James Gunn's Super Gets a Release Date (We Think)
11.26.10 by BJSprecher
Writer-director James Gunn's seven-year labor of love, Super, an independent "superhero" movie about a normal guy named Frank (Rainn Wilson) who decides to don a costume and fight crime after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), has finally been given a release date. At least, we think it has. According to SuperHeroHype IFC, which picked up the distribution rights to Super after it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, has slated the movie for release on April 1, 2011. Unless, of course, the given release date is an early April Fool's Day joke.
Those who have only heard the premise of Super often compare it to Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, which also features regular people in costumes fighting crime. But Gunn, who initially wrote the script for Super back in 2003 and decided to press on with it even after discovering Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar's premise, said that just as there are "3,000 bank-heist movies," he feels that moviegoers "could live with four superhero movies of guys without super powers." After seeing the brutal, realistic violence in the Super clip that aired during the 2010 Spike TV Scream Awards, it's hard to imagine Super will continue to be compared to the slick, stylized, almost playful, violence depicted in Kick-Ass after it debuts.
Ellen Page, Linda Cardellini, and Nathan Fillion also star.