Boy Wonder is one of those films that was nowhere near my radar until the trailer popped up online a few days ago. I love the concept, really, and it gets executed as well as the trailer makes it look, it could be a pretty great, dark vigilante film. The premise is… well, it’s Batman. A boy’s family is slain in front of him, he grows up and trains himself and begins taking revenge on the criminals of his city.
The catch with Boy Wonder is that he’s not a billionaire, he has no fancy gadgetry, no costume… and he kills people without hesitation or remorse. It’s less about a quest for justice and more about a path born of bloodthirsty vengeance. In fact, the better comparison is probably The Punisher. The idea itself isn’t new, but this iteration of it looks like it could be a dark, gritty, intense experience. It’s the first film from writer/director Michael Morris, and the first starring role for Caleb Steinmeyer, who plays the young man in question. In fact, most of the actors are unknowns — the only name I recognized was James Russo, who I best remember as Axel Foley’s buddy who gets killed in Beverly Hills Cop. Anyway, I’m interested.
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