Even though the first “Kick-Ass” movie was a hit, that hasn't lessened the nerves of co-creator John Romita Jr. as the sequel prepares for release this week.
“Kick-Ass 2,” starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jim Carrey, is the second film based on the comic-book series by writer Mark Millar and artist Romita.
“There's some anxiety in this,” Romita said in a phone interview with The Oklahoman. “Because this is a sequel, and I'd like to see a third.”
Though the “Kick-Ass” series is grouped with superhero films by the public, Romita says the films are different from most of the genre.
“It's a bunch of kids that aren't really superheroes,” Romita said. “This is very little like a superhero movie. The similarities are only because of the costumes ... this is about the human condition.”
Romita recently finished a run drawing the adventures of one of the early superheroes, Captain America, in a new series written by Rick Remender. The “Marvel NOW” series featuring the character saw Captain America displaced into the science-fictional “Dimension Z.”
“It was as different as you can get,” Romita said. “Rick did a great job on it. You tend to follow the nuances of the writer.”