I used to think there were two types of superheroes: those with superpowers (e.g., Superman, Spider-Man, The Flash) and the brave few without superpowers who rely on a strong moral character and superior training and equipment (e.g., Batman, Iron Man, Elektra). (A recent Discovery News video explains why people love both kinds of superheroes.)
However, it seems I was wrong: James Gunn's upcoming movie Super introduces a third type of superhero — one who has a really loose grip on reality. Based on the trailer for Super, here is my best guess as to how the story unfolds.
Super is the story of Frank, a dull man, leading a dull life whose wife leaves him for a local bad boy. When Frank is at his lowest, he believes that he is inspired by God to fight evil. After a research expedition to a local comic book shop, he is ready. With a costume and a pipe wench, he transforms into The Crimson Bolt, ready to fight crime in the most violent way possible. Can you say armed vigilante?
The Crimson Bolt gets a sidekick, Boltie, the young woman who helped him in the comic book shop. Important superhero safety tips: If you're going to fight crime in a semi-psychotic manner, don't attract attention to yourself. Also, make sure that your sidekick isn't a step or two beyond semi-psychotic. Nevertheless, The Crimson Bolt and Boltie must be doing something right, as the trailer progresses the violence seems to as well. Who doesn't like a good explosion in the name of good? Also, there's something appealing about a DIY superhero. All of these factors, plus the added bonus that this is a low-budget independent movie makes me a happy camper. My biggest fear is that the story might have been watered down in an effort to get a PG rating. My other major concern is that I won't be able to find a theater in my area showing Super. Sigh... I might have to wait for it come out on DVD.