Despite the fact that one of our favorite readers is actually working behind the scenes of the film, we haven’t mentioned James Gunn’s Super on the site yet. It’s a superhero comedy, scripted by Gunn, about an everyday guy who transforms himself into Crimson Bolt — a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills — after his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer. Add to that premise the fact that Rainn Wilson will be playing the metal-pipe wielding Crimson Bolt, and I’m already sold.
But wait! There’s more. In addition to Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler (as the girlfriend) and Ellen Page (as the sociopath sidekick), a new member has just been added to the cast: Kevin Bacon, who will be playing the villainous drug dealer.
You know who is great in villain roles? Kevin Bacon.
I’m not really sure what’s happened to Bacon over the last several years — he’s not lacking for roles, but save for Death Sentence he hasn’t had a significant one in years, and not a particularly memorable one since The Woodsman. However, by getting into the new everyday-guy-as-a-superhero trend (see also Kick-Ass), Bacon might be able to get some late career mojo, and even line himself up nicely for future villain roles — he’s certainly got the voice for it, and in recent years, his increasingly gaunt face has only added to his sinister looks.
James Gunn is a great director to hitch your wagon to, as well. In addition to the popular PG-Porn shorts, Gunn also directed Slither, which would probably make both my top 20 guilty pleasures and horror movies of the aughts. And despite a relatively sparse filmography, he’s already developed quite a bit of fanboy cred — I expect that Super may finally put him over the top.