And the next superhero is… Rainn Wilson? The funnyman from The Office has landed a role in an all star comedy called Super. Writer/director James Gunn, who also wrote Scooby-Doo and the Dawn of the Dead remake, has a different sort of take on superheroes.
“It’s a story of a man who wants to be something more than human,” Gunn said. “He attempts to do that with varying levels of success. It’s Rainn Wilson, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler and Ellen Page. Rainn loses his wife, Liv Tyler, to this drug dealer and he decides to become a super hero (The Crimson Bolt) to fight what he perceives as a supervillain and try to get his wife back. In a lot of ways, it’s sort of a love story. It’s about this guy who wants his wife back, but he also has certain mental peculiarities.”
The recent hit Kick-Ass dealt with a similar premise, only it was children trying to become superheroes. Gunn says there’s no competition.
“Our movie is what it is. I know [Kick-Ass author] Mark Millar and we’ve been e-mail friends for a while. I actually wrote the script before Mark ever wrote the comic book. So our movie is what it is but it’s very different from Kick-Ass because Kick-Ass is way more action movie. Ours is about human beings. It’s very natural.”
You’ll still get to see Rainn Wilson play action hero though. “Yeah, there’s a lot of action but our action is not superhuman. It’s very real. And we’re not dealing with teenagers.”
Super is out later this year.