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Brightburn Imagines Superman's Origin Story as a Terrifying Horror

Watch the first trailer for the James Gunn-produced film.

A strange alien child crash-lands on Earth on a lonely rural American couple's land. But, when the child starts exhibiting superhuman powers, everything starts to change.

Now, this scenario could go one of two ways. The child could use these powers for good—to learn how to control them and use them to save humans from evil. Or, the child could be frightened, scared, lonely, and use these powers for evil.

Brightburn, the new film from director David Yarovesky and producer James Gunn (his first project since the Guardians of the Galaxy controversy), imagines this second scenario.

The film follows a boy named Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn), who crash-lands on the land of a couple (played by Elizabeth Banks and David Denman). They raise the Brandon as their own, but in this genre mash-up, the boy begins to discover his powers and use them to terrorize the small town.

It sounds like the Superman America absolutely deserves these days. Brightburnarrives on Memorial Day 2019.

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