Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
We don’t yet have a trailer for James Gunn‘s Super, but the Spike Awards proved to be good for something when the show broadcast one of the clips that was shown at Comic Con this past summer. This was the clip that got me immediately on board with the film. It shows Rainn Wilson’s character getting steamed when a couple of jerks cut in front of him in line, and then demonstrates how his ‘heroic’ alter-ego deals with the situation.
Super looks like a movie with a very specific appeal, but if you get a sick laugh out of this R-rated scene, it is almost certainly for you.
IFC picked up the film during the Toronto Film Festival and will release it next year. Here’s what writer/director James Gunn had to say about the basic release pattern and the general tone of the film:
SUPER will be released in at least 15 of the top 25 markets in the U.S. But we are going to meet the market’s demands. We are not going to make the mistakes many other R-rated superhero movies made, and try to appeal to everyone. As I say in the interview above, this is not a movie for everyone. It is for those of us who are a little off-center. Its violence and humor and tonal shifts are all purposefully jarring, so it’s for people with more extreme tastes. Right now we have a film made on a very limited budget, which can easily make its money back. So, although there will be a theatrical release, it will not be released into two thousand theaters across the country unless somehow the market demands it.
When sad sack Frank D’Arbo (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself unable to cope. But when the finger of God blesses his brain (don’t ask), D’Arbo decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. In order to get his wife back, he must first fight his way up the criminal ranks, and he begins by taking a monkey wrench to the foreheads of a couple who cut in line at the movies. As Crimson Bolt begins to make the headlines, a young woman from the local comic book store (Ellen Page) joins in on the fun as his sexually charged sidekick, Boltie.