EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Cage & Chloe Moretz To Wear ‘Kick-Ass’ Comic Book Costumes, Says Director

Kick-Ass” fans, don’t be fooled by the images of Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl circulating around the ’Net — the father-daughter vigilante team of Nicolas Cage and Moretz will indeed dispense brutal justice while wearing their costumes from the comic.

In an interview with MTV News, “Kick-Ass” director Matthew Vaughn said promotional images of the film’s pre-teen vigilante sporting a schoolgirl outfit and gun don’t actually depict her costume for the film, and like her “Kick-Ass” co-stars Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, she’ll have a costume modeled after her comic book counterpart.

“That’s not her costume. No one’s seen her costume yet,” Vaughn told MTV News of the various images that have appeared online. “That’s just part of a plan to take some people out. That’s her alter ego.”

Vaughn said that all of the costumes in the film were lifted as directly as possible from artist John Romita Jr.’s designs — even those we haven’t seen yet.

“We have to hold some stuff back,” laughed the director. “But yes, they’re 100-percent wearing their costumes from the comic.”

Vaughn’s desire to remain faithful to the comic extends well beyond the costumes, too. When asked whether he’ll tone down the series’ much-discussed level of violence (including various acts of dismemberment, bludgeoning and one scene in which Moretz and Cage’s characters execute a criminal using a car-crusher), Vaughn’s response was immediate.

“It would be like me buying the rights to ’The Exorcist’ and saying ’We’re not going to make a horror film out of this,'” he said. “What’s the point of doing a watered-down, diluted version of it? You end up with a film that I wouldn’t want to make… or see.”

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.