Having recently told MTV that production Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall was likely to be nine months away, Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar has now revealed that the sequel has in fact been greenlit. In an interview with BBC Radio Five Live, the comic-book writer explained:

“The estimate is [Kick-Ass] will do 100 to 150 million on DVD based on the American sales. So it’ll end up making a quarter of a billion on a 28 million investment. So It should be okay. So the sequel’s greenlit, we can go ahead and do the follow up now, you know. The first made so much compared to what it cost it would be crazy not to.”

With the second volume of the comic series set to debut this week in Millar’s CLiNT magazine, the movie is once again expected to follow its source material closely. Little is known about the plot for Balls to the Wall, other than it will centre on the influence of Kick-Ass and Red Mist on other would-be superheroes and supervillians.

“Dave is getting deeper and deeper into this very dangerous hobby that he has which is going out every night and getting into fights, dressed in a superhero costume and he’s actually formed a superhero team.”

Millar seems optimistic that the principle cast and crew will return for a sequel, although he voices legitimate concerns regarding the inevitable growth of Hit-Girl actress Chloe Grace Moretz. With Matthew Vaughn in the mist of making X-Men: First Class, the plan is apparently to dive into Kick-Ass 2 next year, immediately after that film’s completion.

Hopefully, however, such concerns will prove unwarranted. That is, providing Kick-Ass 2 makes it into production before Millar’s similarly touted Wanted 2.

To see what happened when Kick-Ass invaded London click here, and for a sneak peak of CLiNT magazine at MTV click here.