The moment has arrived: the first official red-band trailer for “Kick-Ass 2″ is here, and it’s happy to live up to its title. Based on the comic books written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita Jr., director Jeff Wadlow’s “Kick-Ass 2″ sees the return of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz as young vigilantes Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, as well as the transformation of Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Red Mist into an unbelievably evil super-villain with an unspeakably foul-mouthed name.
There’s enough to unpack from the “Kick-Ass 2″ trailer that we could be here all week analyzing every single detail. For now, here are the five key moments we’re most intrigued by:
Training Day: When last we left them, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl unveiled their true identities to one another on a rooftop in Brooklyn, just moments after defeating Frank D’Amico, the mob boss who had Hit-Girl’s father, Big Daddy, killed. Since then, they’ve taken their relationship to the next level: like her father before her, now Hit-Girl is the master, training Dave Lizewski in the ways of true ass-kicking. Even though he’s come a long way from his humble beginnings, it’s clear that Dave still has an even longer way to go under Hit-Girl’s tutelage, based on the opening scenes of the trailer — or, as she so eloquently puts it, “act like a bitch, get slapped like a bitch!”
Along For The Ride: In the comics that “Kick-Ass 2″ takes its cues from, Hit-Girl has hung up the purple wig, opting to pursue a normal life as normal Mindy Macready. Needless to say, retirement doesn’t suit Mindy as well as purple leather and lethal blades do. But she’s added something else to her arsenal, as the trailer makes clear: a purple Ducati to ride around killing bad guys on. Looks like Chloe got her wish after all!
Carrey Forever: A good chunk of time has passed since we last saw Jim Carrey in a comic book movie — but his “Kick-Ass 2″ character, Colonel Stars and Stripes, is a far cry from the flamboyant Riddler of “Batman Forever.” A combination of two characters from Millar and Romita Jr.’s comic book, Carrey’s Stars and Stripes is the leader of Justice Forever, a squad of vigilantes inspired by Kick-Ass’ actions. He’s deadly serious about the crime-fighting game — even if sicking a ferocious dog on a bad guy’s naughty bits still prompts big, Carrey-patented laughter from the camouflage-wearing hero. “Try to have fun,” he instructs Dave shortly after beating a security guard with a star-spangled wooden club. “Otherwise, what’s the point?”
He Who Must Not Be Named: The villain of “Kick-Ass 2″ sports a familiar face, as well as a nearly unspeakable new code name. Indeed, Red Mist has traded in his tame name for the considerably more vulgar Mother F—er. (We’ll let you fill in the blank for yourself.) “Wait till they get a load of me,” the vengeful nemesis of Dave Lizewski grins wickedly at the midpoint of the trailer, moments before we get our first glimpse at his massive Evil Lair. If that doesn’t send shivers down your spine, just wait until the movie hits; if director Jeff Wadlow keeps the character true to his comic book counterpart, fans are in for a world of hurt when the Mother F—er finally arrives.
Bloodbaths to Come: There’s a lot left to unpack in the “Kick-Ass 2″ trailer. We get an extremely brief look at the merciless Mother Russia, Chris D’Amico’s personal bodyguard, standing in the middle of an otherwise sunny neighborhood as a car explodes right in front of her. There’s a glimpse of a funeral — and while we won’t say who the dearly departed is, we promise you that tears aren’t the only thing that will be shed on that fateful day. None of that speaks to the looming presence of Nicolas Cage’s Big Daddy; despite his death in the first film, he’s referenced numerous times throughout the trailer, with his signature body armor making a curious appearance on a different character entirely. All of which is to say this: based on the trailer alone, “Kick-Ass 2″ looks just as faithful to its source material as the original Matthew Vaughn-directed flick. That’s a very good sign — and a very scary one, too.
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