We Brought Our Friends: Meet Justice Forever
When Marcus, Big Daddy's former partner and
Mindy's guardian, makes Mindy retire from her
dangerous after-school job as Hit Girl, Dave joins
forces with Justice Forever, a vigilante group of
masked crusaders. Wadlow explains
this super-team's role in the plot: "A
big part of the movie focuses on these
characters trying to find who they are
and defining themselves through the
company they keep. Dave starts feeling
like a superhero when he's hanging out
with superheroes, and there are three
characters in the mix who personify
that sense of belonging: the Colonel,
who is a real father figure for him; Dr.
Gravity, who becomes his new best
buddy; and Night Bitch, who becomes
his new romantic interest. You see Dave
enjoying being a part of this group
through these relationships, especially."
In charge of recruiting and leading Justice Forever
is Colonel Stars and Stripes, a morally driven ex-
mobster, played by the incomparable comedy superstar
Jim Carrey. Decked out in camouflage gear and a
mask, the Colonel patrols the streets with his trusted
and masked sidekick, a German shepherd named
Eisenhower. A fusion of Colonel Stars and Lieutenant
Stripes from Millar and Romita's book, the Colonel is
as tough as he is unpredictable.
Discussing Colonel Stars and Stripes, Wadlow
muses: "I don't think 'wild card' begins to describe
the Colonel. The character is a bit of a cipher, even on
the page. He's a born-again Christian; he's an ex-mob
enforcer; nobody knows what his deal is. Jim Carrey was
at the top of our list from the very beginning, but I thought
it would never happen. This is not a massive movie,
and he is one of the biggest movie stars in the world.
So when we found out he was a fan of the franchise
and he might be interested, obviously we pursued him
doggedly. When I finally got on the phone with him, I knew
that he was going to do something special. The way he
carried himself, the way he transformed his body, and the way
he moved...he just crafted a character that is not at all what
people expect from either Jim Carrey or from the Colonel."
"Jim had clear ideas about how he wanted to play
it, and he went the extra mile to get it done," adds
Pack, referring to the prosthetics and teeth Carrey had
made to transform his face and look more like Romita's
illustrations. The producer continues: "Jim is such a
fantastic comedian that it's easy to overlook that he's a
brilliant, serious actor, too. In combining those talents
in this character, Jim created something extraordinary."
Best known for his starring role in television's long-running Scrubs, Donald Faison plays Dr. Gravity, one
of the more enthusiastic members of Justice Forever.
Wadlow explains how Faison became an integral part
of the team: "I knew Donald from a TV show he did
with me a couple years ago. When we were casting
Dr. Gravity, I kept saying, 'We have to find someone
like Donald Faison.' Finally, I said, 'Why don't we
get Donald to do it?' I asked if he would be willing to
come to London, and he said, 'Dude, you just made
my life! I've been dying to play a superhero; it would
be my pleasure.' We're lucky to have him because he
epitomizes the enthusiasm that Dr. Gravity has for being
Actress Lindy Booth, who appeared in Wadlow's
first feature film, Cry_Wolf, and in Zack Snyder's
Dawn of the Dead, plays the awesomely named Night
Bitch. Ballet teacher Miranda Swedlow assumes the
superhero persona after her sister is brutally murdered.
Night Bitch patrols the streets with Kick-Ass at her
side, and the attraction she feels toward him is very
much mutual. Ultimately, it's Night Bitch who explains
to Kick-Ass that although they tried to make the world
a better place, their superhero antics actually might
have made it worse.
The Justice Forever team is rounded out by Insect
Man, played by British film, stage and television actor
Robert Emms, whose recent credits include Steven
Spielberg's War Horse and Tarsem Singh's Mirror
Mirror. Tired of getting bullied his whole life for being
gay, Insect Man has decided it is time to stand up for
the defenseless, and is the only superhero not to wear a
mask because it'd be too much like "being in the closet."
Accomplished British actors of stage and screen,
Steven Mackintosh and Monica Dolan appear as
Tommy's Dad and Tommy's Mom, who have created
the superhero duo Remembering Tommy to honor their
son who vanished. They wear masks and tracksuits, as
well as T-shirts that read "Remembering Tommy."
It's at the Justice Forever headquarters that Dave's
friend, Marty, reveals his superhero persona, Battle Guy
(after a far-fetched story that sounds awfully derivative of Bruce Wayne's rise to crime fighter). Reprising his
role from Kick-Ass as Marty is Clark Duke. Joining the
franchise is Augustus Prew, a self-proclaimed massive
fan of the first film, who jumped at the opportunity
when the original Todd, Evan Peters, was not available.
Todd desperately wants to join his best friends in Justice
Forever, but their jokes about his alter ego's derivative
name don't sit well with the man known as Ass Kicker.
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