James Gunn’s Superhero Horror Movie Brightburn Gets Scary New Trailer


Although he's best known for directing–and getting fired from–the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, James Gunn's roots lie in horror. Gunn started as a writer for low budget genre specialists Troma and in 2006 directed the cult horror comedy Slither. Gunn returns to the genre this year with Brightburn, a scary take on the superhero movie that he has written and produced. A new trailer has been released.

The film has essentially the same set-up as the classic Superman story–a couple in a rural town find an alien baby who has crashed to earth and raise him as their own son. But while Clark Kent used his amazing powers for good, this kid sets about causing all sorts of murder and mayhem. It looks weird, scary, and utterly unmissable. Check the trailer out above.

Brightburn stars Elizabeth Banks, who also appeared in Slither, plus David Denman (Outcast, Power Rangers) and Matt Jones (Adventure Time). It's directed by David Yarovesky, and the script was written by Gunn with his brother Sean. It releases on May 24.

Gunn's next project will be a reboot of Suicide Squad for DC. The movie is titled The Suicide Squad and it's set to be released in August 2021. Although Gunn has only been confirmed as the writer to date, it has been reported that he is also in negotiations to direct the film. In addition, Idris Elba has reportedly joined the cast as Deadshot, replacing Will Smith, who left due to scheduling issues.

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