What Went Wrong With James Gunn’s Superman Inspired Movie Brightburn?

Why did James Gunn's Brightburn polarize its audience to such a great degree?

What Went Wrong With James Gunn’s Superman Inspired Movie Brightburn?

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  • Though James Gunn's Brightburn it gained a lot of attention, a lot of it was negative.
  • While it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why this happened, there are a few aspects that caused the fans to come up with criticism.
  • Many fans were ecstatic at how the movie showcased a character similar to that of Superman but in a negative light.
  • Others however, thought it had many plot holes, horror cliches, and that the CGI looked far too unrealistic, apart from a range of other issues.
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It is a fact well-known amongst fans of the DC Universe that James Gunn, the co-CEO of DC Film, has written and will produce the upcoming Superman: Legacy movie, which will feature a new version of the iconic character. Despite having had all of his projects in the DCU gain immense success, fans were still skeptical when they heard the news. This may have less to do with his time with the superhero franchise and more to do with a 2019 movie called Brightburn.

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James Gunn's Brightburn
James Gunn’s Brightburn

The film was a rare step away from Marvel or DC for the filmmaker in recent years. However, it stuck to his superhero roots. The movie featured the age-old question of what would happen if Superman was evil. Though it gained a lot of attention, a considerable part of it proved negative. While it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why the movie failed, there are a few aspects that deserve speculation.

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Why Did Brightburn Fail?

James Gunn’s Brightburn’s time in the media spotlight was one that was full of polarity. Many fans were ecstatic at how the movie showcased a character similar to that of Superman but in a negative light. Being drunk on the power that he possessed and killing the masses, it showcased a fresher perspective on this type of character, adopting a tone similar to that of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. On the other hand, critics had something completely different to say.

James Gunn's Brightburn
James Gunn’s Brightburn

The movie was criticized for having many plot holes, featuring horror cliches that have become overly saturated, and CGI that looked far too unrealistic, even for a movie with a lower budget. It could perhaps be this, along with the huge amount of mixed reviews, that the movie received that resulted in having a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also Read: James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy Update Is The New Year Good News DC Fans Needed In 2024: “It’s going swimmingly”

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Brightburn Did Not Do It’s Character Justice

Despite these, the biggest criticism that James Gunn’s Brightburn encountered was failing to provide a deeper understanding of the character’s motivations. They believe that the the movie failed its objective, simply turning Brandon Breyer, a 12-year-old boy, who shares powers, and origins similar to Clark Kent, into a killing machine who performed massacres.

James Gunn's Brightburn
James Gunn’s Brightburn

The flipping of the switch from good to evil almost seemed abrupt to its viewers. They choose to side with bold entertainment and the shock factor rather than providing their audience with a deeper understanding of why the character meets such a massive shift from his core values. It did not sit right with many, who were looking for more flushed-out motivations and answers to the question of what would happen if Superman turned evil.

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