Control yourselves, fanboys. The latest new clip from writer-director James Gunn's dark "superhero" comedy, Super—about a man (Rainn Wilson) who becomes a costumed vigilante to try to win back his wife (Liv Tyler) after she is stolen away from him by a charismatic drug dealer (Kevin Bacon)—contains footage of Academy Award-nominated ingenue actress Ellen Page acting "inappropriate" in a skintight superhero costume. Proceed with caution. check out the "inappropriate" new clip >> Posted 03.25.11 by BrentJS
Writer-director James Gunn's eight-year labor of love, Super, will finally come to term on April 1st when the movie opens in theaters. A selection of four new posters have been released on the official Facebook page for the movie to help promote its release. A dark, quirky "superhero" movie in the vein of Defendor and Kick-Ass, Super stars Rainn Wilson (The Office TV series) as Frank, a regular guy who creates a costume and sets out to right wrongs as the Crimson Bolt after an "interesting" drug dealer (Kevin Bacon) steals his wife (Liv Tyler). Armed with a mighty wrench, his crime-fighting catchphrase, "Shut up, crime," and with teenage sidekick Boltie (Ellen Page) in tow, Frank aims to clean up the town and win back his wife one busted skull at a time. Linda Cardellini, and Nathan Fillion also star. check out the latest trailer >> Posted 03.24.11 by BrentJS
Writer-director James Gunn (Slither) has been aggressively promoting his upcoming "superhero" movie Super, a labor of love project that Gunn began writing in 2003 and has been working on trying to make ever since. Gunn released a poster for the movie last week, and now the trailer has finally arrived.
Super follows a short order cook named Frank (Rainn Wilson) who decides to fight crime as a costumed superhero named the Crimson Bolt after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer named Jacques (Kevin Bacon). Wilson eventually gets a sidekick in Boltie, played by Ellen Page. Watch the trailer >> Posted 03.05.11 by Ryan
Writer-director James Gunn has been relatively quiet of late about his upcoming "superhero" movie Super, which follows a short order cook named Frank (Rainn Wilson) who decides to fight crime as a costumed superhero after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon).
Gunn originally wrote Super in 2003, but wasn't able to make it until years later, when Gunn's "email buddy" and comic book writer Mark Millar had started writing Kick-Ass, which featured a similar storyline about a high school teenager who decides to fight crime alongside a younger, female sidekick. While Super also has a sidekick in Ellen Page, Gunn pointed out last September that his "movie could live with four superhero movies of guys without super powers" and that Super is "a little darker" than Kick-Ass. To prove it, Gunn has released the first poster for the movie, which adds the tagline, "he'll totally f**king beat evil.
A new preview clip for the movie is also online, shown during Rainn's appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. The clip shows the first meeting between Rainn and Page. watch the clip >> Posted 02.26.11 by Ryan
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, reports revealed a release date for writer-director James Gunn's Super, which Gunn has been developing since 2003. follows a short order cook named Frank (Rainn Wilson) who decides to become a superhero and fight crime after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Gunn took to his website to confirm the release date.
more on Super and the new photos >> Posted 11.29.10 by Ryan
It’s true: Super will be opening on April 1st, 2011. That first week we will be in only Los Angeles and New York. However, on the following week, April 8, 2011, we will be in fifteen to twenty of the twenty-five biggest markets in the United States. Around that same time, we will also be available on VOD. And, after that, only God knows — perhaps more cities, perhaps not. It depends a lot on what you guys demand and want.
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. More about Super >> Posted 11.26.10 by BrentJS
A new clip from writer-director James Gunn's upcoming violent black comedy, Super, debuted during the 2010 Spike TV Scream Awards and now it has been released online. The independent "superhero" movie about an everyman (Rainn Wilson) who dons a costume to go after the drug dealer (Kevin Bacon) who has seduced his wife (Liv Tyler), has struggled to avoid comparisons to Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, which also features non-powered people in costumes fighting crime, but this new clip shows that the violence in Super is far more realistic and gritty than the stylized violence in Vaughn's movie. Warning: This clip is NSFW!
Super debuted in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and is expected to get a limited theatrical release later this year. Ellen Page, Linda Cardellini, and Nathan Fillion also star. Posted 10.23.10 by BrentJS
James Gunn is known amongst horror fans for writing the screenplay for 2004's Dawn of the Dead, directing 2006's Slither and stealing producer Brian Grazer's haircut, but this year sees Gunn expand his reputation to the comic book world with Super, which follows Rainn Wilson as a short order cook who decides to become a superhero when his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where IFC picked up the distribution rights, ending Gunn's long history with Super, one he explained to SuperHeroHype began in 2003.
What about Kick-Ass? Do they compare? >> Posted 09.18.10 by Ryan
This was a script I wrote in 2003. It was gonna be a short film and I just kept writing and it got long, that's all. So I fell in love with the script. It was something I really wanted to tell. I had producers back in 2005, Chuck Roven, who produced The Dark Knight, and I even had backing. I had a lot more money for the movie at that time too from this other company, but we couldn't agree on a lead actor.
The cast of writer-director James Gunn's labor of love Super, currently in production in Louisiana, has been filled out with the addition of 11 more cast members. According to ComingSoon, Nathan Fillion, Linda Cardellini, and nine others join Rainn Wilson, Kevin Bacon, and Liv Tyler in the "super" hero movie. Nine of the 11 additions are actors that Gunn has worked with previously.
These are people I like and admire but with whom I also share common creative goals. It helps imbue Super with an uncommon life, warmth, and energy. Super is an act of love for all of us, and it's wonderful having the people I love the most helping me make it.
Described by Gunn as a "dark, comedic, gritty, very unusual, and grounded" on his personal website, Super tells the story of a regular guy (Wilson) who becomes the costumed hero The Crimson Bolt to win back his wife (Tyler) from a drug dealer (Bacon). Fillion will portray the pop icon who inspires Frank's transformation from "zero" to "hero," while Cardellini will play a potential love interest. Posted 01.19.10 by BrentJS
Writer-director James Gunn has been developing his new picture, Super, for years and the final pieces of the pre-production puzzle are finally falling into place with the addition of another lead actor and a new producer. According to Screen Daily, Amanda Marshall of Ambush Entertainment has joined the production team and Kevin Bacon has signed on to star opposite Rainn Wilson.
Super tells the story of an ordinary man (Wilson) who puts on a superhero costume and goes out in search of the drug dealer (Bacon) who has charmed away his wife (Liv Tyler). First announced via his personal website back in September, Gunn said that Super is "not a spoof" of superhero movies, but rather a "dark, comedic, gritty, very unusual, and grounded film" with themes of "love, violence, perseverance, and faith."
Gunn was recently quoted as saying that Bacon is the perfect actor for the role of Jacques, the drug dealer, because of his range.
Kevin Bacon is one of the few actors nimble enough to give life to Jacques, our supervillain with a nice streak. We need to love Jacques even while he's doing horrible things – Kevin is one of the only actors I know who can pull that off.
Super will also star Ellen Page as Libby, a "kid sidekick" to Wilson's costumed alter-ego the Crimson Bolt. Posted 12.20.09 by BrentJS