Kick-Ass (film series)

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Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass & Kick-Ass 2 Collector's Edition Blu-ray.jpg
Based on Kick-Ass
by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
Starring See below
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Lionsgate (1)
Release date
2010 – present
Country United States
Language English
Budget $56-58 million
Box office $156,9 million

Kick-Ass is an 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, being inspired by his interest in comic book superheroes, sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself "Kick-Ass", and joins forces with "Hit-Girl" and "Big Daddy" to keep the streets of New York City safe and take down the criminal D'Amico family.

Films[edit]

Kick-Ass (2010)[edit]

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)[edit]

Future[edit]

Kick-Ass 3[edit]

A fourth graphic novel named Kick-Ass 3 was released in 2013 and intended to close the story of both Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. Millar has stated that if Kick-Ass 2 is successful, a third film will go into production soon. Taylor-Johnson, Moretz, and Mintz-Plasse have all stated they would reprise their roles for a third 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."[1] On 30 August 2013, Millar says that the film is in the pipeline.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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 file sharing 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.”[5] 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."[6] In June 2014, Millar confirmed that the plans for Kick-Ass 3 will indeed move forward as the fan base is strong enough for interest to be sustained.[7] In August 2014, Millar confirmed that the plan has always been to make three films based off the three books.[8] In August 2014, Millar said a third film is still up in the air and that it's ultimately Matthew Vaughn's decision as he has the film rights.[9]

In June 2018, Vaughn announced various films in development under his new film studio, among those projects is a third Kick-Ass film.[citation needed]

Hit-Girl[edit]

In January 2015, Millar revealed that there was a planned Hit-Girl film with Gareth Evans directing, but the film got cancelled.[10] On 11 February 2015, Vaughn did talk about writing the third film, hoping to bring back Taylor-Johnson and Moretz to finish the film's story and even wanted to do the Hit-Girl film as a prequel first. He stated "If that happens, I’m pretty sure I can persuade Aaron and Chloe to come back and finish the story of Kick-Ass."[11][12] He also confirmed that he would not be the director of Kick-Ass 3 though.[13] On 17 June 2015, Vaughn stated in an answer to Yahoo that he is working on a prequel on how Hit-Girl and Big Daddy became superheroes and plans to make Kick-Ass 3 after that.[14] He stated that, "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."[15]

In June 2018, Vaughn discussed the projects he is developing under his new film studio, and Hit-Girl is moving forward, though the director stated that the film's plot is still being finalized.[citation needed] Later that month, Moretz stated that she had lost interest in reprising the character in either Kick-Ass 3 or the Hit-Girl spin-off due to the negative reception of the second film.[16]

Released
Film Release date Director Screenwriter(s) Producers
Kick-Ass April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16) Matthew Vaughn Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack and David Reid
Kick-Ass 2 August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16) Jeff Wadlow Matthew Vaughn, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack and David Reid
Upcoming
Untitled Kick-Ass film TBA TBA TBA Matthew Vaughn
Hit-Girl TBA TBA TBA

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 / The Motherfucker
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
Damon Macready
Big Daddy
Nicolas Cage   Photograph
Frank D'Amico Mark Strong   Photograph
Big Joe Michael Rispoli
Det. Vic Gigante Xander Berkeley
Sal Bertolinni
Colonel Stars and Stripes
Jim Carrey
Katryna Dubrovsky
Mother Russia
Olga Kurkulina
Miranda Swedlow
Night Bitch
Lindy Booth
Uncle Ralph D'Amico Iain Glen
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

Additional crew & production details[edit]

Film Composer(s) Cinematographer Editor(s) Production company
Kick-Ass Henry Jackman
John Murphy
Marius de Vries
Ilan Eshkeri
Ben Davis Eddie Hamilton
Pietro Scalia
Jon Harris
Marv Films
Plan B Entertainment
Kick-Ass 2 Henry Jackman
Matthew Margeson
Tim Maurice-Jones Eddie Hamilton Universal Pictures
Marv Films
Plan B Entertainment
Dentsu

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 million [17]
Kick-Ass 2 14 August 2013 $28,795,985 $30,760,119 $59,556,104 #2289 N/A $28 million [18]
Total $76,867,288 $78,877,719 $155,745,007 $58 million

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Kick-Ass 76% (244 reviews)[19] 66 (38 reviews)[20]
Kick-Ass 2 31% (189 reviews)[21] 41 (35 reviews)[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moretz: Bugatti for Kick-Ass 3?". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kick-Ass 3 in the pipeline". Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kick-Ass 3 & Godzilla vs Kick-Ass - Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston & Gareth Edwards Interview". YouTube. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  4. ^ David Crow (2014-05-05). "Exclusive: Christopher Mintz-Plasse Doubts There Will Be A Kick-Ass 3 | Den of Geek". Denofgeek.us. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Did Piracy Kill Kick-Ass 3?". Movies with Butter. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chloë Grace Moretz: 'I'm done with playing Hit-Girl'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Stevens, Michael (2014-06-05). "SNEAK PEEK: "Kick-Ass 3": 'Hit-Girl' Becomes 'Hit-Woman'". Sneakpeek.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  8. ^ "'Kick-Ass 2': Mark Millar Has Eyes On Completing The Trilogy - MTV". Splashpage.mtv.com. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  9. ^ "Millar & Romita "Kick-Ass" Until The Very End". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  10. ^ Tilly, Chris (27 January 2015). "Mark Millar On The Hit-Girl Movie That Never Was". IGN. 
  11. ^ "Matthew Vaughn Talks 'Kick-Ass 3′ and 'Kingsman 2′". geek outpost. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "MILLAR & ROMITA "KICK-ASS" UNTIL THE VERY END". CBR. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Maidy, Alex (11 February 2015). "Exclusive: Matthew Vaughn Shares Details On Kingsman 2 and Kick-Ass 3". Joblo. 
  14. ^ Bovingdon, Edward (17 June 2015). "Matthew Vaughn Confirms Kick-Ass Prequel And Sequel Plans (Exclusive)". Yahoo Movies. 
  15. ^ Paclibar, Jenah (24 June 2015). "Kick-ass 3 news: Director Matthew Vaughn teases Kick-ass 3 and Hit Girl prequel; series creator Mark Millar reveals talks are informal". Vine Report. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Dry, Jude (June 19, 2018). "Chloë Grace Moretz Isn't Interested in 'Kick-Ass 3' After the Way 'Kick-Ass 2' Was Handled". Indiewire. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Kick-Ass (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Kick-Ass 2 (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Kick-Ass (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Kick-Ass Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Kick-Ass 2 (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Kick-Ass 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 

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