This weekend, there’s a new type of superhero movie arriving on the big screen with Brightburn, directed by David Yarovesky and produced by James Gunn.

The story, written by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, revolves around the Breyer family, who live on a farm in the quiet town of Brightburn, Kansas. Lori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle (David Denman) are doing their best to raise their adopted son Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn) properly, but once he hits his pre-teens, it’s painfully aware to his parents that their kid has some major issues that could potentially put everyone in danger if they cannot get Brandon and his dark impulses under control.

At the recent press day for Brightburn, Daily Dead caught up with both James Gunn and Elizabeth Banks to talk about the upcoming slasher/superhero mash-up, and they discussed how the project came together, how this story tapped into every parent’s worse fears about their children, why Dunn was the perfect choice to play the film’s antagonistic character, and more.

Look for Brightburn in theaters everywhere Thursday night, courtesy of Screen Gems.

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    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.