Later this week, I'll be publishing my set visit reports for "Kick-Ass 2," and I think you'll get a really great in-depth exclusive look behind the scenes at how Jeff Wadlow is following up Matthew Vaughn's first film. I had a few days on set by myself, and I was already familiar to the cast from the first film, so I think you'll get an uncommonly intimate look at the making of the movie.

It seems like Universal's really starting to push things into high gear for "Kick-Ass 2" this week. There's a new green band trailer for the movie, and while it's not overtly profane, they left enough of the edge in that it feels like they got away with something.

There's a line delivered by Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars'n'Stripes in the trailer that is sold as a joke here, but in a way, it's the thesis to the entire movie. "Try to have fun. Otherwise, what's the point?" This is not about a battle between absolute good and absolute evil, but rather a story about what happens when a whole city full of lunatics start to share the same mass delusion that drove Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace-Moretz), and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) in the first film. Some of them align with Kick-Ass, some of them align with The Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), but all of them are ultimately doing it because there is a freedom that comes from wearing these outrageous outfits.

I love that Clark Duke gets a costume in the film. I love the way the Colonel uses his dog in battle. I love how horrible Chris Mintz-Plasse gets to be in the film. If you didn't care for the first one, I'm not sure I think this one will change your mind, but I really like where they're headed with these characters, and I like the way this plays with the idea of costumed vigilantes in a real world where no one has super powers.

I think we're in for something pretty cool with "Kick-Ass 2," and I can't wait to deliver my set visit stuff for you so you can see why I feel that way.

"Kick-Ass 2" will be in theaters August 16, 2013.

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A respected critic and commentator for fifteen years, Drew McWeeny helped create the online film community as "Moriarty" at Ain't It Cool News, and now proudly leads two budding Film Nerds in their ongoing movie education.