What if a child from outer space crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? This is exactly what James Gunn explores in 'Brightburn'.
The 2016 movie Suicide Squad teased an interesting concept with fans of the superhero genre. What if one day, the superhumans that we love and admire so much, turn out to be villains rather than heroes? James Gunn's upcoming thriller Brightburn explores this very subject. The Guardians Of The Galaxy director takes Superman's origin story and pretty much turns it into a horror fest in this film. Starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, and the young and supremely talented Jackson A. Dunn, Brightburn tells the story of how an alien who looks human doesn't always turn out to be a savior for mankind.
Sony Pictures released a new trailer for the film on March 6 and the almost 3-minute-long trailer dives deeper into the terrors inflicted by the extraterrestrial child, Brandon Breyer (played by Dunn). Much like DC's red-caped superhero, the humanoid alien crash lands on earth and is adopted by a rural Kansas couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman). However, Brandon is no Clark Kent. The boy discovers his superhuman capabilities pretty early in life and rather than use it to help those in need, he uses his extraterrestrial powers to embark on a murderous path.
The new trailer begins with a shot of the villainous teen utilizing, what appears to be infrared vision, but with an unmistakable lust for blood. Though it features many scenes already seen in the first trailer for the movie which debuted a few months ago, it gives us a deeper insight into what Brandon is capable of. One scene, in particular, conveys a sense of just how inhumane the teen is. We see Dunn's character, covered in soot, sitting in the back of an ambulance and munching on something without a care in the world while smoke arises from the debris of a crashed passenger flight nearby.
Though it isn't clear whether he happened to be on the flight and miraculously escaped unharmed (thanks to his superpowers) or whether he had a hand in bringing the aircraft down, a shot of his eerie symbol on the plane gives us reason to believe it is the latter. The trailer also puts forth a timeline of sorts of Brandon going from being oblivious about his powers, to gradually testing the limits of his capabilities, to fully embracing his dark side and going on a rampage against all those who wrong him and in some unfortunate cases, even the innocent ones.
Brightburn. A child from another world crash-lands on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? Superman a serial killer? Why have I only just heard of this?https://t.co/6ev9mcIQvn pic.twitter.com/qBvBECPMKm— Marc Lindsay (@MarcLindsay_) March 3, 2019
Things really fall apart when his adoptive mother, who earlier defended him to even her own husband, finally accepts the truth about her son's inherent evilness. There's a scene showing her crouching under a countertop in the kitchen in fear, as the boy bulldozes through the walls of the house back and forth at high speed. We realize there is no evil-turns-good plot twist in this tale as he hovers creepily above what was once his home. The trailer does a good job of selling the film to viewers, as rather than relying on cheap jumpscares as seen in most horror flicks featuring child antagonists, this one features truly terrifying moments of the likes of when he crushes a classmates hand in response to being bullied by his peers.
The film appears to make several not-so-subtle yet clever and unapologetic references to the Kryptonian superhero. Especially, the hint of a red cape in one shot is a really nice touch. While Clark Kent put on his iconic blue suit for good, Brandon fashions a super-villain persona (Brightburn) for himself that is evil to the very core. Using the superhero genre for horror is a nice touch which, come to think about it, has been long overdue. And using one of the most powerful and popular superheroes as its base is quite the smart move.
Using a warped version of the Superman ’S’ we all draw as kids to telegraph that the wee Brightburn is a sociopath? That’s *good*, good. pic.twitter.com/Fgee1qP8sq— Charles Pulliam-Moore (@CharlesPulliam) March 6, 2019
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? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror, reads the official synopsis for the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie has been directed by The Hive filmmaker David Yarovesky, with James Gunn and Kenneth Huang stepping in as producers. Brian Gunn, Dan Clifton, Simon Hatt, and Nic Crawley, are attached to the movie as executive producers.
Gunn's brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn have penned the script for the film, which the studio is reportedly calling, "a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre." According to Screen Rant, Gunn had originally planned to reveal the film's title and trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con in July last year, but following his sudden fall from grace due to the resurfacing of old offensive tweets, it was delayed. The project's distributor, Sony postponed the movie's debut from November 2018 to May 2019, as well as, putting off the title unveiling until Brazil's Comic-Con Experience, back in December.