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Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero black comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. which was published by Marvel Comics. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who produced with Brad Pitt and co-wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman. The film was produced in Toronto, Canada. Its general release was on 25 March 2010 in the United Kingdom and on 16 April 2010 in the United States. It is the first installment of the Kick-Ass film series.

It tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself "Kick-Ass". Dave gets caught up in a bigger fight when he meets Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), a former cop who, in his quest to bring down the crime boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) and his son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) (Red Mist), has trained his eleven-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) to be the ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl.

Despite having generated some controversy for its profanity and violence performed by a child, Kick-Ass was well received by both critics and audiences. In 2011 it won the Empire Award for Best British Film. The film has gained a strong cult following since its release on DVD and Blu-ray. A sequel, written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and produced by Vaughn, was released in August 2013, with Johnson, Mintz-Plasse, and Moretz reprising their roles.
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1. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Evan Peters both have the unique honour of playing the same comic book character, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, in two different simultaneously produced franchises. Taylor-Johnson's portrayal for Marvel studios in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Peters' portrayal for 20th Century Fox in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

2. Nicolas Cage modelled his speech mannerisms as Big Daddy on original Batman (1966) Adam West. According to Matthew Vaughn, Cage started acting out his lines this way at the first costume fitting. Vaughn was happy for Cage to continue with this performance in the film, citing his irritation with the gravelly voice Christian Bale used in The Dark Knight (2008).

3. The scrolling board at the cinema is advertising The Spirit 3, a reference to a non-existent second sequel to The Spirit (2008).

4. Rapper Method Man, an avid fan of Mark Millar, expressed interest in having a role in the film.

5. In the comic, Big Daddy's backstory about being an ex-cop was a lie. He was an accountant who was bored with his life and kidnapped his daughter and made her into a vigilante (Hit-Girl). Many fans preferred the film version, including Mark Millar, who said that it "would have messed up the structure of the movie". The comic's artist John Romita, Jr. stated that Big Daddy's story in the film "works better stopping short...You love him better in the film".
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