Super Preview: Trailers, Stills & Poster

Posted by Grey Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The superhero film genre continues to evolve with James Gunn's dark comedy, Super.

Yes, Sucker Punch totally took me by surprise as I was totally "unprepared" by its incredibly mediocrity. But more of that later perhaps. The point here is: Has the 2011 movie smackdown bubble been blown apart with the first massive disappointment? Based on what we have seen so far from Super, the dark comedy scheduled to open this April Fool's Day, rejoice. There are still reasons to remain hopeful, as it would seemed.

Super is directed by James Gunn, the twisted mind behind 2006's Slither, a bold comedic take on the run-of-the-mill zombie horror film that was well-received by critics but tanked at the box office. Adding to the man's credit would be his writing stint on the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, as well as The Specials, the underrated superhero film that was released in 2000. Constantly overshadowed by Mystery Men, which shared the then-innovative comedic superhero genre, The Specials is perhaps a sign of things to come as we see the release of Super this April.

Rainn Wilson plays down-on-his-luck ordinary man Frank D'Arbo, whose wife (Liv Tyler. yes, not a typo) leaves him for a glamorous drug dealer, Jock (Kevin Bacon). In his despair, Frank transforms himself into the Crimson Bolt on a twisted quest for truth, justice, and his wife back. Joining him on the quest would be his sidekick Boltie (Ellen Page), a truly demented individual more so than Frank.

Want some proof on that? Check out this two short clips from the film to see just how twisted Boltie truly is? Here's Ellen Page at easily one of her best roles ever (and that's saying a lot for a prolific young actress like Page).

Here's the official plot synopsis:

Super is a hyper-real and shockingly funny look at the extremely violent antics of a down-on-his-luck man as he attempts to win his wife back from a glamorous drug dealer by teaming up with a psychopathic teen to become costumed crimefighters.

And here's the official trailer.

Based on what we see in the trailer, the film seems to have answer the hypothetical question: What if Kick-Ass gets darker? More perverse than the generally feel-good film that was released to relative acclaim last year, Super looks to be a more realistic film with subversive tone bordering on disturbing. Super has earlier premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 1st.

Hit the jump for posters of the film that have been released thus far.

And here are some of the set picture from the film.


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