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The First Official KICK-ASS Images Are Online Now!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I’m working on my set report for this film right now. I spent three days watching them work in London in October, and I honestly think this one’s going to knock people out when they see it, even if they have no idea what Mark Millar’s book is. Right now, the mainstream audience seems primed for this sort of post-modern take on the superhero story, and I think they’ll really appreciate the way this film is obviously set in our world. Not the DC Universe. Not the Marvel Universe. Not even a world like ours, but where heroes are real. Nope... this one’s set in our world, and these characters have all soaked up the same pop culture you have, and even the dude in the suit is just a dude in a suit, with no superpowers or anything that makes him special. A few outlets were invited to the Toronto location shoot for the film, and that’s where Newsarama watched them shoot a pivotal scene in the film, where Dave (Aaron Johnson) actually steps up and stops a crime for the very first time. The costume is pretty much exactly like the John Romita Jr. design in the comic, with one key exception. They’ve modified the mouth of the mask so that you can see more of Aaron Johnson’s face. It allows them to keep him in the mask but still allow him a full range of expression. I prefer this solution to the way Spider-Man seems to constantly be rolling his mask up or taking it off so that we can see Tobey Maguire’s face. Here’s a great close-up of Aaron in costume:

If you’d like to see Newsarama’s other exclusive photos, check out their story, and next week, we’ll have some more exclusive photos from the film for you, as well as a fairly detailed look at Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Vaughn, Chris Mintz-Plasse, and Aaron Johnson all hard at work on one of next year’s most interesting releases.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by Tar Heel

    Is this the one where McLovin plays one of the villains? I'm not familiar with the comic. Somebody fill me in.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by blindambition238

    Looks like a costume done by someone who is trying to copy what the costume sort of looks like in the comic with cheaper materials rather than what it actually is supposed to be (a wetsuit with crap on it).

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by drturing

    ill give you the benefit of the doubt mori because you're usually right, but this looks terrible.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Tar Heel

    by blindambition238

    Its supposed to be about a kid who exists in our real world and decides to try and be a comic book superhero in real life. Except real life is a bit less conventional and harsher so fucked up violence and accidents ensue. At least that's what it was for the first 2 issues. I stopped reading after that...

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    .........? *sneeze*

    by sleepytones


  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by hyperboycomics

    This could be fun!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by Sin86a

    That looks really weak. In the comic it was a wetsuit. The least they could have done was use the wetsuit. It looks like a bad Halloween costume. Oh and Tar Heel the story is basically a comic geek decides he wants to try to become a super-hero for real. He gets his ass handed to him and tries again (getting put on youtube in the process) and becomes something of a local celeb. From there it seems as if he gets in over his head when he meets two other "heroes" that are much more violent tan him. No one knows too much beyond that however, because only a few issues have been released. Actually there hasn't been an issue in months. The movie will probably be on DVD by the time the comic is finished.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by the milf lover

    looks like it's gonna be difficult to avoid spoilers. Yes, I know I can NOT look at the articles, what I mean is that I'd just like to be able to read the damn comic story without having all kinds of shit about the movie production telling me every new details and how it's gonna fucking end!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Teaser Poster Idea

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    I'd like to see a teaser poster that re-creates McNiven's #1 alternate cover. THAT would be sweet.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    <p>Looks EXACTLY like the comic.</p> <p>I'll admit I'm skeptical, but it looks great..."</p>

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    looks pretty sweet

    by brandon11

    or are we gunna jsut be negative about it for the sake of sounding superior over something?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Not read the comic but Vaughn is directing so I'm there.

    by tolomey

    Layer Cake is awesome and Stardust is one of the better family films in recent times. It's a shame that we never got to see his take on X-3 or Thor but I'm sure he has got plenty more left in him. In fact, if this works out and the team on Vaughn and Millar work well together then hows about teaming up for another superhero know, the one about the boy from the doomed planet of Krypton

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Dude knows how to sew.


  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    <p>Good point.</p> <p>But then again, so did Peter Parker...</p>

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    The Comic Book sounds Interesting

    by Phategod2

    Maybe I'll check that out.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    i am so fucking sick of fandom!!

    by thecrimsoncurse

    fuck all of you. this picture looks pretty damn good. i'm so nauseous over all the undeserving masturbatory shit storms geeks kick up. watchmen, quantum of solace, star trek, and now this. you are all so fucking ungrateful. there is so much good shit in the pipeline, i would never have imagined possible 10 years ago. i wish i had a cnn hologram of each of you slugs on my desk while i read your little diatribes. flames, nipples, squids, wetsuits, god! eat shit and live.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by chezlyons

    Amen, brother.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Good lord!

    by TheGoddamnSiege

    The comic book started in April of this year, and they're ALREADY shooting a film adaptation? I'm looking forward to seeing this film and all, but give me a fucking break. TOO SOON!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Ew... those lips...

    by JasonGrey

    I've read two issues of kick-ass and can't say that I was impressed. The decision to make his lips visible is so stupid although I get why they did it. But still... it really ruins the design. Either way... I'm curious to see how this turns out.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    bring out the gimp

    by Darth_Inedible

    Something about having the mouth cut out like that doesn't work for me.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Nicolas Cage is in this!?!

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    oh crap...

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Darth_Inedible Johnson is RIGHT!

    by James Westfall

    That IS shades of the Gimp. Wow this looks like a suck fest. But then Millar's always been a hack.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Yep...Still Waiting For Issue 5

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    And know waaaay too much of the story already. This is going to be the end all be all. Looks amazing

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Looks good so far

    by WaitingforAvengers

    Hope they keep the squid in the end.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Interesting precedent

    by sean bean

    Will the film wrap up the storyline before the comic does? And the comic is pretty brutal - I'll be interested to see how much of the decapitations and mutilations stay in.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    I really enjoyed Layer Cake. From the feel of that film, it looked like Vaughn had a handle on making solid hollywood flicks. But then came Stardust, a truly wretched, lazy, ugly and boring piece of crap, and now an adaptation of an awful book. But I still hope it turns out alright for him.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    You can't blame millar for fireselling all his work asap

    by blindambition238

    Comic book writers don't make that much cash on a whole. He's wise to strike whule the iron is hot in hollywood for comic books. I recall a recent event where a comic writer and his wife basically had to ask their fans for donations to pay some bills when one got sick. Luckily the fans did come through

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Kid's neither nerdy nor beat-up enough

    by kiddae

    Not that the comic's great.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    why shit on spiderman?

    by onezeroone

    c'mon... do you think they would've gotten away with something like that in spiderman? a slit on spidey's mask so all can see 'full range of expressions'

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Give me Marvel/DC any day

    by Slippy

    Wasn't Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk already set in "our world"? At least I know those characters. If they are going to do something different, give me something like Unbreakable.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    thats one cheap-ass looking costume...

    by Rameses

    we are talking spiderman 70's tv series, cheapness.the cut out mouth is not only a piss weak design gives the impression , he's going to suck on something.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    "other exclusive photos"

    by OBSD

    There's two images over at Newsarama, and one of them is posted here, so that would be "other exclusive photo", singular. I know, I know. I'm a dick.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by OBSD

    this looks pretty sweet. I'm a fan of the comic, even though I know that if Millar did it, the last issue will be a letdown. So as long as the film script changes Millar's ending (that hasn't come out yet, but you know it will suck balls) this should be a nice little suprise hit.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Speaking of something new...

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    Maybe we should wait for the movie to actually fucking come out to make our personal judgement on it? Not that THIS little gem of advise is anything new. Listening to it for once COULD be worth something.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I don't think the world is ready for this

    by The Funketeer

    The comic works on some levels because it takes something that comic fans are used to and bends the rules by placing it in the real world. It's sci-fi-sci-fi. Taking a fantastic setting and then telling the story with real world rules. Comic book movies haven't been a successful part of the mainstream long enough for the general public to get this. That's not to say it won't be good or do well but I have a feeling it's going to tank. How many hyper violent movies with a dark streak of humor have done well at the box office?

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by Movietool

    What the fuck website do you think you're posting on? Listen, If you don't want to read geeks geeking out about the stuff they're geeky over, may I suggest you go read the National Review? What should I be "grateful" for? Should I be grateful for the original Captain America movie? For the Fantastic Four Movies? For Batman and Robin? Sometimes these movies suck. And sometimes they're great. And I'm going to post whatever the hell I want about them here on the premiere website for doing so, even if it HASN'T come out yet.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Like our world?

    by drewlicious

    There are 8 year old girls wielding katanas in our world? I've got kind of a love/hate thing with Millar. I get a kick out of most of the humor but after a while it gets too cynical for even my tastes. And I'm a pretty cynical guy. I still despise Wanted. The book not the movie.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by thecrimsoncurse

    your power and my attention span have been diminished.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Movie out before the comic hits # 15

    by ericthebeef

    This is kinda weird..this comic just came out. Are comics being optioned while the idea is still in the writers head now? WE NEED BETTER COMICS, LESS MOVIES BASED ON COMICS!!!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    the way the mouth slit , isn't outlined in yellow....

    by Rameses

    gives the impression that , first day on the set , the mask was comic accurate and then someone just took a pair of scissors to it!Whilst Tobey taking his mask off every five minutes was a lame way of getting around a simular problem is Spider man , I dont think this is the answer.His costume looks worringly like the dragonly guy from Superhero movie!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    for those unfamiliar with the comic

    by oisin5199

    especially those that say 'it looks like a halloween costume,' it's supposed to. There are no superpowers, so this isn't even Unbreakable. It's about a kid with severe issues who puts on a costume and gets seriously injured more than once when he tries to be a 'hero.' And he doesn't seem to learn his lesson. It's messed up. In no way is it a superhero movie. It's more of a comment on the superhero genre. So you can't really judge it in the same way as you would a superhero movie. Oh, and is that Ben Foster (Angel from X-Men3) on the ground in the 2nd promo shot?

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I can see a reflection of Venom in his eye

    by zooch


  • Nov. 14, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    This movie is screwed conceptually

    by drturing

    The cheap look is part of the story, but try selling that to the general public. Kickass has this enormous conceptual hurdle to being embraced by the larger public. And the question is: does the non superhero comic book crowd even want a reality based deconstruction? <p> Imagine the marketing problems Sony would've had if Tobey had kept that first outfit on the entire movie. It would've been more "real" but it would've just been, well, stupid.<p> As for all else, I think these people are forgetting that superhero stories work because they are fantasies, about the super. My girlfriend loved Iron Man and Dark Knight. If she came home one day and I had Tony Stark's wealth, superarmor suit, and good lucks she'd be fine with it all. If she came home and I was dressed like this wandering around Brooklyn she'd leave me in a heartbeat. Given that it's a Mark Millar story and it has an 8 year old decaptiating ninja it doesn't sound honestly real, anyway.<p> Now if someone were to combine season 4 of The Wire with a superhero story, that would be compelling.<p> But as it stands Kick-Ass has a massive marketing problem, in that at a quick glance it looks cheap and dumb. It's the second reason I would've never have greenlit it if I ran a studio. The second would be the fact I actually saw some of Stardust. Eeeick.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    umm.. isn't BATMAN just a guy in a suit

    by Maniaq

    with no super powers or anything? or does having lots of money count as a superpower these days - if it does then Bill Gates needs to get in touch with Morgan Freeman...

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    except Batman is in a heightened world

    by oisin5199

    and money means gadgets, training, etc. Whereas this kid only has a costume, a couple of batons and a lot of stupidity. I doubt this will be marketed in the same way as a 'superhero' movie. Mostly because it's NOT a superhero movie, like I said.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    "Kick Ass" is the comedic version of "Watchmen."

    by Evangelion217

    It's fun, brutal, realistic, hilariouse, psychological, and VERY entertaining. It's probably the best comic-book of 2008 at this point, and I hope the film will be half as good as the comic. Love the pics. :)

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Great -- so when will the comic be finished?

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Isn't it supposed to end with issue 6? Last issue was #4, which came out over a month ago. Has Millar decided to stop the comic for fear of spoiling the movie?

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Echoes of "Mirageman"?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I saw the Chillian "Mirageman" at Fantastic Fest last year which had a similar premise; a regular guy decides to be a costumed superhero to mixed results in the real world. I don't think that's ever hit dvd in this country.