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.

Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for, and was previously a featured writer at and where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.