Super (2011)

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In the outlandish dark comedy Super, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes.

When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!

No stranger to rebel filmmaking, James Gunn cut his teeth writing for Troma before making his directing debut with 2006’s Slither. In a similar vein, his follow-up feature combines absurd humor with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable. But this time Gunn adds a new ingredient, one that is dark, dramatic and subversive to the core.
Super Release Date
In Theaters April 1, 2011
Super Credits
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion
Directed by: James Gunn
Produced by: Miranda Bailey, Ted Hope
Length: 96 min
Distributor: IFC Midnight
External Info: Super Official Website
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Interview: Super's Ellen Page Interview: Super's Ellen Page
At only 24 years old, Ellen Page has accomplished quite a bit. She’s done everything from earning an Oscar nomination for her performance in Juno, to being a part of a major Hollywood blockbuster in X-Men: The Last Stand. It’s about time that she act a bit loose and go totally crazy, and that’s exactly what she gets to do in James Gunn’s Super.
by Eric Eisenberg April 1, 2011 discussion comments
Exclusive Interview: Super Writer/Director James Gunn Exclusive Interview: Super Writer/Director James Gunn
James Gunn is a director who’s not afraid to make you squirm. From his work with the notorious Troma Entertainment to his 2006 comedy/horror Slither, the man has a knack for finding exactly what will truly get into the audience’s head. That’s certainly the case in his newest film, Super.
by Eric Eisenberg March 31, 2011 discussion comments
Ellen Page Gets Her Own Super Poster Ellen Page Gets Her Own Super Poster
Here’s a new poster for Super, the latest movie from director James Gunn. It’s another attempt to take the superhero genre in a skewed direction. Matthew Vaughn tried something similar last year in Kick-Ass and, despite a lot of pre-release buzz, managed only mixed results at the box office.
by Josh Tyler March 14, 2011 discussion comments
Rainn Wilson Versus Kevin Bacon In The New Trailer For Super Rainn Wilson Versus Kevin Bacon In The New Trailer For Super
What happens when Rainn Wilson plays a superhero? About what you’d expect. The new trailer for Super contains that obligatory scene where a middle-aged man wanders through a comic book store pulling titles off the shelf, acting amazed that there are these things called “superheroes”
by Josh Tyler March 4, 2011 discussion comments
First Poster For James Gunn's Super Tells Crime To Shut Up First Poster For James Gunn's Super Tells Crime To Shut Up
When making a movie that has Rainn Wilson playing an ultra-violent amateur superhero, it would be a crime not to give the film some creative artwork to go with it. Though the cast is pretty damn stellar, including the likes of Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion and Liv Tyler, having them all stand together in triangle formation or be shown as floating heads would just be stupid. Luckily that's not the case here.
by Eric Eisenberg February 25, 2011 discussion comments
Rainn Wilson Exacts Violent Justice In New Clip From Super Rainn Wilson Exacts Violent Justice In New Clip From Super
Warning: I do not lie when I say this clip is violent. If you're feeling strong enough, though, give it a shot anyway. The film is set for release sometime next year
by Katey Rich October 20, 2010 discussion comments
Super Picked Up By IFC At TIFF, Releases New Clip Online Super Picked Up By IFC At TIFF, Releases New Clip Online
Super is by no means a perfect film, and has received more mixed reviews here than all-out raves, but it's a twisted and dark kind of crowdpleaser with a lot to offer to anyone who thought Kick-Ass
by Will LeBlanc And Katey Rich September 13, 2010 discussion comments
TIFF Review: Super Is Inconsistent, Immoral, Violent And Fun TIFF Review: Super Is Inconsistent, Immoral, Violent And Fun
The TIFF Midnight Madess crowd ate it up when I saw it last night, but I suspect they had the same experience I did of coming home and realizing how much of the film didn't work once all the pieces were in place
by Katey Rich September 11, 2010 discussion comments
Rainn Wilson And Ellen Page Make Pipe Bombs In New Super Stills Rainn Wilson And Ellen Page Make Pipe Bombs In New Super Stills
The last time we heard from James Gunn's Super, he brought both good and bad news. The good news was two stills that gave us our first look at Rainn Wilson in costume as the Crimson Bolt and Liv Tyler
by Eric Eisenberg August 26, 2010 discussion comments
First Look At Will Ferrell, Megan Fox, Jennifer Connelly And More In Their Toronto Film Festival Roles First Look At Will Ferrell, Megan Fox, Jennifer Connelly And More In Their Toronto Film Festival Roles
Take a look at Megan Fox as an angel, Will Ferrell selling his belongings on his front lawn, Richard Jenkins doing some bloody work and much more
by Katey Rich August 17, 2010 discussion comments
First Photos From James Gunn's Super First Photos From James Gunn's Super
Walking out of Comic Con, some of the best footage that I got to see belonged to James Gunn's Super. Shown on Friday in Hall H, the day when everyone had somewhere else to be other than the Convention Center
by Eric Eisenberg July 29, 2010 discussion comments
Comic Con: Live Blogging The Super Panel Comic Con: Live Blogging The Super Panel
If you checked our Comic Con 2010 preview page, you know that one of the panels that we are most excited for this year is James Gunn's Super. Well, we're on hand and we're happy to bring you the play-by-play!
by Eric Eisenberg July 23, 2010 discussion comments
Schedule For Day Two Of Comic-Con Revealed With Piranha 3D, Green Hornet And More Schedule For Day Two Of Comic-Con Revealed With Piranha 3D, Green Hornet And More
San Diego Comic-Con is now less than 15 days away. Yesterday, we watched as the schedule for the first day of the convention, Thursday
by Eric Eisenberg July 9, 2010 discussion comments
Linda Cardellini And Nathan Fillion Are Super Linda Cardellini And Nathan Fillion Are Super
James Gunn already has Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon on the roster to star inSuper, but now he’s added nine more, all of which he’s worked with in the past. The most notable new additions are Nathan Fillion and Linda Cardellini
by Perri Nemiroff January 11, 2010 discussion comments
Kevin Bacon Is James Gunn's Villainous Drug Dealer In Super Kevin Bacon Is James Gunn's Villainous Drug Dealer In Super
What happened to Kevin Bacon? Back in the '90s he was a huge star, doing movies like Tremors, A Few Good Men and Apollo 13, but sometime in the past decade he kind of fell off the map, only showing up for roles in major films every few years
by Eric Eisenberg December 18, 2009 discussion comments
Rainn Wilson Becomes A Superhero Rainn Wilson Becomes A Superhero
The last thing this world needs is another superhero parody. So of course Rainn Wilson is doing one. He’s set to star in Super as an average guy who starts calling himself Crimson Bolt after his wife falls under the sway of a drug deale
by Josh Tyler September 11, 2009 discussion comments
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