Despite main character Brandon Breyer's similarities to DC Comics' Clark Kent/Superman, Brightburn producer James Gunn claims the film didn't receive any push back over the villain.
When asked by Cinepop if he was worried about complications with DC Comics, Gunn replied, "Well no, because there’s a lot of similar stories that have been told in comic books over the years, from all sorts of different comic book publishers." He went on to say the he has a "good relationship" with DC. Gunn is, of course, writing and directing The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.
Brandon definitely resembles the Man of Steel in a lot of ways. Both are aliens that crash landed on Earth as children. They share many of the same superpowers as well, including super strength, flight and heat vision. Where they differ is in how they use their powers. Instead of becoming a hero, Brandon becomes a villain.
Directed by David Yarovesky, Brightburn is produced by James Gunn and written by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn. The film stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, Steve Agee, Becky Wahlstrom and Stephen Blackehart.