DC Comics has many upcoming movies for 2019, but one of them leaves people sort of confused. The trailer for Brightburn was released in early December, and people have been questioning it since. The film is directed by James Gunn, who directed both Guardians of the Galaxy movies and was recently fired from Marvel.
The concept of the movie is: What if a being like Superman came to Earth, but isn’t a hero, rather is something sinister? While the film makes it clear that the boy, the main protagonist of the film, isn’t Clark Kent, it does, however, show that he possess abilities similar to Superman’s. This leads us to believe that he is from a planet similar to Krypton. We know that he isn’t Clark Kent because of small hints throughout the trailer, such as the family’s mailbox that says Breyer, and people calling him Brandon. The film is just simply playing with the idea that Bruce Wayne/Batman had in the earlier DCEU movie, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is that aliens aren’t to be thought of as saviors. Long story short, the movie is based on a Kryptonian becoming a villain, instead of a hero.
I’m not sure if I will be a fan of this movie, given that it wasn’t a comic book series and is a new concept. I see this as a trend for newer superhero movies. For example, Marvel’s upcoming film, The New Mutants, is supposed to leave an unsettling feeling in the viewer, along with the DCEU’s The Trench. All three are similarly labeled as part of the horror genre.