Vaughn exhorted fans to give his film (adapted by Jane Goldman from the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. comic) a thumbs-up on the 11-minutes he showed, and they enthusiastically did. The crowd gasped with surprise at clips from this audacious, smart action satire, which throws conventional expectations out the window: Nic Cage shoots at his 14-year-old daughter (Chloe Moretz)—to teach her how to take a hit in a bullet-proof vest; a caped would-be superhero leaps off a tall building with a single bound—and plummets to his death. The movie is funny—but it’s also the sort of crazy execution-dependent picture that distribs insist on seeing in full. Even if it plays great at Comic-Con.
I spoke to Lionsgate's Joe Drake at the Con, and he was definitely tracking the hard R flick even though its action heroine is a young teen. I figured it had two proper homes: Lionsgate or Screen Gems. WME aggressively sold the $45 million film; they screened it for distribs at the DGA back in L.A. the Tuesday after Comic-Con.
The marketing will be key, as the movie falls into the tricky action-comedy genre. What matters is that it looks like a lot of fun.
Here's video from the Kick-Ass Comic-Con panel.