‘Brightburn’ Featurette Introduces You to Superhero Horror

/Film | 5/24/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Brightburn takes the story of Superman, and adds a twist: what if Superman turned out to be evil, instead of good? The answer: lots and lots of gore. The new horror movie, which opens this week, makes for a creepy blend of comic book and slasher movie tropes, and according to the makers of the movie, creates a whole new genre. That genre is superhero horror. Watch a new Brightburn featurette below in which producer James Gunn and star Elizabeth Banks discuss the film’s approach to genre.

“It’s a movie that’s both familiar and completely unique,” producer James Gunn says in the video above. And he’s got a point. Brightburn borrows a lot from Superman – it follows a child from another planet who crashes in Kansas, and is raised by a couple living on a farm. And that child grows to have superpowers. The twist arrives when we see this super-kid using his newfound powers to wreck havoc rather than save people. The end result is a surprisingly nasty (and gory) horror flick. As I wrote in my review:


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