Foreign superhero movies are WEIRD, man. I mean, I’m not even talking about the Japanese stuff with the bug-men and the dude with underwear on his head, that’s a whole thing into itself. But have you ever seen The Heroic Trio? Or there’s this new Russian one coming out that looks totally insane. Anyway, as superhero movies make it big at the domestic and international box office, more and more countries are looking to get in on the action and add their own voices to the genre. Which is a great thing, really, because the more international superheroes North American audiences are exposed to, the more those audiences might learn about how superheroes are approached in subtly different ways from country to country.
Superheroes are considered a fundamentally American invention, built on the premises of exceptionalism and individualism. But when you take the concept and look at it through the lens of some other countries, with different outlooks on the world and each man’s place in society, you can get some interesting results.
I wish I could say that the trailer for Rendel, a new superhero flick out of Finland, is a great example of this right off the bat. But unfortunately, this first trailer almost feels like a riff on Netflix’s Daredevil series, all gritty and darkly lit and with the superhero of the title almost a non-entity…..so far. If we’re being honest, it’s pretty generic. Set to some bland inspiring orchestral music and inter-cut with title cards declaring things like “vengeance takes a stand”. Still, I’m going to keep my eye on this project and see where it goes. Could end up being interesting.
You can check out the trailer for Rendel below.