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Millar's 'alternative' superhero

movie promises to kick some ass
A Sgt Pembry Preview ......................................Thursday, November 18, 2009

YOU know it's going to be something different when Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar get-together for a film. In this case it's Kick-Ass, the left-of-centre superhero movie that was overlooked by many a Hollywood studio before Lionsgate finally snapped it up earlier this year.

Set for an April 2010 release, Kick-Ass is based on the cult comic book series created by Millar, with illustrations by John Romita Jnr.

Millar is a soon-to-be 40-year-old Scotsman who has worked with both comic heavyweights DC and Marvel, but really came into the spotlight when James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman helped bring his own popular series, Wanted, to life on the big screen.

The ambitious Millar has had plans to also create his own Superman movie franchise, one that sounded fricking awesome I might add, but has put them on the backburner.

Instead, we will have to settle for Kick-Ass and its lead character New York City high school student Dave Lizewski.

While's no Man of Steel, Kick-Ass as his crime-fighting alter-ego becomes known as will certainly make one interesting character on the big screen.

He's a bit like Spider-Man's Peter Parker but without any superpower at all, just a super dedication to become a costumed vigilante like his heroes in the comics he reads.

After practicing things like walking on roofs, Dave sets off to foil crime, but at his first attempt is beaten to a pulp, and then hit by a car, resulting in four months on crutches.

Dave is soon back in action however, and when he does actually do some good - such as saving a man from a robbery - an onlooker catches the scene on camera and uploads it to YouTube, turning Dave into an overnight sensation.

Director Vaughn has been the man responsible for Kick-Ass the movie.

Guy Ritchie's best man at his wedding to Madonna, Vaughn was producer on Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) before helming his own pictures in Layer-Cake (2004) and Stardust (2007), another comic book adaptation, this time from the brilliant Neil Gaiman (Beuwolf, Coraline).

Vaughn dipped into his own pocket to help get Kick-Ass made.


Young British actor Aaron Johnson (recently seen in Nowhere Boy) is playing the title character, while Nicholas Cage (a self-confessed comic book geek) and Chloe Moretz co-star as a father-daughter team who become allies of Dave.

A strong support cast includes Mark Strong (RocknRolla, Stardust) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (who was the legendary McLovin from Superbad).

There has always been a mixed reaction to superhero movies. For all their fanfare, they usually turn out to be some sort of failure.

Some make millions upon millions at the box office, but are rightly panned mercilessly by critics and general film-goers - Spider-Man 3 (2007) - while others are box office bombs despite receiving due recognition for being well-crafted motion-pictures, Unbreakable (2000).

While non-traditional superheroes have been less likely to succeed, Kick-Ass might just live up to its name.


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