Matthew Vaughn's comic book fantasy Kick-Ass premiered to a delighted geek contingent Friday night at SXSW (read Todd Gilchrist's review here). As Vaughn walked the red carpet with Kick-Ass creators Mark Millar and John Romita and stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Johnson, and Clark Duke, Cinematical put the truly pressing questions to the cast and crew: namely, when can we expect the next Kick-Ass story from Millar and Romita and which member of the cast wants to become the War Machine of Kick-Ass 2? (More importantly, was Chris Mintz-Plasse's Red Mist designed to resemble the look of a certain American Idol contestant?)
Kick-Ass comic creators Mark Millar and John S. Romita arrived at the premiere beaming like two proud parents, both happy with the film's faithfulness to their source material and excited to be debuting the film version of Kick-Ass at a film festival uniquely suited to the project. "You cannot imagine how exciting it is," gushed Romita.
"The comic is absolutely honored by the movie, in the sense that it's pretty much scene for scene," added Millar. "There's no greater compliment than that, for us."
Kick-Ass, about an average high school comic book nerd (Aaron Johnson) who transforms into a self-styled superhero to exact vigilante justice upon the streets of New York City, is just one of many superhero stories and comic books that have been made or adapted for the screen in recent years. The rise in demand for comic book movies has changed the dynamic for comics writers in Hollywood in particular, says Millar. "You can have a meeting with Steven Spielberg if you work in comics. You can set it up tomorrow. It's crazy; years ago you used to have to be Tom Wolfe, now you just have to be drawing fantastic work."