One tidbit from The New Republic's profile of writer Mark Millar in which he said he didn't really "think it matters" whether a bad guy rapes someone in a comic is some elaboration on why the infamous gang-rape scene from he and John Romita Jr.'s Kick-Ass 2 was cut from the film. Also cut, apparently, a scene in which a dog is killed.

According to the film's director, Jeff Wadlow, moviegoers don't need those scenes like comic readers do, because he's working with real people rather than drawings. See his full quote, along with comments from star Christopher Mintz-Plasse, after the jump.

Here's the entirety of what Wadlow said about cutting those scenes:

There are things Mark and John [Romita Jr.] have to do in a comic book to get a response from an audience that I don't necessarily have to do in a movie, because they're dealing with approximations of people. They're drawings, right? So there's automatically a separation. I've got real-live people in front of my cameras so to create that emotional response, I don't necessarily have to go as far.

Mintz-Plasse said the rape and dog-killing scenes were simply "a little too much for this kind of world, because this is still a comic-book world."

He added: "It brings the tone down. It's a little too dark."

Here's the full video of Digital Spy's interviews with Mintz-Plasse and Wadlow, along with comments from Millar himself:

Kick-Ass 2 opens in theaters this Friday.

[Via Digital Spy]