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Matthew Vaughn announces Kick-Ass: The Reboot is on the way

The director says the reboot will be "like nothing that’s ever been done on film before."

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass and Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl.
Image credit: Lionsgate

Matthew Vaughn has announced that Kick-Ass: The Reboot will begin shooting before too long. The news was revealed at New York Comic Con 2023, as Vaughn promotes his upcoming movie Argyle.

The first Kick-Ass movie was released in 2010 and starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass and Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl. Both stars returned for the 2013 sequel, Kick-Ass 2. However, Vaughn says that at this point, returning to these familiar characters isn't in the cards.

"I felt with Kick-Ass, I would like to make a Kick-Ass 3 with those characters," Vaughn told SyFy Wire. "But I think we just need to use a sorbet, shall we say, to cleanse everyone’s palate, remind everyone that Kick-Ass is crazy and different. This movie will be talked about like, everyone like 'What did they go and do?'" While he didn't reveal any specific details, he did say, "It’s the spirit of the first Kick-Ass done in a modern way."

It is possible that Vaughn's vision for Kick-Ass: The Reboot will be an all-new story. However, it's also possible that it will take direct inspiration from the comics by Mark Millar, which went on to featuring a second character shouldering the mantle of Kick-Ass: Patience Lee.

Patience Lee
Image credit: MILLARWORLD

After the original Kick-Ass, Dave Lizewski, retires in the third volume of Millar's Kick-Ass comics, Lee adopts the vacated persona in his place. A Black veteran of the War in Afghanistan, Lee is a mother of two who dons the costume in order to fight crime in New Mexico.

But who might play this new Kick-Ass, should she be the subject of Vaughn's movie reboot? Back when the comic was being released in 2018, Millar himself shared his thoughts on Twitter. "A lot of fans asking who I'd want as this new Kick-Ass," Tweeted Millar. "To be honest, one choice really jumps out and that's Tessa Thompson."

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Avery lives and writes in Southern California. She is the co-author of Double Challenge: Being LGBTQ and a Minority with her spouse, Rebecca Oliver Kaplan. Avery is Features Editor at Comics Beat, and you can also find her writing on StarTrek.com, The Gutter Review, Geek Girl Authority, and in the margins of the books in her personal library.