‘Kick-Ass’ Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

From character origins to Lady Gaga connections, here are some fun facts before you see the superhero movie.

To some, the simple knowledge that a film is now in theaters called “Kick-Ass” and featuring characters named “Big Daddy” and “Hit-Girl” is more than enough to get their butts into a theater seat. Others, however, may require additional information.

As always, we at MTV News are here to serve. That’s why we’ve prepared one of our cheat sheets for the eagerly anticipated superhero flick starring Nicolas Cage, Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz and a whole lot of ill-fated henchmen. Read on for all the spoiler-free details you need to know before seeing the movie — because, as another hero might say, with great knowledge comes great enjoyability.

13 Going on 30
Although Aaron Johnson, Clark Duke and Lyndsy Fonseca all shine in the flick, the breakout star has to be Hit-Girl, a.k.a. Chloe Moretz, who we targeted earlier this year as one of our 10 to watch in 2010 . Thirteen-year-old Moretz helps saves the day with her Big Daddy, played by Nicolas Cage. After watching the trailer, it’s pretty obvious she’s got some kick-ass moves herself. When MTV News caught up with Chloe on the red carpet at the premiere, the fast-rising star was excited to talk about the next film that could keep her momentum going: a remake of “Let the Right One In.”

Don’t Forget the Men
“Big Daddy” Cage, who once owned a $1.68 million comic book collection, revealed to us recently that he took on his kick-ass “Kick-Ass” role to pay homage to a certain legendary star: TV’s Batman, Adam West . And, of course, we can’t forget about the hero from the flick whose plan makes it all possible, Aaron Johnson . His homemade, green-suited character is a favorite from the movie, mostly because of his down-to-earth, underdog aspirations. His character is a good guy — who just happens to be really, really bad at fighting crime.

Super Heroes Behind the Scenes
With “Kick-Ass” now in theaters, the world can see what director Matthew Vaughn is capable of, and also what “Thor” and the “X-Men” franchises missed out on . Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. are the men responsible for the comic-turned-movie, and the translation has remained remarkably faithful. Millar himself sat in as guest editor for us during our recent “Kick-Ass Week” festivities and compiled his list of comic reads to feed your “Kick Ass” obsession.

Premiere Kicks Ass in L.A.
Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome hosted its own night to kick off the anticipated film with all the stars from the movie this past week. The celebs were excited to talk about the action flick — and offer a retort to those who have criticized its violent nature.

Everything From Feathers to Lady Gaga
When MTV News asked the cast what their dream superhero costumes would be, we found no lack of imagination. Would you ever believe that Moretz and Lady Gaga have something in common?

‘Kick-Ass’ Stars Reveal Their Favorite Ass-Kickers
Moretz and Mintz-Plasse recently stepped up to the plate and revealed to MTV News who their favorite ass-kickers were. Give it a read, then give the movie a watch — and you just might be choosing them for that title yourself after the weekend.

Are you excited to see “Kick-Ass”? Have you read the comics? Let us know in the comments below!

Check out everything we’ve got on “Kick-Ass.”

For breaking comic book movie news, columns and more — updated around the clock — visit SplashPage.MTV.com.