Excerpt: My other favorite film of 2011 is James Gunn’s little-known darkly-comic film Super , which while turning the superhero genre on its head, also manages to connect with a touching and funny tale about a loser who’s on the road to change and self-discovery.
Excerpt: Time out. Oh, we haven’t started yet. Um, okay. Well, this review needs to detour before we even get started, because Super is brazenly bizarre, possibly confused, hilarious, and a total downer.
Excerpt: Unless you’ve ignored the film industry for the last decade, you’ve noticed the world completely obsessed with superheroes. Next year alone will see the release of The Avengers , The Dark Knight Rises , The Amazing Spider-Man , Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance , and Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot.
Excerpt: At this point, the superhero genre has been so thoroughly worked over that the lesser lights of the DC and Marvel universes are getting their own nine-figure blockbusters and even meta-critiques have become a subgenre all their own.