The anti-superhero horror film stars Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games). Both Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn wrote the script, which has been described as the reverse concept of SuperMan.
Speaking to EW recently, James Gunn details the inspiration that was behind the mask dawned by the ‘BrightBurn‘ villain (played by Jackson A. Dunn). Gunn wanted to create a truly iconic look for a horror movie character similar to that of Freddy Krueger or Leatherface:
“I just gave so many notes on that mask,” Gunn said. “Trying to create a really truly iconic horror movie character in the same way that Freddy Krueger is, or in the same way that Leatherface is, or in the same way that Jason is.
“Trying to create something with that same sort of feel that is instantly scary [and] plays with the superhero-ness of it all but at the same time is most definitely rooted in horror.”
Speaking on the film earlier this year, Gunn said that, when presented with ‘BrightBurn,’ it excited him unlike anything outside the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy‘ franchise had in years:
“About a year ago my brother Brian, my cousin Mark, director David Yarovesky, producer Simon Hatt and I started coming up with an idea for a horror film that excited me in a way nothing outside of Guardians has in years – it was personal, and different, and perfectly suited for our times. And, yes, terrifying.”