A brand new trailer for Supervised has arrived online. Superhero movies are the biggest thing in Hollywood right now and they’ve been that way for more than a decade. At some point, studios are going to have to find ways to try and reinvent the genre in order to give audiences something a little fresh. That doesn’t always mean better, but it’s an inevitability. In this case, Lionsgate is giving us a look at some Hollywood veterans as retiree superheroes. To what degree that may be appealing, as presented, very much depends on the viewer’s sensibilities.
The trailer begins with a look at a retirement home specifically designed for superheroes who have aged out of the job. Their powers are being kept in check and everyone seems to be pretty miserable. It’s not long before we realize that something isn’t as it seems and a few of these old-school heroes will be forced out of retirement in order to stop a nefarious plot. The trailer is loaded down with low-brow humor, cheap-looking costumes and B-movie special effects.
The cast includes several Hollywood icons, with Tom Berenger (Platoon, Hatfields & McCoys), leading the way. The ensemble also includes Beau Bridges (Losing Chase, Without Warning: The James Brady Story), Fionnula Flanagan (The Others, The Guard) and Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots). Steve Barron (Treasure Island) is in the director’s chair. Andy Briggs (Legendary) and John Niven (Kill Your Friends) penned the screenplay.
Supervized centers on an elderly group of international superheroes who have retired at the Dunmanor nursing home in Ireland. Ray is the once globally recognized “Maximum Justice,” who finds it difficult to accept that his hero days are behind him. His old team, which includes his trusty sidekick Ted AKA “Shimmy,” old flame Madera “Moonlight” and rival at everything Pendle “Total Thunder,” are much more accepting of the retired lifestyle. But when Jerry, formerly the “Rainbow Warrior,” dies after his superpowers were “downwardly managed” for the safety of others, Ray begins to suspect there may be something more to it and takes it upon himself to investigate. This leads him on a battle not just against enemies, but against the stigmas and limitations that come with his age.
The movie is R-rated, which means it won’t be pulling any punches, and clocks in at a brisk 84 minutes. This probably isn’t going to go down as one of the more memorable superhero movies of 2019. It does, however, join movies like James Gunn’s Brightburn as ones that are trying to reinvent the genre. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to enjoy record-breaking success with virtually every title, other studios need to do what they can in order to carve out their own piece of the pie. Supervized is set to arrive on July 19 in select theaters and VOD platforms. Be sure to check out the new trailer from the Lionsgate at Home YouTube channel for yourself.