There have been a few indie super-hero deconstructions in recent years: “Defendor” with Woody Harrelson, “Special” with Michael Rappaport, among others. But there are deconstructions and then there are obliterations like James Gunn’s hysterical and disturbing “Super,” which is essentially an ingenious riff on the core story of “Taxi Driver” — a lonely man loses his mind and invents cause to make himself feel valuable and heroic — if only Travis Bickle had invented a costumed identity to work out his anger issues rather than getting a hack license. Rainn Wilson stars as Frank, a lowly diner cook whose wife leaves him for another man. Frank essentially has a mental breakdown and the way he expresses it is through “The Crimson Bolt” the low-rent super-hero he invents.
The movie in very funny and very dark, in the style of Gunn’s work for Troma (“Tromeo & Juliet”), and his highly underrated directorial debut “Slither.” Gunn and Wilson stopped by the Crossroads House to talk about their inspirations and nerdy credentials, plus Wilson even wrapped things up with a drum solo.