The teaser trailer for writer-director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass leaked online last week. Premiere(FR) spoke with Vaughn(Layer Cake/Stardust) on the phone recently, and posted the interview on top of the trailer to serve as commentary.
Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson, The Illusionist/Nowhere Boy), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name — Kick-Ass — assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There’s only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz, 500 Days of Summer) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage).
Vaughn explains how adamant he was about grounding the film in reality, as to not send kids the wrong message. But the best insight he gives, is a relaying of how someone described the film to him, "It's like teenage Tarantino." That's a PERFECT way to describe the humorous but violent tone they straddle in order to bring the comic to the big-screen.
Check out the commentary and let us know what you think!