8 May – The name James Gunn may ring a bell for fans of the superhero genre especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That's right, he is the man behind the first two blockbusters and the upcoming instalment of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" (GOTG) franchise. But before making it big in the superhero world, he made his directorial debut in 2006 with the cult horror film "Slither".
Now, Gunn has combined two of his specialties as well as box office's favorite genres, superheroes and horror, in his latest work "Brightburn".
Co-developed and produced by Gunn himself, the film is written by Gunn's brothers Brian and Mark and directed by David Yarovesky ("The Hive" (2014)).
"Brightburn" puts a dark twist on the iconic Superman story when an other-worldly child (Jackson A. Dunn) crash-lands on Earth and is found by a small-town married couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman). However, the child soon turns out to be a menacing threat to humanity with the misuse of his superhuman abilities.
This trend in combining the superhero and horror genre seems to have picked up in recent years.
It can be seen in a number of releases such as "Venom" (2018), "Glass" (2019), "Hellboy" (2019), as well as the upcoming DC's "Dark Phoenix" which is set to hit the cinema in June.
Previously, "Brightburn" was slated for a November 2018 release. However, after Gunn was fired by Disney from the GOTG's franchise (though he has since been reinstated), the release date was pushed back to May 2019 instead.