It's no secret that 2010 has not been a great year for movies in general but especially for films based on comic books. Unlike 2008, which was overflowing with successful comic book based movies like The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Wanted, this year has seen a slew of disappointing films based on graphic novels including The Losers, the disastrous Jonah Hex and the critically acclaimed yet financially plagued Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. In fact with the exception of Iron Man 2, which made a ton of money but was met with mixed reviews, one could make the argument that the most successful comic book adapted film of the year is Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass. The movie, which is based on the popular graphic novel by writer Mark Millar and artist John Romita Jr., only cost $28 million to make and to date has earned almost $100 million back at the box office. It's financial success coupled with its great reviews from critics and fan-boys alike almost guarantees that a sequel would be inevitable.
When we spoke to artist and co-creator John Romita Jr. last spring he said that he and writer Mark Millar were busy working on a follow up to the comic called "Balls to the Wall." Then about a month ago, Millar said on BBC radio that due to the extremely good DVD sales the sequel had already been green-lit. But with director Matthew Vaughn and his writing partner Jane Goldman currently working on X-Men: First Class, there is some question as to when Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall might begin production. We recently had a chance to catch up with the star of Kick-Ass, Aaron Johnson, while he was out promoting his new film Nowhere Boy, where the actor portrays rock n' roll legend John Lennon. We asked Johnson about the upcoming sequel and he confirmed that he was looking forward to doing it and thought it would probably begin shooting once Matthew Vaughn is done making X-Men: First Class. He finished by adding this:
I'm letting them just do what they want to do and we'll come to it when we come to it. But I know that they are doing it."