The final installment of the Kick-Ass comic book series dropped this week, leaving some fans wondering if Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s ultra-violent superhero story will ever get closure on the big screen.
The 2010 movie Kick-Ass was a huge, surprise hit with its fresh take on the genre, as regular-ass-kid Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) donned a homemade costume and tried to fight crime despite being utterly unprepared.
The 2013 sequel was 10 times the violence and about 1/10 the heart of the original, and didn't make nearly as much money, which leaves the possibility of a third film up in the air, as Millar told CBR in a recent interview:
"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."
Romita Jr. obviously still blames Jim Carrey, at least in part, for the sequel failing to reach the level of success as the original. Carrey famously refused to do any promotion for the film after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying "I cannot support that level of violence."
Here's what Romita Jr. had to say, nearly a year later.
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.
In Ace Ventura voice: "Well, alrightey then."