By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 13, 2013 at 12:02PM
Lo-fi, featuring stars that weren't household names and stamped with an R-rating, "Kick-Ass" gleefully twisted the superhero genre on its head to the tune of $96 million worldwide. Given all the factors above, that's quite a feat and, no doubt boosted by home video exposure, a sequel was greenlit. But can lightning strike twice? Will director Jeff Wadlow be an adequate stand-in for Matthew Vaughn? Well, see for yourself as the first trailer for "Kick-Ass 2" has arrived.
If the movie sticks to what happens in the comics, it will see Kick-Ass and Justice Forever doing battle with The Mother Fucker and his own band of super-villains, The Toxic Mega-Cunts, in a story that will likely very much earn its R-rating. Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns as the eponymous hero, along with Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, while the cast is rounded out by Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars -- an ex-mafia member turned vigilante who forms Justice Forever -- Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, John Leguizamo and newcomer Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia.
"There's going to get a bit more romance, a much more grown-up Mindy Macready," Moretz told Press Association last month about Hit-Girl. "Someone who's questioning themself and whether they are a villain, assassin or a vigilante and a hero. So there's a lot of tormented inner self, it's interesting."
Watch below -- thoughts? Opinions? Just as kick-ass as "Kick-Ass" or did this fall flat on its ass? The movie opens on August 16th. Updated: A new poster and six new images from the film have arrived as well.