I wonder just how far you can take an homage until it becomes copyright infringement and without getting sued for it. Brightburn is basically Superman’s origin story with an evil Clark Kent adapted as a horror thriller. This is a fast-paced ride that escalates quickly. The editing is tight. The writers have a lot to say and the director has a lot to show.
Jackson A. Dunn plays Brandon, the young alien supervillain; Elizabeth Banks and David Denman his adoptive parents. Brandon’s superpowers are revealed early on. He has super strength, super speed, heat vision, invincibility, telekinesis, he can levitate and fly, and he gets super pissed at people. His murders are explicit and extremely gory. Some might make you look away.
The special effects are powerful and convincing, the story is exciting, the actors are excellent, and so is the dialogue. This is great casting. Whatever the budget was, it was obviously spent in the right places. This is, simply put, one of the best evil kid movies out there. It’s certainly one of the most extreme. Brightburn deserves a sequel for all kinds of reasons.