What if a strange visitor from another planet landed on Earth as an infant, but was raised by people who didn’t quite understand that love and compassion are the most important part of us? You’d get a monster.
Brightburn from Screen Gems asks that question, and what we have seen as the beginning of a wonderful story of humble heroism is instead the story of a young man sent as an infant to a vulnerable world to soften it up prior to its eventual invasion.
Brightburn appears to have all the markings of a riff on Superman, with the overtones of the original stories of how Kalel of Krypton came to Earth, not as a strange visitor seeking to survive a catastrophe on his homeworld but as a conquerer.
The film even goes so far as to replicate the mom and pop story of the Kents (portrayed by Elizabeth Banks, Hunger Games) and David Denman (a long time television actor and recently seen in the movie 13 Hours (2016)) as they acquire their young child from the ruins of an alien spacecraft.
Brightburn is being produced by James Gunn (of Guardians of the Galaxy fame, directed by David Yarovesky, written by Brian and Mark Gunn, stars Elizabeth Banks, Meredith Hagner & David Denman, and is currently scheduled for release by Screen Gems on May 21, 2019.