Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, he gave credit to other films for going beyond the remit of the standard comic book movie, while also emphasising the individuality of his own. “Kick-Ass is unique and the world is looking for something different. I think that Dark Knight, Watchmen and Kick-Ass, and even Iron Man to a certain extent, are pushing away from the traditional Hollywood version of the comic book superhero. I knew I could make a film that was different.”
Indeed, Kick-Ass diverges radically from other films where the heroes don’t have super powers, such as Watchmen. The series focuses around a young man who decides to become a vigilante a la his favourite comic idols, but meets with less than impressive results until others pick up the idea of his example in increasingly violent and bloody ways. Vaughn was also keen to emphasise that while his film would be violent, it wouldn’t have the same level of numbing pyrotechnics as other blockbusters. “When I go to the cinema as an audience, I want to be entertained. I think a lot of these big movies, yeah, they’re blowing everything up, but I’m bored out of my mind. I wanted to do a film which had far more character, emotion and pushed the boundaries of taste.”
Kick-Ass stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz. The film is currently set for a December 2010 release.