Defendor Is Your Worst Nightmare. I Guess.
Here’s the final trailer for Defendor, another one of those creative takes on the superhero genre that seems to be dominating the marketplace in 2010. At some point, it seemed, Defendor was actually competing with Kick-Ass for this year’s original superhero flick. Apparently, it lost — Kick-Ass is opening the SXSW film festival, and will later open wide on April 16th, while Defendor will open with a very limited run at the end of this month before immediately going to DVD.
That’s as it should be, I suppose: From the looks of the trailer, this one doesn’t have nearly the energy of Kick-Ass. It’s about a delusional man played by Woody Harrelson who thinks he’s a superhero; his best friend, a teenager (Kat Dennings); and his shrink (Sandra Oh). Elias Koteas plays the “villain.” Defendor was written and directed by Peter Stebbings, who amazingly has 45 credits and only about 10 I’ve ever heard of. Seriously — it’s bizarre.