With the recent release and resounding success of Deadpool 2, the new Fox franchise has well and truly cemented itself as one of the most loved in Hollywood today. However, an argument can be made that without director Matthew Vaughan’s 2010 R-rated hit Kick-Ass, you maybe wouldn’t see a studio betting on a project such as Deadpool at all.
Kick-Ass debuted in 2010 and was without doubt one of the freshest superhero movies up until that point. Aaron Taylor Johnson starred as Dave Lizewski, a geeky kid who wanted to see what it would be like to be a costumed hero in real life. Making his own green and yellow suit, Lizewski took to the streets adopting the title Kick-Ass and attempted to stop criminals by night. His actions caused a stir in the community, resulting in many more donning their own costumes and keeping their city streets safe.
While Kick-Ass had successfully delivered on the promise of a funny, action-packed R-rated comic book film, Deadpool took things a step further upon its release in 2016. Ryan Reynolds had already played the role of Wade Wilson in 2008’s underwhelming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which the character was not represented the way that his fans, and Reynolds himself, new him. The 41-year-old actor then made it a goal to one day make a Deadpool movie true to the Merc with a Mouth’s comic depiction, and that is exactly what we got. The first Deadpool brought his trademark dark humour, unbelievable combat skills and fourth-wall breaking to the big screen in a hilarious action thrill ride, that also benefited from having what many consider the best marketing campaign in history.
So getting down to the nitty gritty, both Deadpool and Kick-Ass delivered a memorable time out at the cinema and absolutely justified their R-rating. The question is, which of these super-violent, super-funny films did you enjoy more?