The film tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Johnson), who sets out to become a real life superhero called "Kick-Ass." As Kick-Ass, Dave is sucked into the conflict between a former cop turned ex-con turned costumed vigilante, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), the 11 year old daughter he's trained to be a costumed assassin, Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), and the father of Dave's classmate, drug lord Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong).
The film is known for portraying a child using profanity and extreme violence, which caused controversy when footage of Hit-Girl was used in the promotional materials. There is a strong cult following for the film and a sequel is planned for a 2013 release.
Relevance to RLSHEdit
This movie is significant to the Real Life Superhero movement in general due to the convergence of timing as the promotional period of this film coincided with the advent of the Real Life Superhero Project, which had just gone live with its website at RealLifeSuperheroes.com. The website promoted the film and the film likely inspired others into emulating the film's characters in donning a superhero costume as well as re-igniting the news media's interest in covering the RLSH movement in general.
- ↑ "Various contributors, "Kick-Ass (film)," Kick-Ass Wiki, http://kick-ass.wikia.com/wiki/Kick-Ass_(film) (accessed September 6, 2012)
- ↑ "Various contributors, "Kick-Ass (film)," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kick-Ass_(film) (accessed September 6, 2012)