This post will contain spoilers for both Kick-Ass movies and parts of the graphic novel.
In 2013, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Grace Moretz all returned to reprise their roles as Kick-Ass, Red-Mist/The Motherf***** and Hit-Girl for a second instalment of the franchise.
The film received mixed reviews; some suggested that the script was weak, the action lame compared to the original and that it had a lack of focus, however there were still many who enjoyed it, me being one of them but I think there are a few things that need to be improved upon for Kick-Ass 3 to be successful.
1: Matthew Vaughn back to direct
Part of the reason the first Kick-Ass...kicked ass was because of its director, he managed to lift the character off the page and bring it to life and make a fun, dark, comedy action flick with masked Vigilantes thrown into the mix, it also explored something original and fresh; what it would be like if we lived in a world full of Superheroes and approached it from a realistic point of view(Jet packs can't fly for much longer than 1 minute, I Google'd it)while still remaining comic-booky.
The second film tries to expand on this by just giving more of everything; more Superheroes, supposedly more violence and more ridiculous set ups e.g. The Sick Stick scene, which was unnecessary and quite frankly, a little gross(still kinda funny though).
Sorry Jeff Wadlow, you're just not the guy for the job.
2: All cast return
This is just a tiny thing, but I think I can speak for most of it's fan base when I say that every actor should reprised their role as opposed to a fill in actor...none of this Todd crap from Kick-Ass 2...I want Evan Peters, and preferably everyone else back for their characters, respectively.
3: Don't be too close to the graphic novel
It should be looked at as a movie, not an adaptation of something else, I mean...that's what it is but, you know what I'm saying; if need be, twist the story, the characters and the set ups, it shouldn't be a replica of the graphic novel, the first film was a good movie and it was adapted into something more than just its inspiration, some of the hardcore comic book fans may be disappointed at first, but if it's pulled off well...I don't think they'll care too much.
4: Make the audience care about the characters
If you remember the first film, there was only a small group of Superheroes, in the second, there are too many to even care about because you don't spend much time getting to know any of them; it had much more of an impact on you when Big Daddy died than when the Colonel died, that's because you got to know all the characters from the first movie and so liked them a lot more...quality over quantity, bigger isn't always better...you get the idea.
5: More Hit-Girl
The comic and movie have very different endings for Kick-Ass 2, in the comic book, Mindy gets caught by the police, saving Dave. In the movie, she leaves NY; I'm not sure what they're going to do next but a sequel is likely, either at the beginning of the film maybe Mindy gets caught and Dave has to break her out, or she returns to help take out the rest of the mob...whatever happens, there needs to be more of Hit-Girl and less of Mindy like in Kick-Ass 2; even though I found the mean girls aspect kinda funny.
6: Show real consequences
Near the end of Kick-Ass 2, Dave's father is brutally murdered, this is partially due to Dave continuing to be a superhero...and wasting Mclovin's Dad in the first film. We get to the funeral scene and the movies like "ya know what...this is boring, get somebody a grenade launcher!".
We never get time to soak in the emotion, in fact the funeral scene is literally about a minute long! They could of shown Dave deal with the loss, I would have preferred that a lot more, but he forgets it almost immediately...the ending just felt kinda rushed, it would have been cool to see how bad it effected him, and the guilt that would have weighed down on his shoulders...but no, the movie just gets to the final showdown and forgets most of the emotional s***.
Maybe they could kill off a main character or watch Dave grow from this experience, that would be interesting.
7: Don't continue the Kick-Ass/Hit-Girl romance
If you saw the ending to Kick-Ass 2, you know what I'm talking about; they hint at a romance between the two and all I could think of was the age difference, in both the film and real life!
Not only that, but it's just plain odd, I never saw them as romantically interested in one another, I saw them more like brother and sister, or best friends...
Honestly, I don't think it was a good move...maybe they could joke about it in the next movie, that would be kinda funny...I just hope they don't...take it to the next level, if you know what I mean.
I know that some people happen to like the idea, but I just don't see it working, sorry.
I would just like to thank the people who left positive feed back on my previous post, and the people who disagreed, thank you for not leaving hate comments. ;)