Sony Pictures has released the first red-band clip from Brightburn. Produced by James Gunn and directed by David Yarovesky, the upcoming horror film re-imagines the origin story of Superman but instead of becoming a hero, an alien child with superpowers becomes a villain instead.
In this clip, you can see how Yarovesky aims to build tension by almost approaching the scene like a slasher film, as if a superhero wandered into a Friday the 13th movie. There are also some cool touches like how the hapless victim is half-blinded by getting glass in her eye so the POV shots are partially in red.
But watching this scene unfold, I can’t help but wonder if the movie has a theme and story of its own, or if it’s just a parody without the humor. Yes, if Superman had turned out to be evil, that would be very bad, but that’s not the Superman story. If anything, the core of Superman’s origin is meant to be an inspirational immigrant story. He came from a homeworld that was destroyed and because good Americans took him in, he was good for America. I don’t want to assume Brightburn is an anti-immigrant story just because the superkid is evil, but I’m genuinely curious if this all adds up to anything unique or if it’s nothing more than a riff.
Check out the Brightburn clip below. The film opens May 24th and stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, and Meredith Hagner.
Here’s the official synopsis for Brightburn:
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.