What if Superman grew up to be the exact opposite of super?!
Brightburn, available from Friday 6 March in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15
James Gunn’s Brightburn asks what would really happen if an alien of immeasurable, unimaginable power crash-landed on Earth… and didn’t end up becoming an upstanding American citizen with a penchant for newspaper journalism and catching falling planes.
Taking clear cues from the Superman mythos, it flips the script on what we know from decades of comic-book pages and films. The film tells the classic story of a baby alien who, after crash-landing on Earth, is raised by human parents (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman). So far, so standardly superheroic. But all is not as it seems (nor as we expect!) as Brandon (Jackson A Dunn) starts to discover his superpowered alien abilities…
Gunn, who produces here, is himself an old hand at superhero stuff with the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies. Director David Yarovesky manages to make Brightburn a really terrifying film, flicking deftly between straight-up horror and more heroic tropes. The whole film is underpinned by a realistic sense of otherworldly power and the three central performances really play up the horror of such a situation happening.
Subverting the idea of what it means to be a superhero is a consistently entertaining idea, and as the genre becomes even more popular at the movies, it’s an increasingly exciting one too! With that in mind, we’ve looked at other superheroes who’ve turned bad, antiheroes and some straight-up villains in our superhero alignment scale of good to bad. Click/hover on the characters below to find out more…
But wait, there’s more…
You’ll find all sorts of wrong’uns, evil acts and fiends on Sky Cinema this month, with a bevy of horror, superhero and monster flicks on the horizon. From comic-book antiheroes like Ghost Rider and Legion to classic killers like Dracula, plus big, bad beasties like Godzilla and the deadly dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, get your fix of evildoers with Sky Cinema.
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