New Low-Budget Argentinian Film Plays with DC’s Superhero Characters
One of the more frustrating elements of the modern superhero movie milieu is its refusal, in the long term, to establish a stable canon. The Avengers series has been good about this, but with films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a new Spider-Man film, and Deadpool, we live in a world where several versions of certain superhero characters exist simultaneously. Which one is the “real” one? I suppose it’s now left to the viewer.
DC Comics, however, rather than try to strip down their universe to a single canon, has instead opened the door for any and all filmmakers to do whatever they want with their characters, expanding their universe into whatever a resourceful fan might want. Although carefully operating under altered names (hence bypassing any serious legal action), a new low-budget Argentinian film called Kryptonite has more or less recast the famous Justice League characters as criminals and vigilantes in Buenos Aires.
In Kryptonite, Superman has become Super Gasoline (a man who is hurt by green glass), The Joker has become Corona (a comic intermediary between cops and criminals), Wonder Woman has become a transvestite named Lady Di, and The Martian Manhunter has become a grunting thug named John Weird, played by Argentine pop star Carca.
Kryptonite was released in Argentina in December of 2015, but has yet to find a theatrical release in the U.S. Resourceful people may be able to find bootlegs and downloads of it. The rest of us may have a chance to see the type of superhero film that the genre needs: A low-budget, dialogue-heavy crime film that only happens to feature recognizable DC characters.
Top Image: Crudo Films
Witney Seibold is a contributor to the CraveOnline Film Channel, and the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. He also contributes to Legion of Leia and to Blumhouse. You can follow him on “The Twitter” at @WitneySeibold, where he is slowly losing his mind.