Written and directed by Peter Stebbings, and starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings, Defendor is a superhero dramedy which centers around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he’s a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager prostitute he befriends. It’s part Kick-Ass, part Sopranos, and part Kpax. I screened the film at the premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and can tell you that it is not your typical superhero movie. Actually, it features no super powers, and the vigilantism is more Home Alone than Death Wish. It’s a character piece with both dramatic and comic elements. It is worth checking out, but not worth going out of your way to see (ie I’d reccomend netflixing the home video release). We now have an official trailer for the film, embedded after the jump.
Here is the official plot synopsis:
Reality intersects with delusion in the mind of Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson), a regular man who adopts a superhero persona known as Defendor, and combs the city streets at night in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. In his attempts to combat crime and bring down Captain Industry, a drug and weapons dealer who he mistakenly blames for the death of his mother, Defendor ends up befriending a young prostitute, Katerina Debrofkowitz (Kat Dennings). Armed with unconventional weapons of mass confusion, aided by his new friend, and putting his life on the line, Defendor proves that everyone is capable of making a difference.
The film also features Elias Koteas and Sandra Oh. Defendor will be released in a few theaters begining on February 26th, before being released on DVD on April 30th.