Is Kick-Ass looking at a three-peat? According to Mark Millar, the creator of the comicbook series on which the movies are based, it’s all still up in the air.
The Matthew Vaughn-directed 2010 “Kick-Ass” was a huge surprise hit, recruiting Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the unlikely titular superhero and Chloe Grace Moretz as the ferocious Hit-Girl. It brought in nearly $100 million at the box office on a tiny $28 million budget and, according to Millar, earned $140 million on DVD sales.
“Kick-Ass 2,” in 2013, however, failed to impress as much as its predecessor, even with new cast addition Jim Carrey and director Jeff Wadlow (“Never Back Down”), so prospects of a three-quel are unclear, as Millar recently explained to Comic Book Resources.
“The second one didn’t make as much.” he said. “It cost a little less at around $24 million, made $61 million and made about $100 million again on DVD and TV rights. It was still profitable. It was by no means ‘The Lone Ranger.’ But does that mean we’ll make another one again? I don’t know. It’s definitely up in the air, and we’ll just have to see. Matthew [Vaughn] is a guy who I trust to make that decision. If he decides he does want to do it, I know he’ll get it done well. And he’s got the movie rights, so it’s ultimately his decision. I speak to Matthew every day, and we haven’t discussed ‘Kick-Ass 3,’ so who knows? The option is always open.”
The sequel was surrounded in controversy during its release, thanks to Carrey publicly speaking out against the film’s violence, in line with his anti-gun stance. The comicbook co-creator, artist John Romita, Jr., sounded off on his thoughts on that as well.
“As for Jim Carrey, I know I’ll never work with that bonehead again, so let me say this,” he said. “I think Mark and I have talked about this before, but here’s a guy who could have capitalized on the character he played and played it toward his anti-gun stance. The character he played gave up weapons – gave up guns — and became a good guy. Anybody with three quarters of an education could have figured out how to fold that idea in with their anti-gun ideas. He’s not a smart enough guy to do that. He cashed his check and took his money, and then he went and pulled a bunch of crap on our film.”
“He took money out of their pockets, and he should be ashamed of himself,” he added.