When released in 2010, Kick-Ass was a very different kind of comic book movie. Based on the series of the same name written by Mark Millar and drawn by John Romita, Jr., the story of Dave Lizewski was a brutal, irreverent, and oddly grounded take on a real, normal kid trying to become a superhero. It’s sequel, 2013’s Kick-Ass 2, had a different writer/director, and was far less well-received than its predecessor. One man that noticed this perceived drop in the franchise’s viability was its cinematic originator: director Matthew Vaughn. It’s one thing to notice it, though, and quite another to do something about it.
In a Q&A with Yahoo! Movies, Vaughn revealed that he’s not done with the film franchise he helped to create five years ago. In fact, in order to get it back on the right footing, he wants to go back and explore its breakout character even further. He said,
[I’m] not happily done with the [Kick-Ass] franchise. […] We’re working on an idea for a prequel of, ‘how did Hit-Girl and Big Daddy become Hit-Girl and Big Daddy.’ 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.
He also added that he’s more than aware of the fact that the second film didn’t connect with people, and sees these possible new ventures as an opportunity to rescue the franchise before it either gets too deep in bad material, or before it gets forgotten altogether.
I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with Kick-Ass.
In 2010, the original Kick-Ass film grossed over $96 million worldwide on a budget of just about $30 million. The comic book series that spawned it premiered in 2008, finished in 2010, and received general critical acclaim. The concept to the series was so strong that film rights to the series were sold well before the first issue was even published.
What do you think? Are you ready to revisit the world of Kick-Ass, or should Vaughn leave well enough alone? Leave a comment below, and be heard!
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