While Kick-Ass earned a 76% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Kick-Ass 2 scored a dreadful 29%.
Instead of "twisted fun," "defiantly irreverent and gleefully violent," this soiled sequel was called "tonally disasterous," "flat" and "disappointingly half-baked." There was even some debate as to whether or not the movie had ruined Hit-Girl.
Stardust and Layer Cake, his two films to date as director, were entertaining and satisfying; no mean feat.
Then, there was the Mark Millar controversy regarding his use of rape as a plot point in his comics.
And let's not forget a massively different critical response from the first film.
In 2010, Chloe Grace Moretz high-kicked her way into our hearts as the tiny and foul-mouthed Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass.
The R-rated action comedy that took a decidedly less glamorous look at superheroes eventually spawned Kick-Ass 2.
— when he’s beaten up, for the umpteenth time, by snarling thugs.
With a web-bought wetsuit as a costume, Dave transforms himself into the world’s weediest vigilante. Vaughn’s creative freedom means that not only does he pull no punches, he throws in some kicks, a quick stabbing and a moving car for good measure.At one point, Dave compares himself to a serial killer, pushing his fantasy into reality for bigger kicks, and while the motivations of our heroic crimefighters may be noble — essentially, with no power comes great responsibility — their methods and behaviour is borderline bonkers.But the father-daughter team who propel both the plot and most of the film’s genuinely world-class action sequences are something else entirely.And yet those movies were all box office (not to mention critical) hits.Besides, Wired made the case that piracy wasn't hurting the box office, as 2013 was a robust year for films financially.From there, we all know how it’s going to play: the nervous newcomer musthave his mettle tested and his ass kicked in order to learn from the experience and become a better hero. The incident gives Dave metal plates in his bones — a clear nod to Wolverine — and deadened nerve-endings, more than enough to ensure he can take a beating, and so the newly named Kick-Ass returns emboldened and rapidly — in just one of the many neat pops at modern culture — becomes an internet celebrity.