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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.

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Exclusive Interview: Super Writer/Director James Gunn news Mar 31, 2011 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.
Ellen Page Gets Her Own Super Poster news Mar 14, 2011 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.
Rainn Wilson Versus Kevin Bacon In The New Trailer For Super news Mar 4, 2011 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”
First Poster For James Gunn's Super Tells Crime To Shut Up news Feb 25, 2011 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.

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