When the first Kick-Ass movie was being made, a lot was said about Matthew Vaughn working on his movie at the same time that Mark Millar was finishing up the actual comics. The two influenced each other according to the fantastic book, Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie (BUY THE BOOK FROM RENEGADE CINEMA HERE). However, I never heard anything like what director Jeff Wadlow said about the Kick-Ass 2 ending.
IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE, SPOILERS FOLLOW
In the comic book, Mark Millar planned the death of the villain, the Motherf*cker. His thoughts was that Chris D’Amico was such an evil person, and did so many despicable things, that he had to die. But, Jeff Wadlow said he reminded Millar that they wanted a part three, and that would not be possible as a movie without Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s character.
He convinced Mark Millar to change the Kick-Ass 2 ending in the comics, to allow them to have him back in the third part of the comics to help get that final movie in the trilogy made.
“I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone this before – I saw an early outline and Chris completely died at the end of ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ Wadlow said. “I emailed Mark and asked, ‘what are you doing?! You can’t kill Chris. Aren’t you thinking of a third one? Weren’t we talking about a third movie we can’t do it without Chris – he’s a corner of the triangle.’ Mark was like, ‘no he’s such a bad guy, he’s gotta die.’ And I said, ‘no, no, no, no figure it out. You can punish him for being bad, maybe he loses his legs or something like that – but he’s gotta be alive in the end.’”
Well, for those who saw the movie, the mid-credit scene shows that he does live, albeit with no arms and legs, meaning he was punished pretty severely, but remained alive for part three.
So, what are your thoughts? Should the movie director have played such a large role in the story he was adapting, as far as changing the author’s plans for the Kick-Ass ending in the comic itself? Does this make the comic no longer the source material and actually change the dynamic between the two?
Chime in with your thoughts below.
Source: Screen Rant