After being rejected by every studio they approached, Matthew Vaughn raised the budget at a dinner party and made the movie independently. Vaughn ultimately sold the movie to Universal for more than he had originally asked them for.
The name of the lead character Dave Lizewski was chosen at a charity auction run by Kick-Ass co-creator/writer Mark Millar prior to the publication of the first issue of the book. The auction winner chose his own name to be used.
In the comic, Big Daddy's backstory about being an ex-cop was a lie. He was an accountant who was bored with his life and kidnapped his daughter and made her into a vigilante. Many fans preferred the film version, including Mark Millar, who said that it "would have messed up the structure of the movie". The comic's artist John Romita, Jr. stated that Big Daddy's story in the film "works better stopping short...You love him better in the film".
In response to criticism towards Hit-Girl's character, Chloë Grace Moretz stated in an interview, "If I ever uttered one word that I said in Kick-Ass, I would be grounded for years! I'd be stuck in my room until I was twenty! I would never in a million years say that. I'm an average, everyday girl." Moretz has said that while filming, she could not bring herself to say the film's title out loud in interviews, instead calling it "the film" in public and "Kick-Butt" at home.
Nicolas Cage modeled his speech mannerisms as Big Daddy on original Batman (1966) Adam West. According to Matthew Vaughn, Cage started acting out his lines this way at the first costume fitting. Vaughn was happy for Cage to continue with this performance in the film, citing his irritation with the gravelly voice Christian Bale used in The Dark Knight (2008).
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Evan Peters both have the unique honor of playing the same comic book character, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, in two different simultaneously produced franchises. Taylor-Johnson's portrayal for Marvel studios in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Peters' portrayal for 20th Century Fox in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
The credits give descriptive names to several of D'Amico's "goons" for correct character attribution. Five of these goons, listed as "Posh", "Scary", "Sporty", "Ginger", and "Baby", were named for each of the Spice Girls.
Big Daddy's line, "Now go to Robin's revenge!" is a reference to a Robin comic where Robin was fighting a blind master martial artist. Even though he was blind, his skill was such that Robin could not lay a finger on him. Robin was able to set up a whistle to blow automatically. This overloaded the blind man's primary sense and allowed Robin to sneak up behind him.
In the original comic, Mark Strong's character is named "John Genovese". Genovese is one of the most powerful "Five Families" (Bonano, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Luchese) of the mob, and to avoid any trouble with them, the name was changed to Frank D'Amico, at the same time doing a nod to The Simpsons (1989), because the mob boss of Springfield, Fat Tony, is called Anthony D'Amico.
The music during the rescue scene (with the strobe lighting) is Adagio In D Minor by John Murphy and was originally written for and features in the Danny Boyle movie Sunshine (2007), which also starred Mark Strong.
Dexter Fletcher plays a gangster called Cody, who drives a yellow Range Rover. In Matthew Vaughn's previous film Layer Cake (2004), he also plays a gangster called Cody, who drives a yellow Range Rover. It is unclear if they are the same character.
The song composed for Big Daddy's raid in Frank D'Amico's warehouse is based on "In the house, in a heartbeat". The song was originally used in 28 Days Later (2002) and 28 Weeks Later (2007), and was composed by John Murphy. Also, suffered slight changes and the name for the Kick-Ass soundtrack is "Big Daddy Kills".
When the bad guys are about to burn Kick-Ass and Big Daddy during a live broadcast, one of them says "Fire is good! Fire is our friend!". This is a quote from a scene in the Mel Brooks movie Young Frankenstein (1974), which is in turn a parody of a scene in Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn knew each other socially through Jane Goldman and her husband, but came to work together because of Thor (2011). Millar had sent Vaughn some suggestions for the Marvel adaptation, but Vaughn ultimately left that project. He came to Millar to see if he had any interesting ideas, nearly leading to a sequel to the Bible called "American Jesus". As they were discussing that, Millar mentioned Kick-Ass, and started sending Vaughn the early script for the comic.
The original Dutch certification for this movie was 12 years. After several complaints, and due to the language and violence in the movie, the Dutch Institute for Classification of Audiovisual Media (NICAM) re-rated the movie for sixteen years and older in May 2010.
A pair of screenprints seen in D'Amico's apartment depicting a revolver is a 1981-82 piece titled "Gun" by Andy Warhol, depicting how the gun has become a significant part of the American society, following an attempt on his life by Valerie Solanas in 1968. This piece was produced only with the revolver (similiar to what Solanas used in the nearly fatal attack) shown on the right side.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Even Peters, Nicolas Cage, and Lyndsy Forseca all have played roles based on Marvel characters. Johnson played Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver as a cameo appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and then in The Avenger: Age of Ultron (2015). Peters coincidentally played the same character in the X-Men universe in both X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Cage portrayed the part of Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider in Ghost Rider (2007) and then again in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011). Lyndsy Forseca went on to portray Angie Martinelli in Agent Carter (2015-).
Dexter Fletcher, who plays Cody is crushed in a bright yellow Range Rover. He played a police officer in Layer Cake (2004), and stole a bright yellow Range Rover at the end. Layer Cake was also directed by Matthew Vaughn.
Evan Peters and Aaron Taylor-Johnson both go on to play the Marvel character Quicksilver, Peters in the 20th Century Fox X-Men franchise, and Taylor-Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Fox own the film rights to Quicksilver, Taylor-Johnson's character is named Pietro Maximoff.
When Todd (Evan Peters) and Marty (Clarke Duke) first watch the Youtube clip of Kick-ass in an the comic book cafe, a poster for the Avengers comic series can be seen in the background. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Dave) would later go on to star as Quicksilver in the Avengers movie series.
"Red Mist" is a term that has been used to refer to a bomb-disposal person who gets blown up by the bomb he or she was trying to defuse. This is (basically) what actually happens to Frank D'Amico, the father of the "Red Mist" character, near the end of the movie.
In Dave's fight with Rasul, he pulls out a taser and hits him in the forehead. This may be a reference to Batman Begins (2005), where, in a scene where Rachael Dawes is startled by Batman, she pulls out a taser and hits him in the chest.