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.”
His interdimensional adventure was intercut with flashbacks to Captain America's 1930s upbringing as Steve Rogers.
“A year's worth of stories, deconstructing Captain America, the way all characters have been, but this one hadn't been — very rarely do we see him in costume and so on.”
The first six issues of the Remender-Romita collaboration were released in the hardcover edition, “Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z.”
As far as future projects, a screenplay has been written based on Romita's creator-owned comic “The Gray Area,” and other Hollywood projects are possible.
“If things do work out that way, it's exciting, but to me, it's a no-no to speculate on what could happen,” Romita said. “I'm optimistic, but guarded.”
Romita's contract with Marvel recently ended, and Romita said he has no idea what he'll be drawing when he finishes the current volume of “Kick-Ass.” But given his history, it will no doubt be exciting.
“I love this job, and I want to continue to do it,” Romita said.