Kick-Ass 2 might not end up being as intensely violent and disturbing as the comic books on which it's based.
Aaron Johnson recently sat down with HitFix and addressed some of the controversial scenes present in the Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass 2 comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. According to the actor, they won't all appear in their original forms in the movie.
"The comic actually touches on some kind of disturbing things. Anything like that it's not," Johnson says. "You're not gonna see that and that's for the better, I think. That character development and that journey is all there and it's really great. I think it's interesting."
That's an interesting development, because Millar told Digital Spy in May that "every horrible scene in the book will be in the film," including the gang rape and dog-decapitation scenes. Perhaps director Jeff Wadlow determined that those did have to be toned down.
In a separate interview with Comic Book Movie, Hart of Dixie actress Claudia Lee opened up about her role of Brooke in the sequel. We don't know much about the character other than that she's an antagonist who makes Hit-Girl's life miserable. Moviehole reported in June that Brooke is "typical prissy jock-marrying wannabe who controls the thoughts and feelings of her teenage followers and disciples," though Hit-Girl gets back at her in way that involves "gadgetry, projectile vomiting and much begging."
"The whole essence of Brooke’s attitude is what helped me to create her persona," Lee said. "I am a fan of the Kick-Ass comic book series, so I was drawn to bring out all of those qualities that Brooke possesses. I love Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s work. I’ve read the first two Hit-Girl issues and I can’t wait for the rest of them. In Kick-Ass 2 you will see some of Brooke’s unique personality, but there is definitely more of her character to develop."
As for all that pesky violence, Lee said, "I don’t believe the graphic content really made me think twice about the project. I know my parents were probably shocked, but characters like Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl color the movie with such great qualities. The movie wouldn’t be the same without the “details.” Those are the qualities that make the movie unique and edgy."
Kick-Ass picks up months after the 2010 action comedy, as Kick-Ass forms alliances with other local heroes and joins Justice Forever, which discovers the Red Mist — rechristened “Motherfucker” — is gathering his own group of villains.
Along with Johnson and Lee, Kick-Ass 2 stars returning cast members Chloe Moretz, Mintz-Plasse and Yancy Butler, along with new additions Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Andy Nyman, Morris Chestnut and Robert Emms. The film opens June 28, 2013.