James Gunn Says Superhero Horror Movie Brightburn Is A 'Great Memorial Day Movie'


The movie summer season is officially here and there will be no shortage of entertainment in the coming months. Obviously, Avengers: Endgame is the pop culture event of the moment, but there's another superhero film coming out soon and it's even produced by a Marvel veteran. Brightburn is produced by James Gunn, and while the movie has lots of competition, Gunn feels it's a great way to spend Memorial Day. What could be better than an evil psycho Superman?

While James Gunn is best known as the writer and director behind the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, the filmmaker has an all-new superhero movie featuring an original character coming to theaters. Brightburn is a Gunn family affair. Gunn's brother Brian and and cousin Mark Gunn wrote the script for the film.

Brightburn tells the story of a couple who adopt an alien baby who crash lands to Earth. However, when the troubled child begins to develop incredible powers, he doesn't exactly decide to use them for good.

If that sounds exactly like Superman but evil, well, that's because it is! The movie wears that inspiration on its sleeve to tell an alternate horror-based take on the iconic superhero. It's not a very complicated concept but it's fun, and when played for scares it could be a really entertaining way to spend the day.

James Gunn feels much the same way. He told Entertainment Weekly that Brightburn would make for a great time at the movies.

A great Memorial Day movie. Who doesn’t want to see an alien child on a murderous rampage as we begin our summer?

Summer movies are all about fun and entertainment, and Brightburn sounds like it fits that bill. The ultimate judgement will happen when the movie arrives in theaters, but thankfully we don't have to wait that long to find out for sure.

Speaking on the subject of James Gunn, the director has some other high-profile superhero projects to look forward to. The filmmaker is writing and directing a reboot of Suicide Squad called The Suicide Squad, which is slated to arrive in theaters on August 6, 2021. After that, Gunn returns to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The film doesn't have a release dat yet, but Marvel is sure to make an announcement concerning that soon enough.

If you are looking for a way to kill time during Memorial Day weekend, you might want to try giving Brightburn a chance. The horror film arrives in theaters on May 24. For everything else coming to theaters in the near future, be sure to check out our handy 2019 movie release guide. For more movie news, be sure to check back in with CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to keep you updated as soon as that information is available.

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.