Superman in the DCEU has no logical reason to be a hero. Even when he is trying to be a hero, he never looks particularly happy about what he’s doing. The only reason why Superman is a hero in those movies is because it is what Superman is supposed to be and there’s no real explanation given beyond that. The reason for that, in my opinion, is because people see Kal El and stop looking into Superman, they see nothing deeper. For those who don’t know, the story of Brightburn is simple.
This is one of those rare instances in which I would actually like to see a director’s cut; the meat of the drama is blazed over with great speed, feeling as though there are scenes which are missing from the final product which could have made this good film great. Elizabeth Banks is the stand-out performer, playing the disbelieving but concerned mother with great nous and compassion. David Denman aside, the rest of the cast are rarely given enough screen time to make much of an impact other than as victims, such is the pace of the film.
Instead, everybody goes on about their business as if they did not see an absurd amount of strength or lasers shooting out of a twelve-year-old boy’s eyes. The story revolves around twelve-year-old Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn), who was found as a baby by his parents Tori and Kyle in a spaceship that crashed near the couple’s farm. The two took him in and raised him as their own son, but Brandon begins to discover that he is different and capable of things far greater than the people around him. This alien feature always overshadows the core of Superman and the most important factor of him as a character. Yes, Superman has god-like abilities and could do the impossible, but despite that, he is still a human.
A farm couple, unable to conceive a child of their own, discover a crashed alien spaceship with a baby inside. They raise the child as their own until the day that the child’s alien heritage is revealed and the child steps forwards to achieve the destiny that has been laid out for it. From these facts, it doesn’t take a lot to read between the lines and see that Brightburn is just a horror spin on the tale of Superman. BRIGHTBURN is a new genre of horror flick – superhero sci-fi horror. Horror fans looking to expand their knowledge of international offerings will want to check out this bizarre horror-comedy series. The Norwegian series features dark humor, eccentric character and an eerie tone alongside the comedy.
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This has been described as a horror take on the origin of Superman, which is what came to mind as I watched the trailer. I can’t say it dragged me in, though, and just ended on a jump-scare. Brightburn was announced in 2017 as an Untitled James Gunn Horror Project. The movie already debuted in America back in May and was recently released on June 19 here in the UK.
Some good, gruesome effects might please the horror crowd yet, despite flipping the Superman myth, Brightburn is just too dull to pass the time. James Gunn was recently at the centre of a social media storm regarding his outrageous tweets, but it’s arguably more creatively damaging to be associated with such a middling effort. In the small, dismal town of Brightburn, Kansas, Tori and Kyle Breyer want a child, and they get one when a spaceship crashes near their farm. Brandon is so strong he can stick his hand into a spinning set of blades with impunity. As puberty approaches, however, Brandon’s growing frustration with small-town life threatens to unleash a torrent of violence against those he feels have wronged him. I’m angry because this concept had so much potential to be really great, but sucks that it landed in the hands of terrible writers and filmmakers.
Brightburn now has a second trailer and the film is still due out on May 24th. Brightburn has been rated by the BBFC and although you can’t blame them, they originally rated the film as an 18-certificate uncut, but the studio, Columbia Pictures, chose to go with a censored 15-cert. The film has already been released in the USA, where it has garnered middling reviews. Like other films by Carpenter, it is concerned with consumerist society and criticizes the US capitalist culture during the Regan administration. Finally we have something for classic and eighties horror lovers. Brightburn released in the US on 24 May, and so reviewers have had a couple of weeks to get to grips with the film.