— by CAM SMITH —
Even in the world of film, everyone loves to rally behind a dark horse. The recent money-printing success of “Paranormal Activity” is a testament to that. And with the invention of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, not to mention the mass media-driven popularization of Comic Conventions, it’s becoming easier for riskier niche investments to find a fervently passionate following.
Such is the case with “Kick-Ass,” an ultra-ironic superhero action-comedy smashing headfirst into theatres on April 16, 2010, which almost certainly guarantees to be a blood-soaked, profanity-spewing, bullet-streaked rockin’ good time.
To help raise awareness with those outside the film-geek contingent, Lionsgate Studios’ has given IGN an exclusive first-look at four character posters featuring the movie’s central crime-fighting vigilantes — consisting of Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), Red Mist (Christopher Mintz Plasse — aka McLovin) and, well, Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson).
While these poster don’t really reveal anything at all — and strongly resemble the “Spider-Man 2” teaser one-sheet — they do give a hint of the flick’s garish tone and unconventional cloaked crusaders.
Honestly, though, these posters are really only a fan tide-me-over until the teaser trailer drops next Friday on the film’s official site.
Based on the hit Icon Comics comic-book by writer Mark Millar, and directed by Matthew Vaughn (of “Stardust” & “Layer Cake”), “Kick-Ass” chronicles the exploits of young Dave Lizewski, an unremarkable teenager who decides to become an equally unremarkable masked hero. However, as Kick-Ass becomes embroiled in a community of fellow wannabes, he finds himself and his new allies hunted by some mighty nasty, vicious characters. Bloodshed and ass-kicking ensues. (Duh!)
While I didn’t think the movie adaptation on Millar’s “Wanted” was anything to high-five anyone over, the ‘net buzz on “Kick-Ass” is almost radioactively hot. Personally, I’m an easy mark for projects like this, so I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl on the first day of horse camp for this one.
And, if you’re truly super-hard to impress, consider that the film’s fight sequences are being co-coordinated by Mr. Damien Walters.
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