The sequel to "Kick-Ass" promises to be dark, intense, hyper-violent, sexual and, according to the director, "not a Marvel movie."
No offense, Marvel.
"This is not a rinse and repeat sequel," said director Jeff Wadlow, at a panel at the Comic-Con fan convention in San Diego on Friday. "We put them through the meat grinder."
The trailer certainly seemed to back that up, with the original "Kick-Ass" character Aaron Taylor Johnson – all grown up withserious muscles – and Hit Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz – even more grown up in other places – attacking criminals with vigilante ferociousness.
The trailer had Hit Girl (back in her purple wig) shooting a security guard in the face, blasting Johnson with a great long-barrelled pistol and using a tire iron to break the bones of a dirtbag thief.
Universal will be distributing the movie, which will be out on August 16. Lionsgate distributed the original which developed a cult following, but was not the massive blockbuster that the original buzz suggested. (The first one, directed by Matthew Vaughn, made $96 million worldwide, and cost about $30 million.)
The villain of the movie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, was at the panel, and described his character as "intense" and “dark."
"The edges are pushed in this movie," he said, noting a costume change from the original to a "gimp outfit."
“But we took out murdering a dog from the script. And raping somebody – that was taken out of script. It was very intense to play."
The panel also introduced a number of new characters to the sequel: Lindy Booth as Night Bitch, Donald Faison as Dr. Gravity and John Leguizamo as Javier