Director(s): Matthew Vaughn
Writer(s): Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage
Release Date(s)Apr 16, 2010 - Wide
How many people have watched a superhero as a kid and wondered how they would go about becoming one themselves? Sure not everyone could become Superman — he was born like that — or Spider-Man — he was bitten by a radioactive spider — but what about Batman? He was just an intelligent rich guy with a cool tool-belt. That’s the premise of the new movie Kick-Ass, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr.
Dave Lizewski decides to become the superhero Kick-Ass and dons a green and yellow wetsuit to head out and fight crime. He soon comes across a father/daughter team, Big Daddy and Hit Girl, and they become involved in a life and death struggle against mob boss Frank D’Amico.
Mark Millar got the idea for Kick-Ass by fusing together two ideas he had been working on. “I had a drawing of two superheroes — a young girl dressed like Robin and a big guy dressed like Batman. I loved those characters and decided to put them into something, but I thought they were too out there to be the leads,” says Millar. “Then I started to do autobiographical stuff — I had this notion when I was fourteen, of becoming a crime fighter in Glasgow. I thought it would be interesting to tell the story of that, had it happened. So then I had a drawing of a superhero going out on his first night, and getting stabbed and run over by a cab. Then I realized the two projects belonged together.”
Before he and artist John S. Romita Jr. had gotten very far, Millar got in touch with screenwriter Jane Goldman, wife of Millar’s friend, TV presenter Jonathan Ross.
“I think that Mark has had millions of brilliant ideas, but I could see why he was particularly excited and I shared his excitement,” recalls Goldman. “It is one of those ideas that makes you ask ‘God, has nobody done that? That’s insane!’ The very basic story of someone who loves superheroes deciding to give it a try without having any powers simply hadn’t been done before.”
Getting a studio on-board was a little harder for director and co-screenwriter Matthew Vaughn. “They all said no,” says Vaughn. “To their credit, most of them were just a straight no, bloody quickly, which doesn’t normally happen. Normally, they procrastinate. And most of them said they liked the concept, but only if it was done in a PG-13 manner&ldots; with no Hit Girl.” Financing the film independently solved that problem and strong reactions from San Diego’s Comic-Con and London’s Movie-Con helped them land distribution deals.
“It’s a love letter to comic books,” says Vaughn. “It’s a post-modern comic book movie, it’s a comic book movie for now. I feel that comic book movies have become creaky. You can’t get away with cookie-cutter superhero movies anymore, and I feel that kids are going to relate to this.”
You can partake in the superhero love letter when Kick-Ass opens in North America on April 16th, 2010.