New ‘Brightburn’ Trailer Turns Superman’s Origin into a Horror Show

     March 6, 2019


Sony Pictures has released a new Brightburn trailer. Produced by James Gunn and written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn, director David Yarovesky steps in to helm what the studio is calling “a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre.” Elizabeth Banks stars as a mother who discovers an extraterrestrial child (Jackson A. Dunn) who has crash-landed on Earth, much like DC’s resident Kryptonian.

I’m torn on what I’ve seen of Brightburn thus far. On the one hand, using the superhero genre for horror is an interesting mashup. It’s one of the reasons I’m interested to see what happens with The New Mutants, and I think twisting Superman’s origin story into a horror film is a clever twist on a well-worn mythos. On the other hand, it’s yet another evil child and that’s one subgenre of horror that I find incredibly tedious. While I do think there’s something interesting about Brightburn and this year’s other superpowered evil child movie, The Prodigy in what they say about how the older generation fears the younger generation (especially one with a serious axe to grind given how we’ve wrecked the planet), it still comes back to the tired storytelling of “This child is supposed to be innocent, but instead they’re evil!” It’s not surprising that they’re selling this movie as “Superman but evil” instead of “The Bad Seed with superpowers.”

Check out the trailer below. Brightburn opens May 24th and also stars David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee.

Here’s the official synopsis for Brightburn:

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.

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