‘Kick Ass’ Set Update From Creator Mark Millar and First Photos

Next year’s release of Kick-Ass will mean different things to different people. For fans, it will be fun, cinematic escapism. For creator Mark Millar, it’ll be “the greatest movie of 2009.” And for me? For me it’s become the first Nicolas Cage movie in a very long time that I’m extremely eager and excited to see. My excitement just started a few minutes ago (yes I’m slow) when I read the following from Millar’s day one set report from the film’s shoot in London.

“Coincidentally, the first scene shot on the movie was the first scene I wrote on the comic (now the opening to issue six) and it’s Hit-Girl in her secret identity, wearing a Hello Kitty T-shirt and a kevlar vest as her Dad pumps round after round into her chest so she knows how a bullet feels. I loved the scene in the comic, I loved the scene in the screenplay, but Nic just took it to a whole new level with his delivery, the genuinely mental glee and beautiful comic timing as we see this little kid in pink clothes and a pink hat blasted back into mud in an abandoned factory… All I’ll say is that nobody is going to be prepared for this movie when it opens late Summer 09. Nobody is going to have seen anything like this before and that’s very, very exciting.”

Good god this sounds great. And I can already see troubles with the MPAA. Millar acknowledges as much with the opening to his post.

“Holy fuck.
We are all going to…
a) Hell
b) Prison
c) Both.
But it’s worth it, believe me. If I absolutely have to go to jail for a comic-book movie then I accept no substitutes. This is the one. I hereby declare Kick-Ass as the greatest movie of 2009.”

Millar also had glowing praise for the scene’s two stars, Cage and Chloe Moretz.

“But nothing– I mean nothing– can prepare you for Nic and Chloe as Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. As I said to Nic after the first scene was shot on Saturday morning, this is a movie about comic-book guys MADE by comic-book guys. We are absolutely in our comfort zone here and doing something really special. Cage’s eyes just gleamed. He said it’s the most excited he’s been by a role in a long time… You heard it here first: Chloe Moretz is going to be a superstar after this picture. There are so many great actors and characters running around here, but this kid is just spectacular. I hung out with she and her Mum and older brother all day yesterday and she’s brilliantly unaffected by it all, switching from cute as a button eleven year old to potty-mouthed sociopath the moment Matthew yelled action. I have already nicknamed her Han Solo because she’s going to be the one every kid wants to be when they see this thing as an illegal download.”

It’s nice to see Millar embracing the reality of illegal internet downloads so openly… Kick-Ass is based on an ongoing comic book series following the adventures of a teenage kid who decides one day to be a superhero. He has no special powers or skills mind you, but that’s half the fun. Joining him on his adventure are Big Daddy and his ward, Hit-Girl, a father/daughter duo with the father as trainer and the daughter as a ten-year old crime fighter. Kick-Ass is directed by Matthew Vaughn who previously made the awesome Layer Cake and the abysmal Stardust.

Check out Millar’s full set report here, and head over to TheBadandUgly for more on-set photos (unfortunately not of the shotgun and Kevlar scene.)

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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