoo! Movies, Kingsman: The Secret Service helmer Matthew Vaughn confirmed that he's "not happily done with the [Kick-Ass] franchise," and that there are indeed plans for a Hit-Girl movie (which Mark Millar said earlier this year will be set in far East and directed by "someone like Gareth Evans"). "We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy...If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and then we can go off and make ‘Kick-Ass 3’." Kick-Ass 2 received a mixed response from critics and was far from a hit, and Vaughn admitted that they'll need to use the Hit-Girl movie to restore faith in the Kick-Ass franchise. "I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we »
Despite positive reviews and a decent box office take for 2010’s Kick-Ass, the once-burgeoning film franchise appears to be dead in the water following the 2013 sequel, which was met with far less praise and diminished box office returns. Original film director Matthew Vaughn has been keen on more follow-ups and even a prequel film following Chloe Grace-Moretz’s Hit-Girl and Nicolas Cage’s Big Daddy, but more tales about the hyper-violent street-level superheroes have hardly seemed likely, especially with film stars Grace-Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson growing older and moving on to other film properties.
Still, Vaughn hasn’t quite let the possibility of Kick-Ass 3 or Hit-Girl go and recently brought them up in an interview with Yahoo UK:
We would like to dip our toe back into it… We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. »
- James Garcia
The new film will be based on "Civil War", the 2006–2007 Marvel Comics crossover storyline built around a seven-issue limited series of the same name written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Steve McNiven, which ran through various other titles published by Marvel at the time.
That storyline builds on the framework storyline in which the government passes a 'Superhero Registration Act' to have superpowered characters act under official regulation, somewhat akin to police officers.
The events of the series touch upon themes of liberty, moral responsibility, and civil order, with well-intentioned »
- Michael Stevens
With Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service hitting retailers on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD earlier this week, and following on the heels of my earlier interview with Kingsman co-creator and illustrator Dave Gibbons, I thought I would start the weekend off right by sharing my interview with Mark Millar, Kingsman co-creator and writer. Millar has had several of his comics adapted to the big screen, including Kick-Ass and Marvel's upcoming Civil War. Millar is a Scottish comic book writer and is known for his work on such titles as The Authority, The Ultimates, Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four and more. Special thanks go out to Cbm's Josh Wilding. He was originally scheduled to conduct the interview, but it fell into my lap due to scheduling conflicts. Many of the questions came from his intended interview. Js (Cbm): What's it been like to see the movie become such a massive hit? »
Kingsman: The Secret Service was a hit earlier this year for 20th Century Fox and, very quickly, rumors of a sequel began to bubble. Two people who were a little surprised at that were series co-creators Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn, the latter of whom directed the film. Millar recently said while there was a desire […]
- Germain Lussier
Civil War #1-7 (2006-2007)
Written by Mark Millar
Penciled by Steve McNiven
Inked by Dexter Vines
Colored by Morry Hollowell
Published by Marvel Comics
Civil War was a massive Marvel crossover event running from 2006 to 2007 and tied into virtually every Marvel comic including cosmic ones, like Nova, and quirky teen ones, like Runaways. The comic begins with the New Warriors (a team of perpetually C-Listers) fighting a group of supervillains to garner better ratings for their reality TV show, which leads to the villain Nitro blowing up a school in Stamford, Connecticut leading to many civilian casualties. This leads to Tony Stark, Reed Richards, the Avengers, and Shield supporting the Superhuman Registration Act, which bans secret identities, implements mandatory training for young heroes, and makes superheroes agents of Shield. This is opposed by Captain America, who doesn’t want to hunt down his fellow heroes, and the conflict begins as »
- Logan Dalton
It feels like nearly every week a new Mark Millar property is being turned into a movie. From Wanted to Kick-Ass, through Civil War, Chrononauts, Jupiter’s Legacy and more, there’s always some new development to discuss with the comic writer. The latest film based on his work, Kingsman: The Secret Service, was just released on Digital HD and Blu-ray/DVD. We […]
- Germain Lussier
One of the busiest men in Hollywood just happens to be a comic book writer. Go figure! Mark Millar is the man whose graphic novels Wanted, Kick-ass 1-2 and Kingsman: The Secret Service - which is just about to arrive on home video - have inspired blockbuster film adaptations. He currently acts as an advisor on all of 20th Century Fox's superhero films (the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot was... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
This Week: The secret agent thrills of Kingsman, time-travelling teens in Project Almanac, and a Pam Grier party on blu-ray. ► If it wasn't for the return of Mad Max, we'd likely be calling Kingsman: The Secret Service the best action movie of the year. It's certainly the most surprising - based on a Mark Millar comic about a troubled British... Read More »
- John Law
★★★☆☆ Matthew Vaughn's slick second collaboration with writer Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), brings together the kinetic energy and shock humour of Kick-Ass (2010) and the now well-worn tropes of the spy genre, making for a gleefully entertaining thrill ride, laden with taboo. At the centre of the story is a London youth named Eggsy (newcomer Taron Egerton), who is saved from his dead-end life on a crime-ridden estate when he meets dapper gent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) who offers him a place in the elite independent secret service, The Kingsman. As Hart, Firth breaks his run of duds, both sitting in his 'toff' comfort zone, and usurping it to become, quite surprisingly, an out-and-out action hero.
- CineVue UK
Today, we’re pleased to debut a Kingsman: The Secret Service Blu-ray clip from the 90-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for the movie. In the clip, writer/director Matthew Vaughn and author Mark Millar exult the comic’s artist, Dave Gibbons. Gibbons is a comic book legend, and will likely be best remembered for his phenomenal work on Watchmen. However, he’s been working in the industry for decades, and Millar recalls a nice story about how he came to realize his dream of working with the renowned artist. This clip may not have much to do with the movie, but I like it when featurettes expand beyond the film and go into interesting bits such as this. Check out the Kingsman: The Secret Service Blu-ray clip below. The film will be available to own on Blu-ray and DVD on June 9th. [complextv contentid="JnYmxqdTrL8zzBJ2SGtCEEmHSr6rzsvI" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] For more on Kingsman, check out our interviews below: Matthew Vaughn »
- Matt Goldberg
The next Captain America movie will centre on the Marvel universe being divided when government agencies try to reign in the Avengers.
Everything we know about Captain America: Civil War, including cast, synopsis and the latest rumours
Radio Times cites unconfirmed rumours in suggesting that Freeman may appear as the British prime minister in scenes taking place after an Avengers mission in the UK goes awry.
Mark Millar - who wrote Marvel's Civil War - has previously revealed that Freeman is not playing a superhero in the film version.
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