James Gunn, the former Troma Films writer who hit pay dirt with the script for the 2004 Zack Snyder-directed remake of Dawn of the Dead and made his directorial debut in 2006 with the sci-fi horror comedy Slither, has uncovered something very interesting which he linked to his Twitter feed just recently.
Animation company Toonsmyth Productions has put together a 90-second video trailer for a mock cartoon based on Gunn’s most recent film, the subversive superhero comedy Super that starred Rainn Wilson as a lonely and disturbed man who becomes a costumed crimefighter named the Crimson Bolt, in the hope that some network might pick it up for a series, possibly the Cartoon Network for their Adult Swim line-up. You can watch the video here below.
The animation is very crude, but it’s just a test run. Personally I think a Super cartoon series, while conceptually awesome, would contradict the events of the movie. Seeing the further adventures of the Crimson Bolt and his even more fucked-up sidekick Boltie (played in the film by Ellen Page) done up as a goofy late-night cartoon would break my heart. Super was one of my favorite films so far released this year. It’s complete and perfect. It doesn’t need to live on as a cartoon. Gunn’s movie was about more than that.
In any case here’s the trailer. Watch and judge for yourself.