vigilantes

Many of us have seen the movie and read the Kick-Ass comic book, and we’ve heard the stories about real DIY superheroes and vigilantism, particularly in the Pacific Northwest where Phoenix Jones has taken to the streets to fight crime with varying degrees of success and controversy. Some people rave and hold these masked men (and women) up as true heroes, while others, like Det. Mark Jamieson of the Seattle PD, just want them to stop before someone gets hurt, telling ABC News: “They don’t have the training. They don’t have the authority.”

Suddenly though, and by way of the internet, we have learned of a new player in this battle for the Emerald City. Rex Velvet, a monocle wearing, mustachioed mad man with a bowler hat, a sword cane, a Space Needle dagger, and a propensity for grandiose statements and red cocktails, has made himself and his intentions known. The Emerald City has a genuine super villain too, and while he seems like he was pulled strait out of a comic book to stand against Phoenix Jones and the Rain City Superhero Movement, I can attest that he is very real, and very committed. The question is, is Rex Velvet trying to do something legitimate or is he just an attention seeking clown seeking to piggyback atop the micro-fame of a group of people who are actually, and foolishly I might add, going out in the street in an effort to help people?

I spoke to Mr. Velvet this afternoon while doing my best Vicki Vale impression and we discussed his secret evil plan to stop Phoenix Jones, his love of puppies, his henchmen headcount, and the importance of letting the police do their jobs.

Here now is our exclusive interview with Rex Velvet. (more…)

Take a Look at James Gunn’s ‘Super’

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We’re you a fan of Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass? The answer better be yes, or you can flock yourself with a spiked dildo. Well, in the style of “average joe becomes a vigilante” comes James Gunn‘s (Slither) Super.  The film stars Rainn Wilson as a man who decides to become a super hero after a series of events which include his wife (played by Liv Tyler) leaving him for Kevin Bacon, literally being touched by the finger of God in a dream, and seeing a morally-preachy superhero named the Holy Avenger (played by Nathan Fillion) on catholic television. Rounding out the cast is Ellen Page, who plays Wilson know-nothing, immature, vulgar sidekick.

From what we hear, based on early reviews, Super is like what would happen if Kick-Ass was a Troma film (low budget, cult films from humor-gore director Lloyd Kaufman). It’s a film about a weirdo who smacks people in the head with a wrench in the name of justice. It’s slapstick humor, that tips into the realm of dark comedy. Eh, I guess all you really need to know is that it features a potty-mouthed Ellen Page in a superhero costume (HAWT) and stars that guy from The Office.

To get a better idea if this is a movie you should put on your watch list, then check out the clip below. It highlights the real-world effects of fighting evil (NSFW Language).

Super screened at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and was very well received. No word on when it will be released theatrically, but IFC films bought it and hopes to market it to the cultfilm fan base (straight to DVD, presumably).

source: bleedingcool