There are a couple of things that make Kick-Ass more than just your average summer superhero franchise - for one, the characters feel more real because they are ordinary human beings who don't possess any sort of special powers.
The first film from three years ago, in fact, also gave the genre a big kick up the buttocks by parodying the celluloid masked crusaders who take themselves too seriously.
Not to mention, it had a cherubic scene-stealer in Chloë Moretz as Hit Girl, the pint-sized prepubescent heroine with an angelic smile and a potty mouth.
And then there's the ultra-violent action scenes, executed in John-Woomeets- The-Matrix gravity-defying style.
New writer-director Jeff Wadlow, taking over both duties from Matthew Vaughn who settles for a producer role, serves up a second helping of all that and a bit more in the sequel, Kick-Ass 2.
Comedian Jim Carrey has been added to the cast although he's now denounced the film for its extreme violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre. A new ensemble of even more ridiculous superheroes and villains joins in to beef up the action quota.
The plot picks up directly from the first film; Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is ready to hang up his Kick Ass spandex after inspiring other ordinary citizens to become their own vigilante law enforcers while Mindy has promised her late father she will no longer take on her Hit Girl persona and just live the life of an ordinary teenager.
But the bad guy won't give up with Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) retiring Red Mist and transforming himself into The Mother***er instead. Not only that, he assembles his own team of villains to fight Justice Forever, the good guys led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey).