Much like the first film, Kick-Ass 2 promises to be filled with plenty of violent, bloody, R-rated fun, so as a result this new green band trailer, courtesy of Universal Pictures, probably isn't the best way to get a sense of what the movie will be like. As a result, however, this new spot for the movie seems to be an experiment in seeing just how far you can push that "acceptable for all audiences" line. Sure, you can't have Christopher Mintz-Plasse saying his character's name (The Motherfucker) or Chloe Moretz calling a van full of bad guys "cocksuckers," but apparently it's totally fine to have Aaron Taylor-Johnson get slapped "like a bitch" and for Jim Carrey to laugh about a guy getting his balls bit by a dog.
When it comes right down to it, there isn't really any new footage in this trailer - just edited down versions of scenes we've already seen. So the question comes right down to why make the trailer at all? If the R-rating is meant to keep kids under 17 out of the theater any way, why bother releasing a trailer that tries to appeal to them? It's easy enough to just attach the red band trailer to R-rated movies in theatrical release, so I'm not entirely sure who this spot is for.
Directed by Jeff Wadlow and based on the comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., Kick-Ass 2 finds the titular hero (Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Moretz) inspiring a wave of costumed vigilantism and joining forces with others who wish to see the streets rid of crime. Unfortunately, however, with the growing number of heroes comes a growing number of villains, led by Chris D'Amico (Mintz-Plasse), who is out for revenge against the man who killed his dad. Jim Carrey, Clark Duke, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, and Donald Faison co-star in the film, which will be in theaters August 16th.