James Gunn's Superhero Horror Movie Brightburn Gets First Trailer

Sony has finally revealed a trailer for the project director James Gunn has been working on with the studio as a producer, and it's a much darker take on Superman called Brightburn.

The trailer was supposed to be shown last July at Comic-Con International, but Sony delayed the reveal since it was the same day Gunn's old, offensive tweets resurfaced, which eventually got him fired from Marvel Studios. But at the 2018 Comic Con Experience in Brazil, the trailer dropped and it paints a horror-filled interpretation of the DC Comics icon.

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The style of the trailer, from the music to the credits to shots of a farm, appears to take inspiration from Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, depicting a mysterious town similar to Smallville where Elizabeth Banks and David Denman's Brexer family find a child that crash landed in a spaceship. After adopting the boy, things take a shocking turn as they try to inspire the young boy, played by Jackson A. Dunn. However, as he grows up, he ends up becoming a masked villain.

The trailer ends with a scene of Dunn haunting his school cafeteria and its attendant. He's wearing a red cape (similar to Superman) and displaying superpowers such as heat-vision, flight and super-speed, indicating this is how Clark Kent would be if he decided to turn evil as a kid.

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

Brightburn is produced by Gunn and written by his brother Brian and cousin Mark. David Yarovesky will direct. Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner. It premieres May 24, 2019.

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