Mar 13 2013 12:55pm

Get Knocked Around By the Awesome Kick-Ass 2 Red-Band Trailer

Kick-Ass 2 red-band trailer Chloe Moretz Hit-Girl Aaron Johnson Christopher Mintz-Plasse Jim Carrey

It’s here it’s here it’s here! MTV Geek just released the first red-band trailer for Kick-Ass 2, which sees masked crimefighters Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) a few years older, wiser, and better equipped to bring the smackdown on shady criminals. It’s a good thing that in addition to dealing with high school drama they’ve been training hard, because now they have to face off against Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who’s renamed himself The Motherfucker.

Not to mention a nearly-unrecognizable Jim Carrey as new masked hero Captain Stars and Stripes! This looks so good, you guys.

I’m just going to run through everything I loved about this trailer:

  • I’m excited to report that Chloe Grace Moretz looks to be just as shockingly hilarious as she was in the first movie, despite having gone through puberty in the interim. So yeah, the jokes about a little kid yelling the c-word at some baddies are gone, but she’s as foulmouthed as ever.
  • Kick-Ass 2 seems to spend as much time on the streets—with the cops cracking down on vigilantes—as it does in the high school cafeteria.
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse is the most fabulous hapless sidekick-turned-supervillain.
  • Jim Carrey is clearly filling the father-figure role vacated by Nicolas Cage (RIP Big Daddy), but I honestly didn’t recognize him from the gravelly, almost Sean Connery-esque voice. Either way, I’m glad to see that he’s distancing himself as much as possible from his other iconic superhero movie role as The Riddler.

Kick-Ass 2 red-band trailer Chloe Moretz Hit-Girl Aaron Johnson Christopher Mintz-Plasse Jim Carrey

Kick-Ass 2 red-band trailer Chloe Moretz Hit-Girl Aaron Johnson Christopher Mintz-Plasse Jim Carrey

Kick-Ass 2 red-band trailer Chloe Moretz Hit-Girl Aaron Johnson Christopher Mintz-Plasse Jim Carrey

Warning: As you’ve doubtless already guessed, it’s delightfully NSFW.

Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters August 16, 2013. That’s so soon!

Natalie Zutter is a playwright, foodie, and pop culture blogger. Her writing has appeared on BlackBook, Ology, and Crushable, where she discusses celebrity culture alongside internet memes (or vice versa). Weekly you can find her calling in to the Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast, reviewing new releases at Movie Mezzanine, and on Twitter.

Chris Nelly
1. Aeryl
Oh YAY!!!! Can't wait! My foul mouthed Hit Girl's all grown up!
Scott Silver
2. hihosilver28
I'm guessing that, once again, I'm going to be disappointed at the cartoonish bent the film will take. That really let me down in the first movie, as the comic went for the jugular and really committed to the idea of trying to be a super hero in real life. It also doesn't look as well-directed without Matthew Vaughn
Hedgehog Dan
3. Hedgehog Dan
(Actually, somehow I like the film better than the comic, but truth to be told, I am not particulary fond of Millar's cynicism... that said, I love his Red Son.)
Natalie Zutter
4. nataliezutter
@Hedgehog Dan - Red Son is the BEST. In fact, I completely forgot it's on my shelf and am now tempted to quickly reread it...

@hihosilver28 - That's interesting, 'cause I found that I really enjoyed the cartoonish bent. It's what made Kick-Ass so ridiculous for me. However, I also went in with absolutely no expectations, having not read the comic. What do you think of Hit-Girl being older--do you think it makes her more or less of a punchline?
Drake Stephens
5. MynameisDrake
First, yeah, Red Son's the best.

Second, I think the idea with the movie was to make it a pulpy, balls to wall live-action cartoon. It was the point the whole time. The script was developed while the comic was still being done, so I think Millar and Vaughn set out to make two separate versions from the start. And if what he's been saying recently is any indication, Millar LOVES this new flick.
Hedgehog Dan
6. Thaxll
F* yes! Looking forward to this.
Some of those scenes have me a bit worried though. I'm just hoping it doesn't turn into another situation were the sequel to one of my favorite films falls into the MOAR IS BETTAH! trap while loosing its soul and ends up an utter dissapointment...

No, I'm not bitter about The Boondock Saints 2 at all.
Hedgehog Dan
7. TheAdlerian
I view the film as a realistic satire.

1. Kick Ass is what would happen to YOU if you decided to be a superhero, at least in the beginning of the film.

2. Big Daddy and Hit Girl cover what Batman and Robin would be if they were real. Batman would have to be lethal and teaching a kid to be your sidekick would result in a brutal and deadly child.

I think the film is brilliant as a comment on comics. If you wish for this, this is how it would be.
Mordicai Knode
9. mordicai
2. hihosilver28
3. Hedgehog Dan

Yeah, count me as not a fan of Millar (exceptions do exist) but excited about these cartoonish adaptations. Way more fun than the original.
Scott Silver
10. hihosilver28
I know that the movie being ridiculous made it enjoyable for a bunch of people. I'm just saying that it violates the premise of the movie. "What would happen if someone tried to be a superhero in real life?" It considered this for the first third of the movie until *spoiler alert* it ends with the protagonist coming in on a jetpack with gatling guns mounted on it, before shooting the villian in the stomach with a rocket launcher that explodes in midflight. If that's not a Roadrunner vs. Wil E. Coyote, I don't know what is. I would highly recommend reading the comic, and it's only six issues, so it really would not take very long. Just be aware, it commits to the premise, and the results aren't always fun. But it is really good.

As far as Moretz being older; yeah it takes away some of the shock. But I think that's alright. People are still going to go in to see Hit Girl kick tons of ass, and as long as that's well choreographed, I think she'll still be a highlight.

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