Super (2011)


Super tells the story of a regular man who becomes a Super Hero, but he may not be all that super after all.

After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.

Well, that’s the official synopsis. I’ll say that, based on the clips that have been released, it looks funny, although perhaps a little too quirky for my tastes. Plus there have been a number of these films lately, with Kick-Ass probably being the best.

The inclusion of Rainn Wilson and especially Ellen Page make me hopeful. Perhaps they’ll elevate the material to something watchable.



So it’s not a trailer. But a film clip is the best I can do at present.

The Scoop

Writer/director James Gunn has written a number of films, such as the Scooby Doo films, and the Dawn of the Dead remake. He’s only directed Slither, which was mostly unremarkable, but still gives you a feel for his style. It could work. Maybe.

Who’s It For?

No rating yet, but likely PG-13.

Movie Release Date

TBA 2010-2011.

Who’s In It?

Rainn Wilson … Frank D’Arbo/The Crimson Bolt
Ellen Page … Libby/Boltie
Liv Tyler … Sarah Helgeland
Kevin Bacon … Jacques
Gregg Henry … Detective John Felkner
Michael Rooker … Abe

Interesting Fact

Batman didn’t need superpowers to fight crime. True story.

Related Movies

Kick-Ass, Defendor, Special, Hancock

What’s Good About It?

Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page.

What’s Bad About It?

I feel like this is already overdone, even though the other attempts at this style of film have been mostly direct to DVD.

Our Clever Prediction

Low box office. This film, as far as I know, has been completed for a while. The studio is trying to get some grassroots support, and it doesn’t seem to be coming. I doubt it’ll make much of a splash.

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