'Brightburn': Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about James Gunn's new horror flick

'Brightburn': Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about James Gunn's new horror flick

A child from another world crash-landing on Earth, and turning out to be a sinister character rather than a save-the-world superhero, is the premise for James Gunn's upcoming horror flick 'Brightburn'. The posters of the film promise a haunting spin on a superhero origin story and the film is slated to hit theatres this week. After Gunn was fired from 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' following his old offensive tweets about rape and pedophilia resurfacing in July 2018, he was rehired this March, and 'Brightburn' could be described as his comeback film. Gunn's signature is all over the movie that he's producing along with Kenneth Huang. Here is all you need to know about the much-anticipated horror film:

Release Date

'Brightburn' poster (Source: IMDB)

'Brightburn' is all set to hit theatres on May 24. It was originally scheduled to be released on November 30, 2018.


Jackson A Dunn plays the role of Brandon Breyer, the boy who is seen in the red mask in the trailers of the film, which look like they were taken straight out of your nightmares. The 16-year-old had previously featured on 'Avengers: Endgame' as Scott Lang. The film also stars Elizabeth Banks, who plays Tori Breyer, Brandon's mother in the film, and David Denman appearing as Kyle Breyer, Brandon's father. Matt Jones will also play an important character in the film as Noah McNichol. Also part of the cast are Jennifer Holland, Meredith Hagner, Emmie Hunter, and Gregory Alan Williams.

Elizabeth Banks of 'Shrill' speaks onstage during the Hulu Panel during the Winter TCA 2019 on February 11, 2019, in Pasadena, California. (Getty Images)

The film's script was written by James Gunn's brother Mark and cousin Brian Gunn and directed by David Yarovesky. The director is known for his earlier projects 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014) and 'The Hive' (2014). The film will be distributed by Sony Pictures and executive produced by Dan Clifton, Nic Crawley, Mark, and Brian Gunn, among others.




The film, which is being teased as a "superhero horror", will follow the events that take place after a 12-year-old from another world is brought up by a Kansas couple, and he soon turns out to be anything but a "superhero". The trailer shows the film that is set in the American Midwest in haunting clips of what unfolds as the boy turns out to be pure evil, as other characters struggle to survive. The film promises an overturned superhero flick, and a classic "What would it be like if Clark Kent wasn't such a nice guy?" Setting aside the film's dark twist, it does have some uncanny similarities with the Superman origin story, with familiar concepts and iconography, like the Midwest cornfield setting and celestial object crashing into it. 



If you loved this, you may also like

Since 'Brightburn' teases an unconventional spin on the genre of superhero movies, here are a few other such films and TV shows that you may like.

'The Umbrella Academy'

'The Punisher'


'The Toxic Avenger'

If you have an entertainment scoop or a story for us, please reach out to us on (323) 421-7515

Share this article:

 brightburn release date cast plot james gunn horror film superhero genre dark spin