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It was four whole years ago that Matthew Vaughn brought the first footage from Kick-Ass to Comic-Con and blew away Con-goers who had no idea what to expect from a lesser-known comic book about an average kid who tries to turn himself into a superhero. Now Kick-Ass 2 has brought Hit Girl, Kick-Ass, Red Mist and more back to Hall H, and now you can see the brand-new, extended and very filthy look at the film that screened for Comic Con audiences just minutes ago.
The beginning of this trailer is a direct reference to one of the most heavily promoted and darkly funny scenes in the original Kick-Ass, with Nicolas Cage's Big Daddy training his daughter Mindy (Chloe Moretz) to become the fearsome Hit Girl by shooting her in the chest. The scene in the original has some perfect comic timing, and while this version seems a little rushed-- and since we know Mindy's going to shoot Dave, a.k.a. Kick-Ass, in the chest it's a bit less surprising-- we won't hold it against newcomer director Jeff Wadlow. There's a ton of footage to get through here, after all, including the introduction of Jim Carrey's Colonel Stars and Stripes and the transformation of Christopher Mintz-Plasse's Red Mist into the villainous Motherfucker. Seriously, we warned you that this stuff was not safe for work!
Wadlow is already garnering huge buzz even though nobody can admit if they've seen Kick-Ass 2, signing on to direct an X-Force movie for Fox as well as a speedboat action movie (really) called Go Fast. And though the original Kick-Ass was a weird box office flop when it first opened, it eventually made nearly $100 million worldwide, suggesting there are plenty of people who want to see more of Chloe Moretz beating the shit out of grown men. Now that she's older the shock has worn off a little… but given that this is the girl who's about to get bloody and crazy at the center of the Carrie remake, we'd never underestimate her ability to surprise.
Kick-Ass 2 comes to theaters August 16, and given the timing ought to have a much better chance of taking advantage of Comic-Con buzz than the first one did, opening a full 10 months later. Does this trailer have you guys any more interested in seeing it?