Kick-Ass-2-Character-Poster-Kick-AssThe countdown is on for Kick-Ass 2, and the clock is currently set at just over four months. The first two trailers have landed in the past few weeks, giving us a brilliant first look at one of the year’s most anticipated movies.

And they’ve since been followed by a great new series of character posters, teasing the return of Hit-Girl, the introduction of Colonel Stars and Stripes, and the rebirth of Red Mist as The Motherf**ker. The latest character poster in the set has now surfaced, giving us a look at Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprising his eponymous role as Kick-Ass.

After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit-Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.

Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit-Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse return as the leading trio for this second time around. And they’re joined by another brilliant ensemble, led by Jim Carrey, Nicolas Cage, Lyndsy Foseca, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Yancy Butler, Clark Duke, Andy Nyman, Robert Emms, John Leguizamo, and Olga Kurkulina.

Jeff Wadlow is behind the camera this time around, taking over from Matthew Vaughn. And he’s directing from his own script, based on the original comics by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr, with Vaughn returning to produce.

Kick-Ass 2 will be hitting theatres in the UK and US on 16th August, and we can’t wait for that release date to roll around. This is going to be awesome.