It's hard to blame anyone for being a bit weary of the whole everyday-superhero thing, what with all the attention lavished on 'Kick-Ass,' plus the likes of Woody Harrelson's 'Defendor,' Michael Rapaport's 'Special,' etc. But there's still something undeniably intriguing about James Gunn's 'Super,' which takes the same concept -- regular guy decides to don a costume and fight evil -- and, by all accounts, takes it to some seriously offbeat and funny extremes.

You can see this pretty well in a terrific, R-rated, slightly disturbing trailer for the film -- more of a clip, really -- after the jump or over at Spike TV. In it, Rainn Wilson, waiting to buy tickets to something, puts on his Crimson Bolt costume and dispatches a jackass line-cutter (as well as the line-cutter's female enabler) with a wrench to the forehead.

Even if one is sick of the concept, this little bit is brilliantly rendered, from the detail that the prototypically obnoxious line-cutter attempts to ply his target with an offer of a sailor's hat, to the wonderfully righteous and outraged way Wilson proclaims "No butts!" It's also interesting in another, more disquieting way, namely that the punishment Wilson metes out here seems so grossly disproportionate to the transgression.
These movies are often wish fulfillment fantasies -- wouldn't it be great to put on a costume and be able to avenge all the different ways you're wronged on a daily basis? And it's probably not uncommon for people to fantasize about doing something drastic like this to line-cutters, movie theater cell phone talkers, etc. But to actually see it done like this is jarring. (When the woman got hit merely for her complicity, I recoiled.) Maybe 'Super' is less about wish-fulfillment than about calling our bluff. Which might be kind of fun.

Scott Weinberg's positive review from Toronto addresses some of these issues. 'Super' is due from IFC Films later this year. Are you psyched to see it?

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