It’s still in the air whether or not I trek on down to Comic-Con, but this is definitely an incentive to go. Matthew Vaughn plans to premier some footage of Kick-Ass and that, well, kicks ass.
A specific time hasn’t been given, but Superherohype expects it somewhere near the tail end of Thursday, July23rd.
I’ve been a fan of the comic (y’know, when it gets released every 7 years) and if Vaughn doesn’t tone anything down we’ll all be having a bloody good time in the theaters. Mark Millar’s tale isn’t exactly a literary classic, but it does lend itself to being a solid, hyper-violent action flick.
The only real problem I’m having with the movie is casting Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist. I like Plasse in the movies I’ve seen him in, but he is so far away from looking like Red Mist it isn’t even funny. But I guess he really just needs to act stoned.
Also, there’s that part with Nicholas Cage being involved as Hit Girl’s Big Daddy. Nicholas Cage is pretty much a one trick pony and I hope they don’t give him too much to do, though I’m betting that won’t be the case.
There’s a lot you can say about Mark Millar’s comics. Overly profane. Lowest common denominator. Excessive. Formulaic. Well, I’ll concede that each of these descriptions are absolutely true, but despite all of that (or maybe because?) Mark Millar’s works have always been wildly entertaining. Marvel Civil War had some great moments. Marvel 1985 was overtly sentimental. Fantastic Four has been serviceable. Wanted was a piece of nihilistic shit, but it had its legions of fans. Superman Red Son…well, Red Son was pretty awesome.
In a strange way, you can think of Millar as the comic equivalent of Michael Bay. Big explosions, big heroic moments, big everything.
In the creator owned Kick Ass, Millar wanted to have a comic about a comic book fan who decides that the world needs a real hero. Of course, it doesn’t help that Dave Lizewski is an unpopular dork with no powers, skills or ideals. He’s a comic book geek, a slacker, and his high school crush thinks he’s gay. He just wants to be cool, which becoming a masked hero seems oddly counter intuitive. It’s hard becoming popular when nobody knows who you are.
Hey, I never said Dave was smart.