Mark Millar: 'Kick-Ass 2' Is About 'Consequences of Violence'

The co-creator of the indie superhero franchise says that movies are escapism from real-life tragedies, but even so, his movie shows the effects of violence on its characters.

Ahead of its release in theaters this weekend, Kick-Ass 2 co-creator Mark Millar is once again talking about the movie's relation to real-life violence, following Jim Carrey's decision to distance himself from the movie in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings last year.

Interviewed by BBC Radio 5 host Richard Bacon, Millar responded to the idea that Kick-Ass and other superhero movies promoted violence. "Kick-Ass is all about the consequences of violence," he argued. "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."

He also pushed back against Carrey's specific connection between Kick-Ass 2 and the Sandy Hook shootings. Calling movies "escapism from these terrible events," Millar -- who, in the same interview, described himself as being "so desensitized" to controversy that Kick-Ass 2 " just seems like a fun date movie" -- said that real-life tragedies are entirely disconnected from the project.

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"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."

Last week, Millar had responded to Carrey's comments in a more flippant manner, saying that he was "delighted" by Carrey's withdrawal from promoting the movie, as it meant that "we probably got about $30 million of mainstream publicity because of it."