Kick-Ass Movie, Literally

Posted by Grey Sunday, November 29, 2009

Superhero movie is getting an ass-kicking treatment, as Mark Millar's runaway hit creator-owned series gets its hollywood release.

Rumored to have its film rights sold even before the first issue were off the shelves (goes a long way to illustrate the monster appeal of the superhero genre to Hollywood), Mark Millar's creator-owned series, published by Marvel Comics under the its Icon imprint alongside Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's Criminal, has been a breakout hit series since its release in April 2008.

With a refreshingly intriguing take on superheroics, Mark Millar introduces the tale of an ordinary comic-book-reading kid who took his inspirations from the "funny books" a little too serious. Having zero abilities and training, Dave Lizewski, an otherwise average high school student took on the role of a costumed crime-fighter with the titular codename, Kick-Ass, with obviously disastrous results. What got this tale going is its unique realistic writing, putting together daily modern elements such as Youtube (when a bystander recorded Kick-ass's "heroic" antics on his mobile and posting it on Youtube) and MySpace (where Kick-Ass sets up a MySpace account for people seeking help from the hero), and realistic response from the usual people.

Perhaps this is what that had gotten Hollywood's enthusiasm rising. Despite the participation of Nicholas Cage in the cast as Big Daddy, the trailer of the film, which has just been fully released (it was released earlier in its teaser form during Comic-Con), does seemed appropriately well-made, probably due to the total absence of Nic Cage, I must add. Nevertheless, viewers who are unaware of the source material might write this off as another superhero spoof comedy with the trailer's overt concentration on its comedic strengths but not its dark, violent side.

For those interested in knowing further details on the adaptation, do check out the official site. In the meantime, the official trailer, as embedded below.


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