The upcoming release of Kick-Ass 2 has been making headlines for the past few months thanks to star Jim Carrey’s refusal to promote the film due to its violence.
Series creator Mark Millar says that while there is violence in the film and comic book series, that the new movie is less a celebration of violence and instead an examination of the consequences of violence.
“Kick-Ass is all about the consequences of violence,” he said during an interview on BBC Radio 5. “We’re so used to the almost pornographic nature of violence in something like a Die Hard movie or White House Down or something where there’s explosions and 200 people die, or a Superman movie where hundreds and thousands of people are dying, [but] you don’t see the grieving or the pain. But in Kick-Ass you feel every blow.”
Millar also responded to Carrey’s criticisms of the film and its violence in the wake of the school shootings in Sandy Hook earlier this year.
“There are no high school shootings or anything in the film itself,” he said. “There are guns, of course, but there were guns in the first film. There have been these terrible tragedies all along, going back years. Unfortunately we’ve had these problems, but they’ve got nothing to do with the film.”
Kick-Ass 2 opens Friday in theaters.