It's no secret or surprise that superhero movies have dominated at the box office over the past few years. As of now, superhero adventures based on iconic comic books currently represent five of the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, Captain America: Civil War ($407.7 million), Deadpool $363 million, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330.3 million), Suicide Squad ($262.2 million) and X-Men: Apocalypse ($155.4 million). Today we have our first look at a much different superhero movie, Guardians, which comes all the way from Russia and gives us a look at some new, wholly original heroes.
This domestic trailer surfaced on YouTube, but, like most domestic trailers for foreign movies, it features some rather sub-standard English dubbing. Still, if you're looking for a fresh superhero movie that isn't based on any previously-established comic books, Guardians may be just what your looking for. While the title may remind fans of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, these new superheroes are much more reminiscent of the Fantastic Four.
During the Cold War, an organization called "Patriot" created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple Soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again. These heroes include a man who can manipulate stone (Sebastien Sisak), another who is a half-man, half-bear (Anton Pampushnyy), a woman who has the ability to manipulate and turn herself into a form of water (Alina Lanina) and a teleporter with some massive sickle weapons (Sanzhar Madiev)
The supporting cast includes Alina Kiziyarova, Valeriya Shkirando, Marusya Klimova, Vyacheslav Razbegaev, Stanislav Shirin, Nikolay Shestak and Aleksandr Semyonov. The movie was produced with a budget of 330 million Rubles, which is the equivalent of 20 million U.S. dollars. Guardians is set for release in Russia on February 17, 2017, although there is no U.S. release date set at this time.
Guardians is directed by Sarik Andreasyan, who directed last year's indie thriller American Crime starring Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody and Jordana Brewster, from a script by Andrey Gavrilov. It doesn't seem that this project has found a domestic distributor quite yet, but if it's successful in Russia, it may get a stateside release. The movie has also secured a release in China next spring as well. While we wait for more on the domestic release of Guardians, check out the new trailer below.