by Ryan Rigley
"Kick-Ass 2" may still be a whole year away, but it feels as though its release is just around the corner. Last week, we were treated to a plethora of leaked set photos showcasing the villains of the "Kick-Ass" sequel; Mother Russia, Night B--ch, and of course, The Mother F-- uh... Red Mist. Clearly, this is not the same McLovin' that we've all grown to know and love.
There's no question that Christopher Mintz-Plasse did a terrific job of bringing the "Kick-Ass" hero turned villain to life up on the silver screen. But how does his portrayal of The Red Mist stack up against his comic book counterpart? Find out after the jump!
What Worked: The movie version of Chris D'Amico (a.k.a. Red Mist) sees him as the son of Frank D'Amico, a ruthless mob boss with a disgust for all things superhero. In the comics, it's Chris Genovese (son of Johnny Genovese): the only difference being the last name. In "Kick-Ass," Mintz-Plasse's Red Mist goes through a series of attitude re-adjustments; first, deciding to protest the hit put out on Kick-Ass and then, after the death of his father, proclaiming his need for vengeance. It's precisely this two-sided nature that makes Chris D'Amico seem like a living, breathing person; perhaps even more so than the Chris that we see in the comic book.
What Needed Work: When Red Mist is first introduced in the comics, he immediately poses a threat to Kick-Ass. Not so much in a villainous way as it is in a Kick-Ass 2.0 kind of way; he's cooler, he's got a nice sports car, and he's already taken down his fair share of Russian drug dealers. Clearly, Kick-Ass is worried that this new guy is going to steal the spotlight away from him. However, Mintz-Plasse's Red Mist seems equally, if not more, nerdy than Kick-Ass right off the bat. I mean, he trips and falls during his introduction for crying out loud. Why would Kick-Ass look up to someone who seems just as clueless as himself?
What Was New & Interesting: One of the major differences between Mintz-Plasse's Red Mist and the comic book Red Mist is the fact that we know his true identity from the get-go. In fact, we see Chris D'Amico come up with the idea to become Red Mist in order to gain the trust of the vigilante heroes. Conversely, in the comics, we don't even find out that Red Mist is the son of a mob boss until the last act of the story! Seeing Chris pitch the idea to his father shows us a whole new side to his character; unabashedly clinging to his love of superheroes yet desperately seeking his criminal father's approval.
The Rogue Report looks at comic book movie villains past, present and future to see how they handled the transition from the paneled page to the big screen. Suggest a villain for our next column in the comments or on Twitter!