Kick-Ass (film series)

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Kick-Ass
Directed by Matthew Vaughn (1)
Jeff Wadlow (2)
Produced by Matthew Vaughn (1–2)
Brad Pitt (1–2)
Adam Bohling (1–2)
Tarquin Pack (1–2)
David Reid (1–2)
Kris Thykier (1)
Screenplay by Matthew Vaughn (1)
Jane Goldman (1)
Jeff Wadlow (2)
Based on Kick-Ass 
by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Chloë Grace Moretz
Music by Henry Jackman (1–2)
John Murphy (1)
Marius de Vries (1)
Ilan Eshkeri (1)
Matthew Margeson (2)
Cinematography Ben Davis (1)
Tim Maurice-Jones (2)
Edited by Eddie Hamilton (1–2)
Pietro Scalia (1)
Jon Harris (1)
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates 2010 – present
Running time 220 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $58 million
Box office $155,745,007

Kick-Ass is a British-American superhero comedy film series, based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Its premise is that teenager Dave Lizewski sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself "Kick-Ass".

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Released films
Kick-Ass
(2010)
Kick-Ass 2
(2013)
Dave Lizewski
Kick-Ass
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Mindy Macready
Hit-Girl
Chloë Grace Moretz
Chris D'Amico
Red Mist / Mother Fucker
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Marty Eisenberg
Battle Guy
Clark Duke
Todd Haynes
Ass-Kicker
Evan Peters Augustus Prew
Katie Deauxma Lyndsy Fonseca
Sgt. Marcus Williams Omari Hardwick Morris Chestnut
Mr. Lizewski Garrett M. Brown
Frank D'Amico Mark Strong
Damon Macready
Big Daddy
Nicolas Cage
Big Joe Michael Rispoli
Det. Vic Gigante Xander Berkely
Sal Bertolinni
Colonel Stars and Stripes
Jim Carrey
Katryna Dubrovsky
Mother Russia
Olga Kurkulina
Miranda Swendlow
Night Bitch
Lindy Booth
Javier John Leguizamo
Doctor Gravity Donald Faison
Black Death Daniel Kaluuya
Genghis Carnage Tom Wu
The Tumor Andy Nyman
Insect Man Robert Emms
Mr. Kim Benedict Wong

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
US & Canada Other Countries Worldwide All time US & Canada All time Worldwide
Kick-Ass 26 March 2010 $48,071,303 $48,117,600 $96,188,903 #1413 N/A $30,000,000 [1]
Kick-Ass 2 14 August 2013 $28,795,985 $30,760,119 $59,556,104 #2289 N/A $28,000,000 [2]
Total $76,867,288 $78,877,719 $155,745,007 $58,000,000

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Kick-Ass 77% (244 reviews)[3] 66 (38 reviews)[4]
Kick-Ass 2 29% (154 reviews)[5] 41 (35 reviews)[6]

Future[edit]

A fourth graphic novel named Kick-Ass 3 was released in 2013 and is intended to close the story of both Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. Millar has stated that if Kick-Ass 2 is successful that a 3rd film will go into production soon. Taylor-Johnson, Moretz, and Mintz-Plasse have all stated they would reprise their roles for a 3rd film with Moretz stating "I want to see something we haven't seen yet. Now we've seen who Mindy is, now we've seen who Hit-Girl is, I think we need to meld the characters together and have Mindy become Hit-Girl and Hit-Girl become Mindy. Maybe her natural hair has a streak of purple in it, maybe she really does go kind of crazy and go a bit darker since she lost her father." She also added, "I would only do the third one if it was logical. It needs to be a good script and a director, probably Matthew (Vaughn). The third film needs to fully wrap up the series and has to be a good note to end on."[7] On August 30, 2013, Millar says that the film is in the pipeline.[8] While at a press conference for Godzilla, Taylor-Johnson stated that he was prepared to act in a third film, but he wasn't contracted for it and that there weren't plans for one at the time.[9] In May 2014, while promoting his new film Neighbors, Christopher Mintz-Plasse said that he hadn't heard anything about a new film, but expressed doubt that a third would be made due to the second installment's disappointing box office performance.[10]

In June 2014, Chloë Grace Moretz echoed her co-stars sentiments when asked about Kick-Ass 3, stating that "I hope, I wish. That'd be fun. That'd be great. I doubt it but I would love it". She also cited the second film's lower box office gross as the key obstacle to the third chapter being produced and suggested piracy was a factor: "The hard thing is if fans want a third movie, they’ve got to go buy the ticket to go see the movie. It was like the second most pirated movie of the year, so if you want a movie to be made into a second, a third, a fourth and a fifth, go buy a ticket. Don’t pirate it.”[11] In August 2014, Moretz told Digital Spy, "Sadly, I think I'm done with the character... I don't think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theatre. Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn't help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie - but because it didn't do so well, we can't make another one. If you want more than one movie, everyone has to go and see movies at the cinema. It's all about the numbers in the theatre."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kick-Ass (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kick-Ass 2 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kick-Ass (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kick-Ass Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kick-Ass 2 (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kick-Ass 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Moretz: Bugatti for Kick-Ass 3?". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Kick-Ass 3 in the pipeline
  9. ^ Kick-Ass 3 & Godzilla vs Kick-Ass - Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston & Gareth Edwards Interview
  10. ^ http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/kick-ass-3/235296/exclusive-christopher-mintz-plasse-doubts-there-will-be-a-kick-ass-3
  11. ^ "Did Piracy Kill Kick-Ass 3?". Movies with Butter. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Chloë Grace Moretz: 'I'm done with playing Hit-Girl'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 August 2014.