This Is The Wrench Wielding Superhero We Want: Dwight In Tights!

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Rainn Wilson joins Ellen Page and Liv Tyler in Super, a superhero comedy film. Slither writer James Gunn penned the script, and will direct this slightly dark super tale.


Super begins production in December, and with Gunn attached to the wheel and this cock-eyed premise, we're ready to see Dwight bash some heads in:

Wilson, who last worked with Page in "Juno," plays an average guy who takes on the pseudo-superhero alter ego of the Crimson Bolt, after watching his wife (Tyler) fall under the spell of a charming drug dealer. Lacking super powers, he compensates by swinging a trusty wrench.



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You know what? I'm sorry, but Hollywood superheroes just don't work for me.

I'm not saying comic books are bastions of intelligent writing, but there's been enough distillation of ideas over the years that the cream often floats to the top.

When a comic book movie goes bad, it's often because it's been Hollywood-ized.

Emo Spider-Man with a dance routine being the love of all New York? All Hollywood.

Superman has a son and abandoned Earth for 5 years? All Hollywood. (Though I can see Morrison doing something awesome with it).

Wolverine & Storm lead the X-Men versus Magneto, a British Juggernaut, and a pseudo-Dark Phoenix? All Hollywood (with extra Ratner).

Then when Hollywood tries it themselves, we get stuff like "My Super Ex-Girlfriend." The pinnacle of Hollywood created superheroics is Hancock, and I personally thought it floated by entirely on Will Smith's charisma.

Am I wrong? I don't know. Perhaps I over-simplify. But I still feel Hollywood created superheroes often miss the idea and go for the standard plot points.