Kick-Ass has yet to get an official release date (and someone to release it) but that hasn’t stopped them from producing some early marketing material for the film. AICN received the first Kick-Ass poster from John Romita, Jr. who will be attending Comic Con next week to premiere some Kick-Ass footage with director Matthew Vaughn.
Earlier this week Vaughn spoke to AICN about revealing the first bit of footage at Comic Con, and what it was like making the first superhero movie with no studio involvement.
Well, I’ve never been! And I can’t wait! I was meant to go three different times, but failed. I was meant to go for X-MEN 3, then that failed. Then I was meant to go for THOR. And also STARDUST. So fourth time lucky. (Laughs) I’ve got no idea what to expect. It’s funny, but I’m both thrilled and bummed out that AVATAR is on earlier than us. I’m thrilled because I’m going to try to sneak in and see some of it, but at the same time I’m thinking, “How in the hell is anyone going to take notice of us when you’ve got AVATAR playing?”
I’m nervous. I don’t even know when the bloody thing is coming out. I always look at FIGHT CLUB, and how that was getting all of this press and attention. Then they push it back, and it dies due to being released at the wrong time.
Beaks: But FIGHT CLUB was, from the beginning, a studio production. KICK-ASS is independent, correct?
Vaughn: (Proudly) 100%. This is the most independent film I’ve made since LOCK, STOCK [AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS].
My only advice to filmmakers now is “If you don’t have any studio involvement, if you have less financial reward or choices… take the less money route. You’ll have the time of your life.” I had so much fun making this movie. There have been no politics to deal with. I’m not getting notes saying, “Could you make it happy?” or “Could you make it sad?”, and then you end up in some horrible nowhere land. There are certain sequences that, if I had a little more money and a little more time, would be better. But there are also sequences that are a lot better because I didn’t have the money or time, so we had to think of a way of shooting it quickly, and that made it better.
I quite like Matthew Vaughn. When he was shopping Kick-Ass to the studios he could have easily agreed to tone it down and change elements from the comic for an easier life, but he decided to stay true to the comic and raise the money to make it himself. I hope the Kick-Ass gets some buzz after Comic Con and someone agrees to release it.