When Kick-Ass first arrived on the big screen in 2010, I think it's fair to say it took a lot of us by surprise. The sequel, however, never quite lived up to the high standards set by its predecessor. It's not even that the sequel was that bad, it seemed more to do with the fact no-one actually seemed to really care a whole lot about it. It was just, y'know, a bit 'meh'.
Now, the original comic-book creator, Mark Millar, is discussing the possibility of a third Kick-Ass movie. It seems that at the minute, a [Kick-Ass 3](movie:400219) might be possible, but I wouldn't hold your breath. Although the first movie generated a healthy profit, it seems the lackluster sequel could have thrown a spanner in the works. He explained:
The second one didn’t make as much. It cost a little less at around $24 million, made $61 million and made about $100 million again on DVD and TV rights. It was still profitable. It was by no means The Lone Ranger. But does that mean we’ll make another one again? I don’t know. It’s definitely up in the air, and we’ll just have to see. Matthew [Vaughn] is a guy who I trust to make that decision. If he decides he does want to do it, I know he’ll get it done well. And he’s got the movie rights, so it’s ultimately his decision. I speak to Matthew every day, and we haven’t discussed ‘Kick-Ass 3,’ so who knows? The option is always open.
But, when it comes to apportioning blame for the relative failure of Kick-Ass 2, co-creator and artist John Romita, Jr. knows exactly where to take aim: Jim Carrey. Prior to the release of Kick-Ass 2, Carrey publicly stated that violence in movies, such as in Kick-Ass 2, was contrary to his anti-gun sentiments. That's something that didn't go down well with Romita. He stated:
As for Jim Carrey, I know I’ll never work with that bonehead again, so let me say this. I think Mark and I have talked about this before, but here’s a guy who could have capitalized on the character he played and played it toward his anti-gun stance. The character he played gave up weapons – gave up guns — and became a good guy. Anybody with three quarters of an education could have figured out how to fold that idea in with their anti-gun ideas. He’s not a smart enough guy to do that. He cashed his check and took his money, and then he went and pulled a bunch of crap on our film. He took money out of their pockets, and he should be ashamed of himself.
So, it seems that the state of Kick-Ass 3 is a bit of a limbo. It is entirely possible that we will get a new sequel, especially if Kick-Ass 2 performs well in the home release market. However, I still wouldn't be surprised if the stars, and Matt Vaughn would prefer to go elsewhere.
Kick-Ass 2 was...