As of right now, it looks like Kick-Ass 2 is wrangling all of the stars from the original! Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Chloe Moretz have all reportedly signed on to reprise their roles. And even though the comic Kick-Ass 2 focuses more on the boys, we now know what’s going on with Chloe’s character Mindy McCready, better known as Hit-Girl.
Moviehole (via io9) points out that the plot mirrors Spider-Man 2 in some respects, since a lot of the focus is on people finding out these masked heroes’ true identities. (It should be noted that the comic Kick-Ass 2 seems to be more about Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl banding together with other self-made vigilantes to stop Red Mist from amassing his own superhero army via Twitter.) While one person finds out Kick-Ass’ identity, everyone learns that Hit-Girl is little Mindy—and it gets ugly at school. A popular girl named Brooke, who it turns out also has mind-control powers, nicknames Mindy “Captain Muffin-Muncher” and torments her in the hallways.
But lest you think Mindy is gonna cry in the girls’ bathroom, Moviehole reports that she gets back at the girls in spectacularly badass fashion: “It involves gadgetry, projectile vomiting and much begging. There will be so much cheering in the cinema!”
At the same time, the Hit-Girl spinoff series is hitting comic book store shelves. A recent CBR interview with creator Mark Millar further illuminates this issue of Mindy trying to deal with high-school cliques and dramas:
“But to put her in a school environment is really great, because all those things you’d think would make her tough actually make her really vulnerable. And she’s not allowed to shoot anyone, so she can’t really mix with normal kids. Put her in a school, and she’s automatically the class freak. She’s totally cool as Hit-Girl, but then when she walks into school, she doesn’t know the new band that all the kids are into. She’s never watched Glee. She doesn’t give a shit about Glee.”
I’m really psyched to see Chloe return to this laugh-out-loud shocking role. My only worry is how they’re going to handle her being a 12-year-old squirt when the first movie came out, and now she’s blossomed into a gorgeous 15-year-old. I’ll be curious to see if they try to make her look more childish or if they just go with her newfound elegance and pretend like it’s totally natural for Mindy to be two years older instead of two months. But considering that Chloe’s current project is the mother of all bullying movies Carrie, I think she’ll bring plenty to Kick-Ass 2.