Superman-Inspired Horror Movie 'Brightburn' Has Received An R-Rating

The dark Superman-inspired horror movie ‘Brightburn’ has received an R-rating for “horror violence/bloody images, and language.”  Though this is nothing new for a horror movie, it appears there was some curiosity as to whether this one would go that route considering that it is technically a “superhero movie.”  Would the studio or filmmakers water it down to draw a broader audience?  Nope.


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Even though this film is clearly inspired by Superman, it isn’t actually a Superman movie.  Furthermore, it is neither based on an existing comic book nor is it part of a superhero cinematic universe.  You may recall similar a situation a few years ago when parents were petitioning for 20th Century Fox to edit ‘Deadpool’ down to earn it a PG or PG-13 rating, to allow kids and teens to see it.  Fox did not cave to that pressure with the first movie but did release a toned-down cut of ‘Deadpool 2’, called ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’.

Perhaps the fact that James Gunn‘s name is attached to ‘Brightburn’ makes some wonder if younger fans of his ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies might be enticed to see his new horror flick.  But keep in mind, Gunn is only the producer.  David Yarovesky directed it, based on a script by James’ brother, Brian Gunn, and their cousin, Mark Gunn.  One look at the tense trailer indicates this is nothing like the fun romp Gunn delivered in the ‘Guardians’ movies, but because he is the biggest name associated with ‘Brightburn’, he is being touted in the ad campaign.

Jackson A. Dunn plays Brandon Breyer, a boy who was mysteriously rocketed to Earth and raised by a kind farm couple, played by Elizabeth Banks and David Denman.  But unlike Kal-El/Clark Kent, Brandon begins using his incredible powers to terrorize and murder others.

‘Brightburn’ will open in theaters on May 24, 2019.


Source: Screen Rant