Director Matthew Vaughn will bring his big-screen adaptation of "Kick-Ass" to San Diego this month, and along with joining members of the cast on the "Kick-Ass" Comic-Con panel, he'll also debut the first footage from the much-anticipated film.
In an interview with MTV News, Vaughn shared some details about exactly what fans can look forward to seeing during Thursday's "Kick-Ass" presentation.
"There will be at least four scenes from the first act," he explained, "then a minute's montage of what's going to happen in the next two acts. ... They're all good scenes. Not the best scenes in the movie, but they set up what the film is about."
Vaughn said the decision to select specific scenes from the first act instead of putting together a full-on trailer came from seeing far too many "great trailers for crap movies" in the past. Instead, he opted to let actual scenes from the film do the talking.
Even so, Vaughn said he's still cutting it close with what he brings to Comic-Con -- and isn't likely to have time to polish everything up for fans.
"I've got seven scenes at the moment, and I have to get it down to four," he said. "I'm literally sitting here and editing right now. It's coming straight from the Avid [video editor], so it's not going to be some highly polished thing like everybody else's."
Nevertheless, Vaughn said it was important to debut the first footage at Comic-Con, the mecca of comic book movies, for obvious reasons.
"We are a genuine comic book adaptation with comic book authors involved in the production of the movie," explained Vaughn. "It's really important to me that fans of the comic like the film. I'll be more upset if fans of the comic hate the movie than anybody else."
While Vaughn said he still isn't certain when audiences will be able to see the film in its entirety (the final cut should be ready in 3-4 weeks), he is planning to screen one of the recent cuts for the series' writer/co-creator, Mark Millar, later this week. The cast will then get their chance, and with any luck, the rest of the world will soon follow.
You can catch Vaughn, as well as "Kick-Ass" stars Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse ("Superbad"), and comic artist/co-creator John Romita Jr. from 5:45 to 6:30 on Thursday, July 23, at the Comic-Con "Kick-Ass" panel.