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Updated!! See JUNO Vets Ellen Page And Rainn Wilson Battle Evil In This SUPER Clip!!

I am – Hercules!! James Gunn, who wrote the 2000 superhero comedy “The Specials” before he went on to bigger projects like the excellent “Dawn of the Dead” remake, “Slither” and the terrible “Scooby-Doo” movies, has written and directed a new superhero comedy titled “Super.” Rainn Wilson, who had a supporting role in the superhero comedy “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” in "Super" embodies The Crimson Bolt, who doesn’t have superpowers but does punish evildoers with a giant wrench. (The Crimson Bolt may remind some of “Mystery Men’s” William H. Macy character The Shoveler, who punished evildoers with his own enormous tool.) Joining Wilson in the cast is his “Juno” co-star Ellen Page (who played the third big-screen Kitty Pryde in the third X-Men movie), Kevin Bacon (who plays Sebastian Shaw in the next X-Men movie), Sean Gunn (who played Alien Orphan in "The Specials") Nathan Fillion (who played Captain Hammer in "Dr. Horrible"), William Katt (who played the title role in "Greatest American Hero") and Liv Tyler (who played Betty Ross in “Incredible Hulk”). Those in "Super" with less superhero experience include Linda Cardellini ("Freaks and Geeks," "Scooby-Doo"), Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights"), Andre Royo ("The Wire"), Gregg Henry ("Hung"), and Michael Rooker ("Jumper," "The Walking Dead"). "The Freeman," who just saw it in Toronto, tells AICN:
... pure movie magic, it has everything, gore, comedy, violence, hot ladies, hell of a lot of heart, story and it's got something to say ...
"Supergirl," who also just saw it in Toronto, tells AICN:
... awesome ... the balls on this thing, the sheer exploitationist zeal, is infectious ....
HitFix says:
... I may not love every moment of "Super," but I think it's an embarrassment of riches, and a great personal way into the superhero genre.
SlashFilm says:
... There are moments of brilliance, surrounds by moments of bad sketch comedy. The highlight of the film for me is Ellen Page, who is just hilarious as the psychotic sidekick who is just looking to fight crime (even where/when it might not exist). Super also has some good character-based emotional moments which I’d better expect in a Jason Reitman film, but feel a bit out of place and unearned in this movie. ...
CinemaBlend says:
... Even with limited CGI and not particularly strong action directing skills, Gunn keeps Super at a brisk and entertaining pace, and deftly balances the extreme violence with the feeling that Frank, on some level, speaks for us all. But at the same time a lot of things don't pay off, from the costumed Christian TV superhero (Nathan Fillion) who inspires Frank to Liv Tyler's utterly valueless wife character to the fact that the city eventually accepts Crimson Bolt and Boltie as heroes, even though their violence is always disproportionate to the actual crimes. ... the movie worked for me overall, though others I saw it with were generally appalled-- but it's a tough sell outside the bloodthirsty midnight movie crowd.
The Los Angeles Times says:
... will of course be compared to "Kick-Ass," Matthew Vaughn's film from earlier his year that also featured a regular person deciding to take up the life of a superhero. Yet where "Kick-Ass" could never stop reminding a viewer that it was a movie and that things shouldn't be taken too seriously, "Super" has an honesty and genuineness in its compassion ...
Variety says:
... The cast does what little it can with the disturbingly formulaic material. Playing the bloodthirsty, comicbook-loving Libby, the highly animated Page comes across best, even summarizing the viewer's mood while scratching her itchy trigger-finger in costume as Boltie: "Oh, this is so boring!"
UPDATE: IFC late Sunday acquired distribution rights to "Super." Press release:
IFC FILMS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO JAMES GUNN’S SUPER FIRST BIG SALE DURING TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL Star-studded cast includes Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon New York, NY (September 12, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights to James Gunn’s shockingly hilarious SUPER after an all-night auction that concluded this morning. IFC Films will release SUPER under its new IFC Midnight banner. SUPER was also written by Gunn, and was produced by Miranda Bailey via her LA-based production company, Ambush Entertainment and Ted Hope, via his Gotham-based production company This is that. Ambush’s financing arm, Cold Iron Pictures, financed the film which was executive-produced by Matthew Leutwyler of Ambush Entertainment and Rainn Wilson. The film which stars Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, premiered Friday night at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival to tremendous audience response. Hanway Films is handling international sales and has already sold the film in over 15 foreign territories including: Italy (M2 Pictures), Australia (Village Roadshow), and Scandanavia (Svensk). In Super, Frank’s (Rainn Wilson) wife leaves him for a seductive, psychopathic drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), Frank is transformed and the Crimson Bolt is born. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife (Liv Tyler). The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt! Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said, “James Gunn has made one of the most creative and subversive films of the year with an outstanding cast including Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. This is exactly the kind of film we want the IFC Midnight brand to be associated with.” “I never had to compromise in the making of this movie and I couldn't be more excited to have found a distribution partner wanting to embrace the extremities and balls-to-the-walls qualities of SUPER” said James Gunn. “SUPER is special because it has lots of unique qualities that make it an indie film and we are thrilled IFC Films is releasing it because they are independent cinema and totally get the spirit of the film and what it’s about” said producers Miranda Bailey and Ted Hope. The deal for Super was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers at IFC Films and by Graham Taylor at WME Global and Rich Klubeck at UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.
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  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    well, plenty of F bombs...

    by rainbowtrout1265

    was that clip supposed to make you want to see the movie?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST


    by paviod

    nuff said

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    They both look 'okay-ish' I suppose...

    by LordPorkington

    But I doubt I'll rush out to see either movie. And that's how I feel about 99% of movies these days, which is quite sad. Luckily 'Timecrimes' made me happy the other day thanks to Netflix.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    love the performers BUT

    by SubspaceSuperNinja

    seriously...I love the people who are going to be in this movie. the subject matter, though, seems too familiar. I think it was gonna be fresh, but just came a LITTLE too late.Both "Defendor" and "Special" pulled this low-budget thing with the same idea, but "Kick-Ass" gave us a stylish, big budget version. I really wish well for the people in this, I just don't see this movie happening to rock our worlds.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    fans got their awesome from scott pilgrim already

    by DioxholsterReturns

    this came late indeedy

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    That clip was potentially...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ....the same thing as hearing a punchline without the set-up. Without context it is just annoying.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Sure, I'll see it.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Wow. AICN is overhyping this to death

    by OutsideChance

    That worked so well for Kick Ass and Scott Pilgrim.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    THAT'S meant to make us want to see it?

    by irishraidersfan

    I'm not even vaguely intruiged.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Is Rainn Wilson assistant superhero...

    by F-18

    or assistant TO THE superhero?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Cardellini & Page in the same flick?

    by TheSeeker7

    Geek-crush overload. Though that clip looked pretty awful.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    SUPER is AICN's new hype project huh?

    by D.Vader

    This has gotten more press on AiCN this week than... Ever, more than any other movie in a month it seems.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by drakvlad

    That is so different and original. I've never seen anything like that before. Can someone please make four or five more movies like this? You could call the next one NEAT-O. About a guy who decides he wants to fight crime after his pet poodle is raped and killed by a bike messenger. Wow! Wow! Wow!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Thoroughly underwhelming

    by C A Iversen

    Sure that's no trailer, but that did nothing for me wanting to see it. Okay, it's (supposedly) played for laughs, but whats so funny about the guy laying on the floor bleeding after having taken a beating for something he quite possibly never did? On it's own that clip is less about superheros and more a sick indictment on increasing violence coming through in new and ever more normalising ways. As far as just straight fun, action, comedy or drama? That clip had nothing.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Page in a super hero outfit...


    and mask.....okay my sunday has officially peaked.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Okay, enough with the "real" superhero spoof thing.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    "Kick Ass", "Defendor", "The Specials", "Mystery Men", "Super", etc. I loved "Kick Ass", but even I have my limits of interest on this subject. This general idea is being done to death for some reason (I suppose due to the overwhelming success of the superhero movie over the last ten years). Are all of these films really turning a profit? Enough already. At least that's how I feel.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    don't see the big deal...

    by awardgiver

    with Page: looks like a 12 year old with a bland personality. Kick Ass was so over rated, and these comic book movies are wearing themselves out. The backlash has already begun with Scott Pilgrim being a flop.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    From the guy who brought you Scooby Doo and The Specials....

    by Jehovahs_Witness


  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    They need to show the good clips.

    by Dogwitch

    I have no doubt that the reviews are correct, and this sounds like a good movie (Gunn's Slither was fantastic), but if they're going to get people to see it, they need to show the better ones. Wilson and Page look good in the scenes, but it's time to give up more attractive clips.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    I hope she has some form of cancer

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    That was a shitty clip. No interest in this.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Knock this shit out you fat fucking Ginger media whore! Quit promoting garbage like Scott Cera vs the World and this cat shit!!! Your site is dying!!!!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Pretty quick turnover on that Kick-Ass sequel!

    by BobWinters5

    Must have secretly filmed both movies at the same time.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    You fucks, who else is going to promote these films!

    by JarJar25

    Damn, these films are meant for you guys. Most people are not interested in these type of films, so these films need all the help they can get. What the fuck do you guys want? Do you want AICN to promote films like Transformers 2 or other big bugeted films that are going to do well, no matter what you say? The real is truth is that whether you like something or not, you fucks are not going to make or break a film. If you don't want to help small films, then get the fuck off this site!! Yes, they all won't be good, but nothing is perfect!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by newsuit

    I get your point, but that clip sucked. The film should die a quiet death.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    This "superhero" shit is so fucking old.

    by Ironhelix

    I would TOTALLY fuck Ellen Page though.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I Hate Ellen Page

    by UGG

    She seems to be held with high regard on here, sorry, but I hate her, and her whole acting like a fucking 45 year old sardonic housewife shit. <p> Also this looks fuckin shit, too much foul language.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I win!

    by Hercules

    I bet Harry there's NOTHING talkbackers won't complain about. <p> A new superhero comedy starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page and Linda Cardellini and Nathan Fillion? <p> PLEASE AICN, I BEG YOU TO DENY US INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROJECT!! IT COULD NEVER POSSIBLY INTEREST ANY OF US!!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    There you go, Herc....

    by Shakeshift

    Call them all OUT for the fat, lazy, bitter virgins they truly are! =)

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Sorry Herc

    by D.Vader

    It just doesn't sound very original at all. <p>"I bet Harry there's NOTHING talkbackers won't complain about."<p> Of course not, Herc. We're all different people with different interests. We're not going to love and hate the same things just bc we're movie geeks.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    "I win"

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    "I told Harry we can post anything on this site, and the loyal readers will post numerous comments and give this site the traffic needed to pay our bills and put food on our tables." - Herc

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    That Clip makes me say "No!"

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    But Everything Else Makes me say "Yes!"

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Linda Cardellini?

    by Bouncy X

    please tell me she's their version of Catwoman, complete with a tight skin hugging latex costume.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by UGG

    you do realise there are people who visit this site that don't like superhero/comic book movies?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    I wonder where they will screen this

    by kungfuhustler84

    Is it an arthouse type movie or is it one for the big cineplexes? I am definitely gonna check it out though. It's what Kick Ass the movie could have been if they actually stuck with the premise at its core: average people seek to dole out vigilante justice.<p> Fingers crossed there aren't any jet packs in this one.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    I think there are probably better "Super" clips than the one presented above, so I'll likely go see this. Gunn got my attention with "Slither" and I hope he continues that directorial funkiness with this film.<p> Plus: Nathan Filion and Ellen Page (yum) in the same film?<p> Could be pretty cool.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    "A new superhero comedy" and the talkbackers complain?!?

    by D.Vader

    Are you really going to pretend that The Specials, Mystery Men, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Catwoman, and to an extent, Kick-Ass (which is not beloved by the majority here, I don't think) didn't really happen Herc? Come on buddy...

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    All I wanna know is...

    by onezeroone

    how this one stacks up against Kick Ass? Got a feeling this might do better business than KickAss.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Wow a movie with a hot chick I like.. in leather!

    by UGG

    o wait I'm on the internet and there's petabytes of filth at my fingertips

  • Sept. 12, 2010, noon CST

    Herc Wins but we lose

    by m_prevette

    The clip is awful. If you thought things could not get worse after the deplorable Kick Ass, you may be wrong. And that Rainn Wilson not a comedy actor. He's about at Carrell or Ferrel level of annoying and not funny. SO, in the end...we complain if we see what does indeed look to be garbage.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Yeah, congratulations Herc...

    by HansBubi

    We're letdown by a clip that really has no substance to it. It seems like it's suppose to be funny, but it's not funny. There may be some much needed context missing, yet this is what AICN gave us. If it's suppose to be dramatic, amusing, etc....well, it's not. I bet all of us want to be surprised by the quality of this movie because we've already had so many movies like it in the past couple years (based on the information about it we've received thus far). So, go ahead and feel like your generalization has been confirmed by us feeling letdown by a brief clip. We want to get excited about geek projects, yet you won't see us excited about said geek project until we have something to praise. A list of geek-friendly names will get us to check out the clip, yet the clip needs to do the rest.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    this looks worse than Kick Ass

    by SirBiatchReturns

    and that was shite on a stick

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I know it's starting to wear out

    by Mockingbuddha

    for some, but I read super-hero comics, and if I was going to get sick of super heroes, it would have happened 20 years ago, so bring all of these super hero projects on as far as I'm concerned. I'll ride the wave as long as it lasts. In five years it'll probably be all about sports movies or something. Meanwhile, check out my video. It has hot girls sword fighting and eating popsicles. take out the spaces.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    D.Vader sorry dude but Kick Ass is beloved by the majority

    by cgih8r

    sadly its only you and a couple other emos on this site that claim to not like it. It's pretty funny watching you try to include it on the same list as My Super Ex Girl Friend, Catwoman and the Specials. Funny yet very very sad indeed. Nice try.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Also, Herc...

    by HansBubi

    ...on a related note, I had read Scott Pilgrim and was excited to see the movie for months and months. I saw the movie, and I really liked it. However, at no point before or after the film's release did I assume that every talkbacker should be excited about Scott Pilgrim simply because it's a geek-friendly movie. The same thing applies to this Super movie. I'm sure it will be great to some of the talkbackers here, and it will take a higher quality clip/trailer to get them on board, but for now it looks like the latest well-cast, overly familiar project.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    "I win!"

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    <p>"I bet Harry there's NOTHING talkbackers won't complain about."<p>"Now I can get a bent!"<p>Nice to hear you taking one for the team, Herc!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    James Gunn Rocks!

    by Roketopunch

    I love Slither, Tromeo & Juliet, & The Dawn of the Dead remake! I don't care to see Scooby Doo, but this Super film looks like it could be fun. Even if Ellen Page is in it. She's is nothing beyond mediocre to just shitty.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I want Ellen Page on my team. --OOOOOh, yeah.

    by JDanielP

    She's so darn cute. :-)

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    CHGIH8tr, are you stupid or something?

    by D.Vader

    Sadly, I never said I disliked Kick Ass (way to jump to conclusions). I implied- I didn't state as fact (hence the "I think" phrase)- that it seems like it is not beloved by the majority here. And read the talkbacks, I'd say its pretty split down the middle, but both you and I have NO proof to back it up. <p>Its pretty funny watching you jump to conclusions though, and even add in the very poor assumption that one has to be "emo" to dislike a movie (as if the bad qualities of the film don't matter). Do you even know what "emo" means?<p> Funny, yet very sad indeed. Nice try.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    what the hell are they thinking?

    by SmokingRobot

    Jesus, these will bomb harder than a Michael Cera movie. Just wait.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Is this a made-for-TV movie?

    by redkamel

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Why am I supposed to love Ellen Page again......

    by slugracer

    Two questions here... Why am I supposed to love a new mini Drew Berrymore. I can't stand the regular Drew Berrymore. I know Ellen fits the "hipster" mold of up-and-comers because she supports all the right social causes and stars in independent films but someone like Bruce Campbell deserves far more attention. To me, she'll always be another Drew Berrymore - 40% looks, 50% ego, and 10% acting ability. Secondly, why is it that when anyone makes a movie with anti-Christian themes that stars one of the these "they're so cool because they'll do independent fims" actors its all raves - no matter the actual quality of the film. It'll get all go's simply for being "brave" - like as if its brave to attack Christians - even fundies. Its weak and tired and I'm sick of it. Tired old themes, same old enemies, same rah rah's from the same critics that crave more of the same. You tell me who is making it and the genre its in and I'll tell you where its going....

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I win!

    by CCon99

    I bet talk backers Herc would somehow troll the TB's like he always does when someone doesn't have the same opinion as he.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Sorry Herc

    by lock67ca

    But anyone who falls asleep during one of the best films of the year, then writes a half-assed non-review weeks later as little more than an afterthought, while praising shit that isn't anywhere near as good as the film he fell asleep watching, deserves all the bad criticism he gets. And so does anyone who continues to defend him.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by cgih8r

    Let's see here. Rotten Tomatoes T-Meter ratings: Kick Ass= 75% The Specials= 47% My Super Ex Girl Friend= 40% Catwoman= 10% “debuting in the top spot on the DVD sales, rentals and Blu-ray sales charts…with a win on the Blu-ray sales charts, with a record-tying 49% of units sold in the BD format, matching Avatar's first-week ratio.” – “The term "Emo" is used as counterculture; it is an abbreviation of the word "emotional". Emo it's defining not only an attitude, but also a fashion that are coming from emocore (emo music).” Sorry for believing you didn't like Kick Ass but it wasn't entirely a foregone conclusion considering the movie list you included it on. Nothing to get "emo-tional" about.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    who punished evildoers with his own enormous tool.)

    by Sailor Rip


  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    McGooCain...could you send me those state please

    by cgih8r

    :) love you too

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Hey AICN likes something so we must hate it.

    by Lovecraftfan

    Lets just be honest here all of you hate films or at the very least hate sites that do something horrible like promote films they like. You do realize that has always been the point of these sites.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I think you are supposed to like Ellen Page because she's a damn good actress, and she's pretty cute too.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    emo is the new gay

    by Bass Ackwards

    Its meaning is entirely irrelevant, its just the new word 13 year olds throw around when they don't like something/someone.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    "I bet Harry there's NOTHING talkbackers won't complain about."

    by BadMrWonka

    who the hell would take that bet?! have you seen the bog of eternal stench that the talkbacks have becomes in the last few years? they could release a movie that literally provided every male viewer with a blowjob during intermission, and whiners on here would still be bitching that the film was too long.<p>I mean, Herc, there's a guy up there who doesn't think Steve Carrell is funny. and he's BEING SERIOUS.<p> the only talkbacker proof talkback will be if they ever get Ender's Game going, and it's Fincher or Soderbergh doing it. fuck, even then, someone will probably whine. but then they should be banned immediately.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I liked Ellen Page in Inception

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I haven't seen her in anything else, but she was hugely irritating in that clip. Is she that irritating in Juno?

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Even if the rest of the movie is AWESOME.

    by I Hope You Die

    By having that one scene in it, it would suck.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Sounds terrible

    by FlandersBum

    Nothing I've heard about this movie so far makes me want to see it. At all.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Looks Silly As Hell ...

    by thegrayghost

    but Super looks like it could be fun and Ellen Page is hot!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    When will audiences get sick of superheroes?

    by Mr Gorilla

    Seriously, folks, will it EVER happen? When films as shoddy as IRON MAN 2 and WOLVERINE make their money back (and more), Hollywood is going to continue to make superhero movies - what's more they now realise that they don't even have to make them any good.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Those films both look & sound horrible.

    by kevred

    "Hey, it's a pixie-ish girl acting psychotic!"<p>Geek film appreciation seems to have stalled out at this point and can't move past it.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I win!

    by BobWinters5

    I bet Harry that our readers are all individuals with different tastes who will never all universally like one thing, so several individuals will voice their displeasure with pretty much any film. Is Harry still taking bets? I'm going to toss in one that dogs are going to bark and rain is going to make the ground wet.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    me and Harry made a bet...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    on whether or not if people like Herc... we both betted nope

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    To be fair this does look pretty dire

    by Disco_sucks

    And I like Ellen Page but her strengths don't and never will lie in comedy. She doesn't have the chops for it, plain and simple. This just came across like a bad SNL sketch, with nothing remotely original or interesting about it.<p>And Herc, I know you think you've got a low opinion about talkbackers because they complain about everything but in actuality it's the other way round. Your low opinion's based around the notion that 'geeks' will reflexively cream themselves every time there's a sniff of a superhero film or Nathan Fillion or a hot girl dressed in leather. Give me something good and those are bonuses (not Fillion though, could never see the fuss) but they're not enough to give a shit about by themselves.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    They should have called this Try-Hard

    by StarryNight

    Because an unfunny but appropriate pun would set what seems to be the tone of this one.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Lol, no wonder this site was down all day.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    I guess this is the end...

    by WeylandYutani

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I actually don't complain that much.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'm generally pretty postive, and I understand that there are only 13 stories, only different ways to tell them. I like getting on Talkback and saying enthusiastic things whenever possible. Maybe somebody can testify to this on my behalf. However, I think being honest is also important as well as being critical when the situation calls for it, and this calls for it. This film may be cleverly written and acted by an A-list cast, but this superhero/comicbook spoof idea where people that couldn't or shouldn't dress up as superheroes actually do to "hilarious and poignant results" has been done several times in just the last couple of years. Yeah, it's for us geeks. Yeah, we're the ones who should really "get it". I get it. I loved "Kick Ass". I don't need another, quirky "Kick Ass". I want somebody to show me something I haven't seen recently. I don't wet my pants laughing just because Rainn Wilson puts on super tights or get horny immediately because Ellen Page does the same. I'm not a Talkback zombie who comes here to bitch about everything and sling hate at the world. I love geek stuff. This just doesn't look interesting.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Uh elle Page...

    by nastee_flembot

    You bring out the stirrinngs in my loins...

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    This looks AWESOME!

    by NeverTalksBack

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    This looks AWFUL!

    by ATARI

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I think Superbad should have been the title for this

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    The Reluctant Austinite

    by HansBubi

    You wrote a very well-written post that I think sums up what many of us feel toward this movie, especially based on the description and clip provided by AICN. The only thing I've read about the movie on AICN in the past few days that has sparked my interest is that Ellen Page is supposedly really impressive in this movie, like it's a Hit Girl "can't take your eyes off her unusually effective performance." This is intriguing because Ellen Page is still mostly known for her performance in Juno. Juno was obviously very successful, but Ellen's role was the sort of role that can easy define and limit her career. I thought she was fine in Inception, yet it wasn't anything truly special. So, to get back on topic, the one reason I might be interested in seeing this movie Super actually doesn't have anything to do with its geek factor; I'm simply curious to see Ellen Page give a different kind of performance. Everything that Harry and Herc must think are the reasons we should be interested are actually hurting our interest in it because it's all too familiar at this point in time. We've had similar films in the past couple years, and we simply want something fresh to our minds. I hope Harry and Herc respect our varied tastes, even within the geek spectrum. I hope this movie turns out to be great, yet please don't judge us based on our reactions to an overly familiar premise and clip.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    To be fair...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ....most of us are complaining about the clip itself, not the movie (which none of us have seen).

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    You LOSE Herc!

    by THAT__SAID

    As the recent Back to the Future Talkback Illustrates there is one movie that EVERYONE loves! <p> <p> <p> <p> <p> <p> <p> BIO-DOME!!! <P> YOU LOSE! GOOD DAY SIR!

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    CGIh8r, you twit

    by D.Vader

    Can you read fully or do you have a habit of only skimming through others' posts and making assumptions based on what you read in a half-assed fashion? <p> I said I don't think it's widely received around HERE. So parading around stats from Rotten Tomatoes (which does not speak for AICN talkbackers) means absolutely NOTHING. Why not mention its box office grosses too while you're at it- oh wait, it bombed didn't it? Stick to the topic at hand.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Judge Dredds, yes, she's irritating in JUNO

    by CountryBoy

    But many things in that movie are irritating. It's not all her fault.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I think there's a secret contest going on...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ...amongst a handful of talkbackers to see who can shit on the consensus of opinion with the least amount of supporting evidence. For instance, the guy who dismissed Rainn Wilson, Steve Carrell, and Will Ferrel's capacity to be funny. There's a mountain of evidence out there that all three are funny. While a majority believing something doesn't make it true, maybe backing your opinion up with some kind of evidence or supporting argument might cause people to take your opinion more seriously. Unless, that is, you are part of the contest I previously referenced.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    geek love has a short shelf life

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    page was cute as hell in x3 - she actually had a body in that one and filled out the uni very nicely - she looked like an anorexic ten year old boy in inception hopefully she ate some burgers for this role, dont get any geek love for wilson, just because he looks weird aint reason for geek cred, and like the austinite said above this genre has been done, defendor did it just last year

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Wasn't she about 13 in X3?

    by THAT__SAID

    Uh oh...

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I can't understand why "Specials II" never came out... (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    she was 19 when x3 was made

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    now she looks like she is a ten yr old boy - uh-oh

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Reluctant Austinite wins the talkback

    by D.Vader

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Enough with the superhero movies already...

    by Obnoxious_Username

    There are no longer funny, clever or cool. How many times are we going to have to sit through the same shit? That clip was awful and looked like something a high school student would make.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Maybe she has that disease

    by THAT__SAID

    You know, like in that movie with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett? I think it was called Babel.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Spelling fail. :(

    by Obnoxious_Username


  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    saw ad for sarah j parkers new movie about Secretariat

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    talented actress can even play a male horse

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    that said - pitt was a vampire with girl who could not age

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    that would be snaggle tooth, blanchett played an elf who couldnt age, page ages in reverse and changes gender -i have no idea what it means

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    So that clip was supposed to be funny?

    by Snappy Cumback

    It wasn't.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    "Steve Carell and Will Ferrel aren't funny"

    by redkamel

    but see, they aren't anymore. I am serious. They used to be. Ferrell on SNL was killer. But in his last few movies he just plays the serious sounding immature man bit over and over. He never does the things where he fully commits to some weird character anymore. The lines from his movies are almost interchangeable.<p>And Carell, I never though he was that funny in the first place.<p>Again, this is my POV. I like comedy thats a little more clever/witty. It also makes it easy to hate when I have to hear their lines endlessly repeated by frat boys.

  • Sept. 12, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I have to agree - the clip turned me off this film

    by daggor

    The Wilson/Page as superhero idea has merit, but the clip looks like it was handled by someone who has no idea how to direct a film. The Office has better timing/editing. There you go.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Ellen Page's dirty panties...

    by DickBallsworth

    ...smell like butterscotch and jasmine. True story.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by cgih8r

    you're still an emo

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Wow, this entire site is a ghost town

    by SithMenace

    I just saw a tumbleweed.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Ellen Page shall remain irrelevant until

    by Dennis_Moore

    "Ellen+Page" with safesearch set to "off" serves up the goods.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by chuck45

    Too much hate, guys. This actually looks pretty good and have good reviews. BTW Kick-Ass wasn't that good, i want REAL-LIFE superheroes, not 12-year-old super-girls and jet-packs. I'm looking forward to seeing this.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by MC-909

    You guys realize Page is a lesbian, right? I still think she's hot but I seriously doubt she'd be interested in any of your nerd dicks. Oh, and this clip sucked. Way too far behind the curve.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Kick Ass 2 Already?

    by LaserPants

    Didn't it just come out on dvd? Wow, that's quick!

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    I don't care if she's a lesbian

    by THAT__SAID

    As long as I can watch.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    Funny, yet very sad indeed. Nice try.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    ellen page...

    by oh_dae_su

    ..wiil be Harley Quinn not catwoman.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Back in middle school

    by SSquirrel

    "The Crimson Bolt may remind some of “Mystery Men’s” William H. Macy character The Shoveler, who punished evildoers with his own enormous tool." My mind was so completely in the gutter on this one.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Uh... Herc? Why was my last post deleted?

    by irishraidersfan

    I disagreed with you, so you deleted my post? <p> That not what talkbacks are for?!? Discussion? <p> Seriously, why?

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I definitely liked the clip

    by Tacom

    I might check it out.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Page would be great as Harley Quinn

    by unfunnydude

    Or as my lover.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Herc, about that bet.

    by unfunnydude

    Sure, we'll complain about everything. That's us, talkbackers. We're like that. You, you're supposed to be a reviewer. So shut the fuck up and review.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    "Wilson plays a losery Jesus freak named Frank"

    by Immortal_Fish

    Of course he does. What other kinda is there. How innovative. And brave. Yes, very brave.<P>It's not like we have enviro-whacko's holding television studios hostage or anti-capitalists flying planes into IRS buidlings these days or anything.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I did not say want. I said need.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    We will complain if something is awful

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    And boy, did that look awful.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Ellen Page can suck good i bet

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i think

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by cgih8r

    the bottom line is Kick Ass was liked by the majority of people, and that would include the people who visit this site. Not just the haters like you who have been doing most of the posting lately. You say my evidence doesn't apply here? Well then you don't understand statistics. And you haven't presented anything to support your weak ass argument. So yes, very sad indeed.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    *waves off CGIH8R*

    by D.Vader

    There's no evidence to support either conclusion, no evidence that says whether or not the majority of AICN talkbackers liked Kick Ass or not (hence my "I think" phrase, which must again be pointed out to you). To me, it seems pretty split down the middle here. Some loved it. Some hated it. No majority in what I've seen. <p> But, despite what you think, the majority of the rest of the world (or in this case, movie critics) does not compare to the film geek gathering that is AICN and its a bit foolhardy to assume Rotten Tomatoes can speak for everyone here (you'll find multitudes here that would disagree with you on that point I'm sure). I mean seriously, you think critics speak for us here? <p> And I'm not a hater, but congratulations again on making yourself look like a fool by jumping to conclusions. Conversation over. Nash out.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    That looks like a damn Troma film!

    by Snake Foreskin

    I can't stand where Hollywood is going with movies about Superheroes. Suckage!

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    D.Vader I'm impressed you admitted your error.

    by cgih8r

    The majority of us didn't dislike it. Apology accepted. Peace out

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Not dramatic enough? Add a few FUCKS to the dialogue.

    by Missing Dink

    Recent movies are suffering an overdose of profanity. "Fuck" is forced into the mouth of every actor whether it's fitting or not. It's totally unnatural. Scarface had a talent for it. Amateurs should steer clear of it.

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Let's just vote...

    by THAT__SAID

    Hands up if you liked Kick-Ass?

  • Sept. 13, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    CGIH8R = totally clueless

    by D.Vader

    I mean, seriously?

  • Sept. 14, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by chuck45

    Mark Millar wrote on his twitter: I love @james_gunn and can't wait for Super. He was writing this as I was writing Kick-Ass, both unaware of the other. This stuff happens. All who says it's a ripoff should shut the hell up!