After the surprise success of Kick-Ass, there is certainly no surprise that there is a shout for a sequel. But Mark Millar, one of the co-creators of the Kick-Ass comic books has revealed that the team making the sequel may not be the same.
“The thing about the first movie is that it kind of exploded all our careers. So everybody involved suddenly got hired for a million different things, and re-forming the band again would be impossible”, Millar told the L.A. Times.
He continued, “getting Matthew [Vaughn] to direct or Jane [Goldman] to write a movie at this budget would be very difficult because they’re superstars now and they have projects of their own.”
Vaughn teamed up with Goldman for X-Men: First Class which had great success. But both are now working on new projects.
Millar also expressed concerns over the age of the cast, “there’s a window because the actors are all supposed to be in high school and if this came out after 2013, for example, that window would have closed.”
Vaughn has a knack for making these superhero movies that are actually quite good and it would be a shame for him not to reprise the role.
But it is not all doom and gloom for the prospect of a Kick-Ass sequel as Millar cheekily remarks, “I obviously know more than I can say”. Hopefully that means something kick ass is in the pipeline.
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Don’t knock it til’ you’ve tried it because Kick-Ass sure as hell wont disappoint. It isn’t some superhero spoof film plastered with embarrassingly poor jokes and slapstick action (although a little never hurts), but a visually impressive, revitalising take on the high school film genre, crossing Superbad and Kill Bill with a tint of Sin City and a nod towards the plethora of superhero movies of recent times. Spearheaded by daring director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layer Cake), Kick-Ass is a well thought out, darkly funny and explosively exciting, action comedy.
If you were a superhero, what super power would you have? Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), comic book buff (or nerd), would answer “none”. Apparently you don’t need to get a spider bite to become a superhero nowadays, all you need is the internet to order a green ninja costume and a never say die heart, and voila, we have Kick-Ass. After gaining internet fame with his vigilante antics, Kick-Ass attracts the attention of mobster boss, Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) who wants him killed. His son, Chris D’Amico (Superbad’s McLovin’, Christopher Mintz-Plasse) becomes villain Red Mist in an attempt to bring down the man in green. Lucky for the powerless Kick-Ass, superhero tag team Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) combine some swish moves that would make The Avengers green with envy.
Big Daddy is the kind of dad that would shoot you at point blank range to toughen you up and then take you for an ice cream to show his appreciation of your achievement, and I kid you not, he actually does that. The relationship marked by such tenderness is one of the great successes of Kick-Ass. As individuals also, these two hold their own. Cage brings the dead-pan comedy, whilst 13 year old Moretz steals the show, f’ing and blinding her way through the film, showing great versatility, dropping the C word one moment, then displaying great depth in emotion as well as comedic flare. In fact, the whole cast joined well, and glasses must certainly be raised to the writing combo of Vaughn, Jane Goldman and comic book creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Not only are the characters vibrant, but director Vaughn makes Kick-Ass a pleasure on the eye. It’s the way this film pays homage to the comic book and video game that tickles the fancy. Blood spurting out of bodies, action speeding up and slowing down, night vision and a slick battle sequence lit by pulsating strobe lights kept the film pumped with energy. Vaughn expertly delivers this Tarantino-esque violence, all the while reminding us of the high school context of the plot. Kick-Ass has a crush on out of his league girl Katie Deauxma (Lyndsy Fonseca) who thinks he is gay and the love story plays out along these lines. Vaughn is clearly the perfect bartender, shaking up a cocktail that will make you shout Woo Woo.
Kick-Ass is not farcical or crude, but refreshing and daring. It moves from one mood to the other, flying through the realm of emotions, but steered on the right course by Vaughn. Certainly not the film I was anticipating Kick-Ass to be, but the unpredictability of it, surpassed my expectation, making it a pleasurable surprise indeed.
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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS: Released 1st June 2011
Recharged and revamped, the X-Men franchise returns with the prequel, X-Men: First Class. Matthew Vaughn leads the fresh cast, having most recently directed superhero comedy Kick Ass. First Class does its best to continue the trend by, well, kicking ass.
Set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis, X-Men: First Class charts the beginnings of Professor X, Magneto and the rest of the heroes. Metal manipulating Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) is on a revenge mission to find Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), the man who killed his mother in a Nazi concentration camp. Along the way Lehnsherr meets Oxford genetics professor and mind reading mutant, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), who is after the same man. With Shaw’s plan to begin a nuclear war, the CIA recruit the mutants to stop the imminent mayhem and along the road they discover their true abilities, personas and allegiances.
The visual effects in the film were truly impressive, meaning the big, loud parts were verging on believable. Tidy and well thought out, the action sequences in First Class were edge-of-your-seat good. The final scene was truly climactic, following multiple battles and storylines and bundling them all up into a big storm of awesome.
First Class relies heavily on the bromance between Magneto and Professor X, which was developed wonderfully. Sharing each other’s personal history in an affecting exchange, provided the tenderness that made these superheroes more human and identifiable with us, and when combined with high-octane scenes, created a brilliant balance of compassion and excitement. Even action fans like to be moved every now and again.
Raunchy and action-filled but still sprinkled with some more delicate scenes, X-Men: First Class provides a fast-paced and entertaining retake on 60s American history. They should be changing the history syllabus to include the antics of the X-Men – we bet it would reduce truancy.
(Originally published on itchy.co.uk)
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