Several years after the events of the first film, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) have been taking it easy as unassuming teenagers Dave and Mindy, while their antics have inspired a new wave of masked crusaders to take up the cause against evil. Meanwhile, the surviving adversary from the first film, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), is reborn as “The Mother F---er,” out to avenge the death of his father and generally wreak havoc with the aid of his own cadre of supervillains.
Moretz and Johnson have both aged visibly along with their characters, though Johnson is now so ripped that his ability to pass as a high school senior is officially laughable. The real star of the trailer is Jim Carrey’s Commander Stars-and-Stripes, the leader of the outfit of masked vigilantes. Donald Faison, playing fellow hero Doctor Gravity, is unfortunately absent from the spot.
The first film wasn’t a substantial box office hit in 2009, but still generated enough attention to drum up hype for a sequel, thanks in no small part to Hit-Girl’s 11-year old potty mouth. The sequel comic the new film is based on came out just six months after the first film’s release. Matthew Vaughn, who directed, co-wrote and produced the first film, serves as producer only on the sequel while writer/director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down, Cry_Wolf) takes the reins.
Despite the change in command, the trailer does a great job at matching the energy and ridiculous bombast of the first film without spoiling much of the story or relying too heavily on shock value, because let’s face it, the sight of Chloë Moretz dropping f-bombs is no longer the jaw-dropping novelty it once was.
Kick Ass 2, based on the blockbuster comic series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., hits theaters August 16 from Universal Pictures and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, and Jim Carrey.