Things are not looking up for the fate of a third Kick-Ass film as myriad fragmental elements all seem to be going against the odds for comic creator Mark Millar.
First of all – in an interview with Digital Spy whilst promoting her new film If I Stay – Chloe Grace Moretz, who played the scene stealing Hit-Girl in the first two installments, hinted that she was finished with the character saying: “Sadly, I think I’m done with the character. Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies.”
Now there is a slight sense of ambiguity with her comments as she could be hinting that she is finished with the character and ready to move on as she knows there is very little chance of a third installment of the Kick-Ass franchise or she could be talking about literally being done with the character, whether a first installment gets the green light or not. It is open for interpretation.
She went on: “Kick-Ass 2 was one of the number one pirated movies of the year, but that doesn’t help us because we need box office figures. We need to prove to the distributors that we can make money from a third and a fourth movie – but because it didn’t do so well, we can’t make another one.”
There are a couple of factors that could have played into the piracy debacle. Just the The Expendables 3 this month, there was a high quality release of Kick-Ass 2 released at the same time as the theatrical release date. Furthermore, Jim Carrey refused to promote the film and bad mouthed the amount of violence in the movie. This bad word of mouth could have damaged the Box Office takings also.
Taking this into consideration as well as the poor reviews no doubt led the more curiously minded folk to opt for a free viewing instead of parting with their hard earned cash.
This seemed pretty inevitable at the time, but there was still some hope to cling on to the aspect of a third film. It is a shame really, as the Kick-Ass franchise was fresh and gave the public something different to feast their eyes upon. Unfortunately nobody took the bait second time round.