Though some people may have enjoyed ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ it definitely didn’t achieve the same success as the first film that introduced us to the colorful cast of real world superheroes. In fact, chances of a third film were practically out of the question once box office numbers started rolling in. But according to the creators of the ‘Kick-Ass’ comic series, there’s still a chance that the trilogy could be completed.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources to promote the grand finale of ‘Kick-Ass 3,’ writer Mark Millar said that the door is still open for one more movie despite all the factors working against it:
“With ‘Kick-Ass’, it was a no brainer. It was made for $28 million and made $100 million back and then made another $140 million on DVD. So for the money guys, it was a $28 million investment that made $240 million. That’s a slam dunk. You’re getting your sequel. 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.”
However, if a third movie ever did come to fruition, some who won’t be called back for any sort of flashback or dream sequence is Jim Carrey. The veteran comedic actor played Colonel Stars and Stripes, an ex-mafia enforcer who turns away from a life of crime in favor of being a hero, but then he denounced his role and the movie for being too violent. Artist John Romita, Jr. shared his thoughts on Carrey’s actions and made it clear that we wouldn’t be seeing him again for more reasons than Mother Russia’s handy work:
“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. I say “our film,” because a lot of people worked on that. He made people suffer that had jobs and needed every dime from this. I’m not talking about Mark and I. I’m talking about people in the offices and people behind the camera that worked their butts off for this. He took money out of their pockets, and he should be ashamed of himself. I’ve always wanted to say that, and I’ll stand on a chair and look him in the eye and tell him that’s what I think.”
Moving past all the Jim Carrey drama, it is a bummer that there’s a chance that we won’t get to see the final chapter of ‘Kick-Ass’ unfold in theaters. Of course, we could always read the comics, but the story changed a bit when it moved from the page to the big screen, so hopefully Millar will continue to work his magic and squeeze one more film out of the studio for closure’s sake before Chloe Moretz is entirely too old to don the Hit Girl persona again.
What do you think are the chances of the world getting another ‘Kick-Ass’ movie? Do you think that ‘Kick-Ass 2’ would have done better if Jim Carrey had just promoted the film when it came out? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.