Jeff Wadlow talks Kick-Ass 2
It’s been nearly 2 weeks since we heard that Kick-Ass 2 is finally getting off the ground, and to be honest after nearly two years years of stalling we didn’t want to get our hopes up. But with casting in full swing, a director and writer on board and Stuff Apparently Happening, it looks like the much awaited sequel is finally on-track. Splendid.
So what is it we can expect from Kick-Ass 2? According to director Jeff Wadlow, it’s all about connecting with the emotional journey beneath the lolzy blood-shed:
“I think the most important thing that’s gonna change from the Kick-Ass 2 comic to Kick-Ass 2 the movie was just really finding an emotional story to tell.” he said at this weekend’s Kapow! Convention, “Because what I certainly loved about the first film, and what I think elevated it above most comic book adaptations, is the heart and the emotion in it.”
So whose journey is it we’re going to be focussing on? By all accounts, it might well be that of Hit-Girl, played by the frustratingly talented Chloe Moretz.
“If you’ve read the comic, you know, she gives up being Hit-Girl, which was a brilliant idea I thought on Mark’s part. It’s something I explore quite deeply in the movie because what happens in the comic is she sort of steps away from the story in many ways,” He explains. “She’s sort of sidelined while Dave is working with Justice Forever and Chris is becoming The Motherfucker. But I was quite interested in what happens to her when she’s not being Hit-Girl. Her story is a major, major part of the film and she’s excited about the ideas and we’re in talks.”
Thing is though, anyone up on their Kick-Ass comic fun knows that Kick-Ass 2 is actually the third in the Kick-Ass series (stay with us), as Mark Millar is currently working on a Hit Girl spin-off that chronologically occurs between Kick Ass 1 + 2. So if we know that the third book/film in the series is going to be seriously Hit Girl heavy, does it make sense to focus on her character arc in the second film? Or do we need to make sure that Aaron Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Red Mist get a good innings while they can? It’s all to play for.