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Paul Lloyd
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Posted: 09 December 2018 at 4:16am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

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I guess Superman's origin story is so generic, now, there's no copyright issues.
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Joe Zhang
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Maybe as a Netflix movie, the kind you skip through to get to the interesting parts. But not the kind of movie you have to watch from beginning to end in a theatre. 

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I'm intrigued.

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I'm a huge fan of Gunn's "The Specials" and "Super," so I think it's worth noting that this was written by his brothers and not him. The idea of taking a familiar premise and making it into a horror film is tried and true. "The Wizard of Oz" gets horror treatments, as does "Alice in Wonderland." There is nothing new in this set-up, only that the baby from the rocket isn't going to prioritize truth, justice, or the American way. Just a "children's" story being turned on its ear.

"Smallville" tried elements of this as well. Back when that show was on the air, a cheaply made sci-fi film called "Electra" came out with essentially the same premise except that the bad guy was going to kidnap the super-teen's mom and turn her into a brainwashed super-powered temptress bent on seducing her own son. Starring Shannon Tweed as Annette O'Toole. 

This reminds me of "Electra" without Shannon Tweed. I'm still intrigued enough to go see it, but only as much as I'd be to go see a Joss Whedon film written by his brothers.

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That's what happens when it isn't Ma and Pa Kent.
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"That's what happens when it isn't Ma and Pa Kent."

I dunno.  The folks who find this alien seem nice enough.

I get the impression the kid in this movie was predestined to be a naughty one.
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Posted: 12 December 2018 at 10:46am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

"SuperOmen"
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As long as this isn't a DC film calling itself "Superman" or "Man of Steel," it could be interesting!

The mask looks a little dopey, but I wonder if that's more of a legal reason, to differentiate it enough from the previous stabs at Superman and "Smallville."



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This kinda works as Ultraman's origin story from Earth-3.
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Stephen Churay
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Looks like evil kid Superman. I didn't
read comic associated with INJUSTICE for
this reason.
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I'm surprised this isn't actionable. Seems a bit too dark and serious to fall under parody. Though I guess there have been several comics and comic characters over the years from the evil Hyperion to the Plutonian that have done essentially the same thing without legal action by DC.
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My guess is that when push comes to shove in the movie, it's not going to be a rocket he arrived in and the visuals are not going to involve a red and blue super-suit. My guess is that the trailer is all about the Smallville-style set-up (or rather Smallvile, for you DC parallel-Earthers out there) and the film will be all about how it's not really about that after all. 

And a parody doesn't have to be funny to be a parody, as evidenced by the slew of XXX parody films out there. It simply has to differ enough in intent so as not to be read as the original.

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What the hell could a cafeteria lady have done to cause that much terror? 
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Final trailer for BRIGHTBURN is out. I know what I'm doing this weekend. I think this looks great. 
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Look like a Mark Millar "concept".
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Posted: 21 May 2019 at 4:21pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

I think we can add this to the list of “Ways to Tell When You’re Too Old for Superheroes”.
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I just read a synopsis of the plot, and was repulsed. And I also saw an interview with the director, who prefers the term “evil superhero” to “supervillain” in regards to descriptions of the main character. Which serves as a clear demonstration that he Doesn’t Get It.

Haven’t there been enough deconstructions of Superman, already? This looks like a riff on Alan Moore’s ultraviolent Kid Miracleman, which was nearly 40 years ago. Considering that the DC movies can’t even get Superman right, maybe we should focus more on reaffirming the myth rather than tearing it down and turning it into a subversive and depressing gorefest. 

Because, if enough time goes by without a proper version of Superman being passed down through the generations, then eventually there won’t BE a Superman around to serve as an aspirational character for kids.
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An article in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN referred to “evil superheroes” many a moon ago. I read no further.
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I wouldn't mind these dark reimaginings of Superman so much if we had a smiling, confident, well adjusted Superman in the Warner Bros. movies. I feel like the tagline for every Superman appearance since Superman Returns has been "You will believe a man can cry."
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When I was set to do Captain Marvel, before DC prematurely revealed they’d lied to me, it was on the rising wave of “dark” characters and stories. I most certainly did not want to darken Cap, so instead I decided to make Fawcett City the nastiest place on Earth. Tag line, “In the city of darkness there is a new light.” Cake eaten.

So why do all these brilliant innovators START by breaking the characters?

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Saw it. Liked it.
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I read the plot synopsis over at The Movie Spoiler. Hard pass.





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I can't disassociate it from being a thinly veiled Superman and I just don't want to see or imagine Superman that way.


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Rotten Tomatoes sez “Although Brightburn doesn't fully deliver on the pitch-black promise of its setup, it's still enough to offer a diverting subversion of the superhero genre.”

So, a perfect movie for the Trump error—sorry, era, then.

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