Kick-Ass 2 promises supervillain sex toys and Hit-Girl's daddy issues

The foul-mouthed, four-minute trailer for Kick-Ass 2 debuted at the movie's Comic-Con panel this weekend, and the cast and crew were on hand with plenty more dirty jokes and teases for the film. Learn the origin of Christopher Mintz-Plasse's gimp suit and why Nicolas Cage's Big Daddy looms large over the sequel.

During the Friday Hall H panel, Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow talked about how excited he was to direct the film after being such a fan of the first Kick-Ass film, and Kick-Ass comic creator Mark Millar seems pleased with his adaptation. But the bulk of the panel focused on the actors, and the changes that their characters have gone through.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Dave Lizewski has gone through a physical transformation, as you can see in the trailer. But the biggest tonal change comes from Mintz-Plasse's character, Chris D'Amico, formerly the Red Mist and now the Mother Fucker. "I was really scared to do something this intense and this nerve-wracking," Mintz-Plasse admits. Where the suggestion that Red Mist might become a supervillain at the end of the first film was somewhat playful, the Mother Fucker proves darker. "First off, there's a costume change," he says. "I'm wearing, like, a gimp suit in this movie." Taylor-Johnson points out Kick-Ass is wearing a sort of gimp suit, too. "Yeah, it's very sexual," Mintz-Plasse agrees.

He continues, "It's super dark. There's some things in the comic book that we took out of the movie, which I think was a good choice, which was murdering a dog and raping somebody, which I'm very glad I not doing those two things. But other than that, it was very dark, very intense to play."

He's also paired with John Leguizamo, who plays Chris' bodyguard Javier. "I mean, I talked to Jeff, and I was going to say, 'Do I get to play a super badass, steroid pumped-up hero?'" Leguizamo says. "And he said, 'No, you play yourself.' And I said, 'That's no fun.' But it was a lot of fun, because I had to work with Chris, and he just had me rolling the whole time. When he finds out that his mom's… she passes away and has a box full of sexual tools. And I brought them to him and he's putting on his mom's dominatrix outfit."

There are other new additions, of course, including Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity, Lindy Booth as Night Bitch, and Olga Kurkulina as the fearsome Mother Russia. Wadlow says that the production crew conducted a worldwide search for Mother Russia, and joked that he's on a few watch lists after visiting sketchy websites for the search. Kurkulina is physically impressive, but doesn't speak English, forcing Wadlow to pantomime the actions he wanted her to perform.

Hit-Girl actress Chloë Grace Moretz attended the panel remotely, but offered the most insight into her character's place in the new film. "You meet Hit-Girl years after the fact that she lost her father. She lost her dad and now all she has is herself, and she knows that Marcus is taking care of her." But Hit-Girl has also come to realize that she has to bring justice to every situation, be it taking down a drug dealer or handling a mean girl who terrorizes other kids. "She realizes that Mindy Macready and Hit-Girl are the same person and they're not two different people."

She's also going to develop a closer relationship with Dave, who comes to her and asks her to train him. "They do really form this amazing kind of bond because of what they've gone through together and [because] they know each other so well. That's why she's able to maneuver into growing up; it's almost through him in a way, kind of see the world in a different light." She describes Dave as Hit-Girl's only friend in the world, the only person who knows who she really is.

But she's still dealing with — or rather, failing to deal wit h— the death of her father, Big Daddy. "There's a little girl in there that lost her dad," says Moretz, "and doesn't have the power to stand up and face what's going on in her life. So she's masking it by going and bringing justice to the world and doing great things, but she is completely lost in her own self, and she has no idea who she is." Big Daddy will still have a presence in the sequel through Hit-Girl. "Nic, his presence in the movie is still very, very, very strong. You really do feel this looming god-like figure, which is that Big Daddy. So she's always talking about her Daddy, and she's always referencing him. And he's there. He's always there in her mind. You can really see that. We really wrote that into the script."

Now that Kick-Ass 2 is weeks away from opening, are there plans for a Kick-Ass 3? "I haven't started to think about what Kick-Ass 3 would be," Wadlow says, "because we've wanted to go so much further beyond what you expect from a sequel. This is not a rinse-and-repeat sequel where we just have the characters do the same thing again. We put them through a meat grinder in this one."