Superhero movies have gotten a shot in the arm in the past few years. While franchises like Richard Donner’s Superman or Tim Burton’s Batman received plenty of respect in the ’70s and ’80s, many classic titles and characters had devolved into cartoonish camp by the time the 1990s dawned. That’s one reason to get excited about all the recent announcements for upcoming comic adaptations, from Guardians of the Galaxy to Justice League.
However, another side effect is that there are some excellent deconstructions of the genre going on. While Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy might be one of the better realistic explorations of a superhero’s rise, perhaps the funniest and most pointed meditation on comic book characters is Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass.
After the success of that picture, Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) himself is returning to the screen in time for next year. He’ll be re-joined by Hit Girl, played by Chloe Moretz, as well as a slew of other vigilantes inspired by his actions in the first installment. Check out Jim Carrey (via /Film) as Colonel Stars, leader of Justice Forever, on the set of the movie.