‘Kick-Ass 2’ branded ‘irreverent, dark and often offensive’ by Universal Pictures exec

Earlier this week, star Jim Carrey said he 'cannot support' the film's 'level of violence'

Kick-Ass 2 has been branded “irreverent, dark and often offensive” by Simon Hewlett, executive vice president of marketing at Universal Pictures International.

Speaking at a film industry convention in Barcelona on Tuesday (June 25), Hewlett also called the sequel a “bigger, badder, more ballsy adventure”, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

Though he didn’t address them directly, Hewlett’s comments follow Sunday’s surprising tweets from star Jim Carrey about the film’s content. “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” Carrey told his ten million followers.

Mark Millar, creator of the original Kick-Ass comic books and an executive producer on the movies, responded swiftly to Carrey’s comments, writing on his official website on Sunday (June 23): “Jim, I love ya and I hope you reconsider… You’re amazing in this insanely fun picture.”

Based on Millar’s comic book, the first Kick-Ass film told the story of an ordinary teenager played by Aaron Johnson who reinvents himself as a real-life superhero. When it opened in cinemas in 2010, Kick-Ass wasn’t a huge box office success, but it’s since built a strong following on DVD and Blu-ray.

Director Jeff Wadlow shot the sequel in Toronto between September and November last year (2012). Alongside Carrey and Johnson, it stars Chloë Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo and former Scrubs actor Donald Faison. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.