Chloë Grace Moretz is back as Hit-Girl in a still from "Kick-Ass 2." (Universal)Link
Actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse face off in a still from "Kick-Ass 2." (Universal)Link
Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes in a still from "Kick-Ass 2." (Universal)Link
Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are back. The teenager-turned-masked-crusader and his foul-mouthed young friend return to the big screen in “Kick-Ass 2” this August. And if the new red-band trailer for the film is any indication, the sequel is going to have just as much over-the-top violence as the first film.
“Kick-Ass” raised eyebrows when it was released in 2010 for what some critics said was gratuitous violence, and for the steady stream of profanities uttered by Chloë Grace Moretz, who played the 12-year-old murderous vigilante Hit-Girl.
“’Kick-Ass’ is the movie our parents warned us about, the movie you don’t want your children to see,” wrote Times film critic Kenneth Turan. “A highly seductive enterprise that’s equal parts disturbing and enticing, it will leave you speechless because its characters — especially a 12-year-old virtuoso of violence named Hit-Girl — are anything but.
The sequel to 2010’s “Kick-Ass” sees the return of the unlikely teen superhero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz). This time around they are joined by other self-made masked crusaders, including the born-again ex-mobster Colonel Stars and Stripes, played by a grizzled-looking Jim Carrey.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse is back as well. He has changed his name from Red Mist to something we can’t publish here. He’s also changed his costume to what looks like an S&M version of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman getup. Meow!
“Kick-Ass” and “Kick-Ass 2” are based on comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. The series was constructed simultaneously as a comic book and film project.
The first “Kick-Ass” film was directed by Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men: First Class,” “Stardust”), but the sequel was directed by Jeff Wadlow (“Never Back Down,” “Cry Wolf”).
If violence and bad words don’t freak you out, you can watch the red band trailer for “Kick-Ass 2” here.
— Deborah Netburn