We reported on the upcoming release of “Brightburn” a few months ago, the film which asks: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Ed Gross has published a piece at CloserWeekly.com, asking Superman fans and experts on their thoughts on the film’s obvious connection to the Man of Steel.
“The complaint,” notes Steve Younis, webmaster of the Superman Homepage, “for those who don’t ‘get’ Superman is that he’s too good, and therefore boring and ‘uncool.’ These people are usually fans of the antihero archetype, preferring the darker characters like Batman, Wolverine, Punisher, etc. So to ‘fix’ Superman – like he needs fixing – they try to turn his story towards this type of model: ‘How cool would it be to see Superman turn bad?'”
This is a philosophy which obviously plays into Brightburn. Says James Gunn (producer and Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director), “I love this movie because it’s an entirely new take on the superhero genre. It is something we have never seen before. It’s coming at the superhero movie from a pure horror angle. It’s also a more honest way of coming at the superhero myth, because there’s something terrifying about the idea of a super-powered alien that would come to Earth. In every way we watch this movie, he is a ghost, he’s a demon child, and we treated the movie exactly like that.”
You can read the full article at CloserWeekly.com.
Scheduled for release May 27, 2019, the trailer for “Brightburn” even mimicks some of the shots from Zack Snyder’s film.