'Super' Proves That James Gunn Is Perfect for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

July 29, 2014 5:17 PM

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'Super' Proves That James Gunn Is Perfect for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

"Shut up crime!” It's the comic battle cry of the Crimson Bolt, a crimefighter garbed in a red patchwork costume and doling out steel-lugged justice to line butters and other scum of his city. Before being snatched up to helm Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn wrote and directed 2010's Super, a darkly comic deconstruction of the superhero genre, nestled right in the middle of the genre's hostile takeover of American cinema. The film follows Frank Darbo (Rainn Wilson, in one of the best performances of his career), a nebbish fry cook with only two good memories in a life filled with pain: 1) marrying the love of his life, and 2) helping a police officer subdue a criminal. When his wife (Liv Tyler), a recovering drug addict, slips back into addiction thanks to a local high level dealer named Jacques (Kevin Bacon), it is only a matter of time before Darbo snaps. And snapping for this man, who can only see the world in black in white, is to don a homemade superhero costume and beat ne'er-do-wells with a monkey wrench.

Super is an examination of what it would mean to be a superhero in the real world. It asks the question: What if someone lifted the techniques, methods, and moralities from a comic book, and applied them to real life? And the result is something far less fun than the Avengers, or even the similar-in...

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