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Every Alternative Superhero Trailer Out There

The trailer for Super, that movie made by Pam’s ex-husband starring Dwight and the girl with the hamburger phone is here. Yes I know their names, but why bother writing them out. And yes it looks a lot like Kick Ass. Which looked a lot like every other alternative superhero movie made. Even the Zack Snyder butchered Watchmen. Or the Woody Harrelson short bus superhero movie. Don’t remember the name and don’t care to look it up. Or Mystery Men. Or Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet mess. Or the Specials, which was the daddy of all these back in 2000.

Where the standard superhero movie exploits a franchise, the alternative movie is supposed to be subversive, poke fun at the conventions, show you what happens when a real person tries to be a superhero and makes a mess of it. And it’s all been done. What’s worse is that there are actual people putting on superhero uniforms and getting into fights or trying to fight crime. Anti-movie crusaders might blame one on the other, but it also makes this whole gimmick redundant. Want to see what really happens when a normal person tries to do this, follow one of the actual costumed vigilantes around town.

Go back to the Specials and Mystery Men and there’s nothing new about these movies. Kick Ass and Super get more extreme. Green Hornet applies the same formula to turn an established superhero into a stoner movie. There’s nothing more to say. Nothing more to do with this. And still I bet there’s a few more movies like this back in the pipeline. Maybe more.

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  • Hemant S March 18, 2011 at 5:46 am

    hey its really good i like it very much

  • Heavy Armor March 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Am I the only one bothered by the fact that the “hero” dons a superhero costume because his marriage is on the outs? I’m sure that the movie will somehow make 6 Degrees of Bacon the evil bad guy to make Vaughn from My Super-Ex good by comparison, but this story has “trainwreck” written all over it.

  • O_Deus March 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

    To the indie crowd that spells edgy.

    Must have been why they added a plucky female sidekick, to make the movie less unappetizing to women

  • Heavy Armor March 20, 2011 at 1:38 am

    If this is considered edgy, then this is in greater trouble than I first believed.

    But I only considered Kitty Pride 3 as a commission of the Hancock mistake; Super Mary was added because the writers wanted Hancock to face G-Girl – so Kitty Pride 3 was added to this film for a ‘more demographically available’ version of Hit-Girl. She seems to be another one of those niche/indy actresses from the Whedon mold; popular in small circles, but limited in terms of talent and charisma.

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