New pic, first trailer for "Kick-Ass 2"

Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) and Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) lead the rest of Justice Forever on patrol in "Kick-Ass 2."
Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) and Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) lead the rest of Justice Forever on patrol in “Kick-Ass 2.”

“Kick-Ass” was one of the more enjoyable comic book films in the last five years and marked a fun, alternative to the more realistic world established with the setup films for “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

I liked the movie a lot more than its mean-spirited, depraved comic book source material so I’m hoping this one sanitizes the “Kick-Ass 2” comic storyline for an enjoyable movie.

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey).

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Here’s the not at all safe for work trailer. Well, you can watch it at work, you’ll just need headphones… Carrey looks like he’ll be this film’s surprising standout just like Nicholas Cage was in the original.

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