With Kick-Ass 2 expected to be released in theaters in August 26th, it’s time to talk about what we know based on the book, and what we can expect based on the approach as a movie.
After Kick-Ass’ insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the bad-ass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist, reborn as The Mother Fucker, only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. But, the Mother Fucker, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme, if you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.
What we know is that Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Now for what we can expect. We can expect, like the first movie, for this to be humorous. This is nothing special given the graphic nature of the books. The first movie was turned into an action/comedy and was very successful as an adaptation for it. In order to continue reaching a broader audience, Kick-Ass 2 will have comedy as well. You see this in the trailer and makes it look more appealing. Compared to the books, it also seems like there will be more emphasis on Hit-Girl’s adjustment to a normal life. This was something that we saw in the Hit-Girl spin-off, but it seems that is going to be integrated as well. Despite the difference in Big Daddy’s role between the first movie and the books, it looks as though they will have Kick-Ass try to live up to his standards as we see images of him wearing Big Daddy’s armor.
What we can also expect is for Katy to have a bigger role because in the movie here she is still Dave’s girlfriend. In the book she never gave him a chance, but here she’s going to stand out a bit more and maybe have a bit more influence on the plot.
As seen from the pic above, we will also see a focus on the entirety of Justice Now. In the books you knew that there were many heroes following Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl’s lead, yet you never saw many of them together till the final fight. In this case, it looks as though more will get screen time in order to show the impact they had on the world with their feats of heroics.
Last, we turn things over to the Mother Fucker’s side, we have the integration of a number of his lackeys which create Black Death. If you read the books you see three of his teammates that have a skull somewhere on their face, one of them being black, two of them being white. All three are now combined in the film to create Black Death who seems to be a major player given his appearance on a poster.