How can you say no to this face:
Kick Ass is a comic released by Marvel Comics under its ICON imprint and is written by Mark Millar and drawn by John Romita, Jr. Kick-Ass explores what would happen in the real world if someone were to don a costume and fight crime—it isn't pretty. The series is enjoyable and isn't finished (the last issue is scheduled for a September 9 release.) Amazon is offering a preorder on the trade paperback. Get it while its hot.
The movie apparently follows pretty much the same plot as the comic story. The film has been adapted and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake). The cast features Aaron Johnson, who stars as Kick-Ass, a teen who steps out of his house one day and starts to fight crime even though he has no superpowers. Lyndsy Fonseca co-stars as his leading lady. The film also features Nicolas Cage as an ex-cop whose hatred of a drug lord forces him to train his daughter (played by Chloe Moretz) to be a lethal vigilante named Hit Girl (who, I predict, will be the break out star of the movie).
The first clip showed a perfect reimagining of the comic book opening with music from Superman and a hero poised to jump off a roof. You can guess that it doesn't end well.
The next clip showed a scene with Cage training Moretz in what could only be described as a Child Protective Service agent's worst nightmare. And despite the cruelty behind this disturbing scene, Cage and Moretz play the banter well, are likable and funny. The remaining clips show 1) Kick-Ass in action (or rather inaction) with music from the Dark Knight and 2) Kick-Ass's confrontation with some thugs culminating in a great action scene involving Hit Girl. (I assume it is latter that received the above-mentioned standing ovation.) I did find it odd that a Marvel property would use so much DC music, but I assume that will change in the final film.
I should note that Millar also wrote the original Wanted story, which became a very successful movie that had very little to do with the comic series that inspired it. Based on the clips, it appears that Vaughn is staying very true to the comic book source material.
As of the day of the Panel, the movie had yet to find a distributor. I hope that has changed. It looks like a great movie.