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KICK-ASS Hype and Sequel Talk

Plus: GREEN HORNET, LOSERS, GREEN LANTERN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     April 09, 2010
Source: Mania


Kick-Ass 2 enters theaters on August 16, 2013.
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There's plenty 'Kick-Ass' hype online and sequel talk as well. Plus: Producer describes 'Green Hornet' techniques. 'Losers' footage all over the place. Writer talks 'Green Lantern' tone and more! Sending warm vibes out to Tiger fans, it's your Comics2Film 10.4.9!

 

 

 

BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD - Chill of the Night

Batman gets all dark and broody on this week's episode of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' (well, as dark and broody as this show is able to get, anyhow). We've got clips and images from the segment which features Zatanna, The Spectre and The Phantom Stranger, along with guest voices by Adam West and Julie Newmar. Click through for the preview!

 

 

Guggenheim on GREEN LANTERN

Hero Complex had a chat with writer Marc Guggenheim, who is producing the new superhero-oriented TV show 'No Ordinary Family' and helped craft the script for the 'Green Lantern' movie.

Naturally he was tight-lipped on details about DC Comics' galactic guardian, but offered these insights for fans:

"Honestly, I can only speak for the tone of the script because the tone of the film is really the province of the director and they've only just started production," Guggenheim said.  "However, our goal from the outset was to write a movie that was extremely faithful to the comic book and that includes the tone.  In other words, it's not broadly comedic or silly.  Nor is it overly dark. It's very much in keeping with the spirit of the character."

Click through for more from the man about his new TV show.

 

 

Olivia Wilde all a-Twitter over COWBOYS

So, actress Olivia Wilde, who stars in the upcoming 'Cowboys & Aliens' got the news that she'll be sharing the screen with Harrison Ford. She posted her reaction on Twitter:

"Um...Whats up Harrison!, no... Hi Han!, no no that wont be good. How bout Indie! I love you! ? oh dear."

The man is nefarious.

 

 

Hero Confab on SMALLVILLE Finale

Mark Ausiello at EW.com picked up on the news that Alaina Huffman will reprise her role as Black Canary on the May 14 season finale of 'Smallville'. He tells his readers that she's not the only hero returning for the episode, called "Salvation."

Fans can count on Hawkman, Cyborg, and Stargirl putting in an appearance as well.

 

 

Tony Stark Announces Stark Expo

Well all know that Stark Expo 2010 plays a part in 'Iron Man 2'. Now Marvel.com has a memo from Tony Stark himself explaining his reasons for reviving the company's classic technology show.

 

 

GREEN HORNET...in Kato-Vision!

Collider.com continues their series with producer Neal Moritz who revealed some interesting details of Michel Gondry's 'Green Hornet' movie.

Moritz expressed his skepticism over the glut of 3D movies and hopes the studios will be selective about which movies are released in 3D in order to keep the experience special. However he does admit that Sony is doing test footage of 'Green Hornet' to see how it looks converted to 3D.

He also had some interesting comments about what Gondry is bringing to the film.

"I watched the first hour on Friday. We showed the first hour. We brought Sally Menke who edited 'Inglourious Basterds' to come in and edit the movie. She showed us the first hour, myself and the studio on Friday. We’re thrilled at what we’re seeing," Moritz said. "Obviously taking a combination of two genres action/comedy…super hero comedy and bringing them together. The hardest part of that is what is the tone of the movie? And I think we’re able to capture a really real good tone for the movie that also lends itself to the humor that Seth does but it’s really grounded real humor vs. broad silly humor. But with great action and with Gondry’s visual flair. I mean we saw a very early version of a fight scene that he’s doing where we do a thing called Kato Vision where Kato can kind of see things before it happens in fight scenes so he knows how to take people out. And it was amazing."

Fans who saw 'Sherlock Holmes' last year saw something which sounds very similar to what Moritz is describing. However the producer said that it is not the same.

"It’s a very different kind of thing because this is all told visually vs. in 'Sherlock' Downey kind of talks his way through what happens," the producer explained. "This is all very quick. And it basically what it does for the fight is Kato kind of sees it split seconds before in his head and knows how to actually….we see pieces of it. We don’t know how he’s going to put it together and then he puts it all together."

'Green Hornet' arrives in theaters this December.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Moritz on PREACHER, THE BOYS, more

In a separate piece, Moritz also commented to Collider.com on plans to adapt Garth Ennis' comics 'Preacher' and 'The Boys' to the big screen.

"We now have a terrific script that John August wrote," Moritz said of the 'Preacher' feature which he hopes to begin filming in 2011. "We were originally talking with Sam Mendes about doing the movie. Sam Mendes is going to go off and do the Bond movie, so there’s another director that we’re talking to right now."

As far as 'The Boys' goes, Moritz indicated that he's had some positive meetings on it.

"I have a meeting with a director that I would really like to do the movie with today. There’s a number of actors coming forward saying they want to do the movie," Moritz said. He also said there's no firm time-table in mind. "We’re not in a hurry to do it. We want to do it right and we got a really good faithful to the comic book script that [Manfredi and Hay] wrote...And we love what they’ve done with the script. And we’ve been very careful there’s been a number of people wanting to do the movie. We’re very careful how we’re going to put that movie together."

 

 

Producer talks DANGER GIRL movie

Remember 'Danger Girl'? Once upon a time it was a hot, hot comic from J. Scott Campbell and Wildstorm and was rife with big-screen pontential. Today it's a dead franchise.

Or is it?

Hero Complex talked with producer Adrian Askarieh who said he's still working to develop the movie version of the comic with director Todd Lincoln.

"I would describe it  as  'Kill Bill' meets 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' with the 'team' element of 'Mission: Impossible.'  I would say to the uninitiated that the book is a smart, hip, fun and beautifully drawn love letter to the best action/adventure movies of the last 30 years," Askarieh said. "It is the story of a lost girl who, through this incredibly kick-ass adventure, finds her destiny, comes of age and helps save the world. What’s interesting is that our director, Todd Lincoln, who will also be executive producer on the project, my producing partner on this, Daniel Alter and myself were all independently huge fans of the book.

"When the opportunity arose to do this together and to work closely with creator J. Scott Campbell, we couldn’t resist because of that “tip of the hat” sensibility the book so effectively embodies," he continued. "It is truly an iconic property which for a while...was the best known non-Marvel/DC comic book out there."

Click through for more comments from the producer about the film.

 

 

LOSERS Footage-O-Rama!

The movie doesn't open until April 23, but there appears to be tons of new clip reels for 'The Losers' on they interwebs today.

Five new TV ads for the movie are up on YouTube. Watch 'em all! 1 2 3 4 and 5.

And then MySpace has unveiled a new sizzler reel that is pretty darn cool. Yep. Chris Evans is awesome.

 

 

C2F Saw KICK-ASS

C2F caught a sneak of 'Kick-Ass' last night. We'll leave the full review to our critic Rob Vaux, but will say that the movie is terrific.

It hews very closely to the comics and improves on it many ways save for one wonky thing towards the end that we didn't like. We were actually surprised that a few moments of it were fairly moving. We're becoming big fans of Clark Duke. The make-or-break factor for most people will be whether you find the vulgarity and violence of Chloe Moretz's Hit Girl amusing or repellent (we were in the camp of the former).

On the Mania letter grade scale Comics2Film scores 'Kick-Ass' an "A-". Go see it on April 16th.

 

 

Millar talks KICK-ASS Sequel Stories

IGN presents a video interview with Mark Millar in which he talks about potential directions for 'Kick-Ass' sequels. The comics creator said he doesn't see the comic running on forever, but rather has a concise vision for it.

"I can't imagine doing it for more than three [mini-series], but I've got three worked out," Millar said. "I've got a potential sequel set maybe 10 years in the future...The second one is what if people tried to be bad guys in reaction to the super heroes. What if bad kids tried doing this?"

He likened the phenomoneon to "happy-slapping" - where kids cam-phone each other hitting total strangers in the face, but with costumed villains. Then the costumed heroes would react and the authorities cracking down on the whole phenomenon.

IGN asked Millar if Hit Girl will become even more violent and foul-mouthed in the sequel?

"I think we'll go the other way with Hit Girl in the sequel," Millar said. "The idea that I have in my head is...imagine 'History of Violence'. The idea of someone who's been through all a lot of stuff, she's an amazing fighter and everything but she has to repress all and live a normal life and pretend she's just another kid."

Millar describes a scenario where she's playing with girl toys and doing girl things, all the while Hit Girl is inside fighting to come out.

"Then when she does cut loose again it's gonna be amazing. I'm not sure when this will be. It might not be the second one."

Click through for the complete video interview.

 

 

More bits O' KICK-ASS News

Bleeding Cool reports that tracking data on 'Kick-Ass' suggest interest in the movie has plateaued. Nielsen tracking data indicates that "total awareness" of the film climbed from 50% to  61% which is good. However, the needle on "definite interest" in seeing the movie has only nudged up 3%, meaning few people have been converted by the recent marketing campaign. Interest from women is also up slightly.

Bleeding Cool continues to use the ensemble comedy 'Death at Funeral' as a baseline for comparison. 'Kick-Ass' has seen about the same tracking and trajectory as that movie, but 'Death' has a much more modest publicity campaign.

So 'Kick-Ass' may not be the box office blockbuster Mark Millar has been telling us it will.

Elsewhere, director Matthew Vaughn talks to Heat Vision about 'Kick-Ass'. The Q & A contains significant spoilers about one particular point of divergence from the comics, but offers some interesting insights into where the comic and film differ creatively. Click through for the complete interview.

Also, if you're in Los Angeles on Monday there's an event you might be interested in. Hot Topic on Hollywood and Highland is hosting a meet and greet with the cast of the film on Monday, April 12th at 5PM. Fans are invited to wear your favorite superhero costume for the chance to win tickets to the premiere and some 'Kick-Ass' prizes. You'll need to buy a 'Kick-Ass' t-shirt from Hot Topic to get your wrist band for the cast signing.

Hey -- you may even see Tara Perry there and get on the Maven cam! (This has not yet been confirmed for C2F).

 

 

French KICK-ASS Trailer

And here's another trailer from 'Kick-Ass' -- this one coming from French markets.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Wyldstaar 4/9/2010 7:35:00 AM

I saw the Batman episode Chill of the Night a couple of weeks ago, and it was actually very good.  For the most part, I don't care for Brave and the Bold, but this one worked.  Not only do Adam West and Julie Newmar do voices, but so do Batman: TAS allums Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamil and Richard Moll.

Hobbs 4/9/2010 8:14:53 AM

Trust me Olivia, Harrison should be more happy to be filming with you than the other way around.  In fact, I think you could kick Alley Mcbeal to the curb and get you some of that if you truly want. 

gauleyboy420 4/9/2010 9:31:25 AM

Glad you liked Kick-Ass Rob! It's so good! I can't wait to see it again!!!

Personally I think Plateauing at 60% is good for a "superhero" movie no one knows anything about. Excitement and interest will increase once the word of mouth gets out there. This movie is so good, it'll be a sleeper hit. Hate on it if you want, but don't do yourself a diservice by missing this one... SO GOOD!

I LOVED Hit-Girl, and the juxtaposition of a little girl handing out the best beatdowns in the film, with a mouth like my mother is one of the great things about this film.

On a side note, I love how FAUX News is running reports about how wrong this is and how it's harmful to Chloe. They say she is in danger from performing this role, and basically she shouldn't have been allowed to do it, and it sounds like they want someone to step in and protect her... WTF!!??? The network that screams about staying out of others buisness, and personal rights is OK with telling Chloe Moritz parents what they should let her do???!!!! Hypocrytical much?

It's a baseless argument look at all the F-ed up former child actors that played goody-two-shoes throughout history. They FAR outnumber the F-ed up former child actors that played darker more serious roles...

 

PREACHER MOVIE SWEEEETTT!!!! At first I thought this would be better as an HBO series, but now I think a movie may be the way to go. There were a good many sub=plots that could be cut without being detrimental to the main plot. It definitely dragged a bit in the middle.

thecheckeredman 4/9/2010 9:43:15 AM

On the fence about KICK-ASS -- never read the comics, I'm not a big Mark Millar supporter...

CHILL OF THE NIGHT looks great!!  Can't wait until tonight!

SMALLVILLE.........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........-snort-.........wha!....eh?.............hurm.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

I always kind of hoped DANGER GIRL would get some big-screen love.  It just feels right...

animefanjared 4/9/2010 9:46:17 AM

I definitely don't think Kick-Ass will be a blockbuster along the lines of Iron Man, Batman, or Spider-Man.  But considering it was made independantly for what I assume is a modest budget (anyone know what the actual dollar amount is), I think it does stand a good chance of turning a profit.  The fact that all the fanboys seem to love it will help, because fanboys are pretty reliable for repeat business if they like something that much.

Chadghostal 4/9/2010 10:18:42 AM

Always loved Danger Girl. Hope this happens.

fft5305 4/9/2010 10:44:10 AM

IMDb lists the estimated budget at $30M.  I have to admit, I'm getting kinda jacked to see it.  I'll have to wait a little, since I won't be able to see it opening weekend, but I'll get there.

Losers looks good. Not overly original, but fun. And Evans & Morgan are cool. And Saldana is hot! I'll check it out.

fft5305 4/9/2010 10:49:46 AM

Anyone else having trouble with the MySpace "sizzler reel" for The Losers? I just get a bit white space.

cail00 4/9/2010 4:30:20 PM

Upload your own Kick-Ass review in the FANS ONLY tab on facebook! http://bit.ly/9uWTkf

Calibur454 4/9/2010 5:38:43 PM

I remember the danger girl comic- I read the hardcover collection I managed to borrow from a friend- think of it as a charlies angels meets james bond type of thing- plenty of eye candy and gadgets-

The story wasn't to bad the artwork was increible

Kick-Ass- I downloaded the soundtrak to this from i-tunes and was surprised at how good it was, I was expecting a lot of instramental scores but was surprised to see that they were all songs instead.  I can't wait for this movie.

Interesting ideas for Kick-Ass Sequels. From the end of the first comic mini series it looks like the stories can tie in well together. personally I'd let hit girl make appearances in the second movie wishing she could be in on the fun and let her cut loose in the third.

Looking forward to the boys more than I am Preacher. I'm sure I'll check Preacher out too but the boys will be first on the list

 

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