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James Gunn’s Brightburn looks like Superman as a horror story

Strange visitor from another planet is here to terrify you

Sony didn’t drop the latest trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home like everyone expected today. But they did give us this, which looks like director James Gunn’s horror-movie take on the Superman origin story.

The premise of Brightburn seems pretty easy to grasp: what if the space baby Ma and Pa Kent rescued wasn’t dedicated to truth, justice and the American way, but darker and more malevolent applications of his strange powers — which in this trailer appear to include flight and heat vision as well.

Gunn was supposed to be at San Diego Comic-Con in July to discuss BrightBurn, which didn’t get a name until recently. But that’s around the time Disney canned Gunn (from Guardians of the Galaxy) after a conspiracy theorist exhumed several offensive tweets from his past. His Comic-Con appearance was also canceled in light of that controversy.

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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