Matthew Vaughn confirms more Kick-Ass on the way

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Matthew Vaughn has revealed that a new chapter in the Kick-Ass movie franchise is currently in the works.

When director Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass launched  in 2010, it felt like a bold, fresh deconstruction of what was then a blooming trend in cinema. With the twin successes of Iron Man and The Dark Knight having made 2008 a breakout year for superhero films, the emergence of Kick Ass two years later – a story based on a ‘real’ attempt by a teenager to become a superhero – satirised these films and demonstrated the potentially elastic nature of the genre. It also spawned a less successful sequel three years later.

It’s been a decade now since we’ve seen a new Kick-Ass movie, but Vaughn has revealed that plans are in the works to revive the series with a third instalment. It’ll reportedly feature a new cast of characters but will be set in the same world as the prior films.

Speaking at New York Comic Con, Vaughn said, “Kick-Ass sort of changed people’s perception of what a superhero film is at that time. So we’ll be doing it again. So it’s none of the characters from the other Kick-Ass. We’d like to bring them back after the reboot. This reboot is just going off on a tangent that I can’t really talk about now. But it’s fun.”

As far as we can tell, Vaughn didn’t confirm whether he will direct or produce the film, but he’s a busy man indeed given that he has spy thriller, Argylle due next year, not to mention plans for another Kingsman film.

Of course, 13 years on from the original Kick-Ass, the superhero world finds itself in a very different place, what with waning interest and overexposure being real factors standing in the way of its continued dominance.

Should a new Kick-Ass film tap into this current state while maintaining the anarchic tone of the original, it could once again feel like a pointed and timely commentary on the superhero world. It’s also worth noting that in the years since the first film’s release, ‘real-life’ superheroes became an actual thing for a while with the Rain City Superhero Movement being led by real-life ‘crimefighter’, Phoenix Jones. That all ended pretty badly from what we recollect, and we wonder if those events might somehow play into a new Kick Ass film. Rest assured, we’ll certainly bring you more as we hear it. Knew that’d put your mind at ease.


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