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  • A horror take on the Superman origins/mythos.
  • This is Elizabeth Banks and David Denham's first collaboration since Power Rangers (2017) as Rita and Sam Scott, respectively.
  • The middle school scenes were shot at the now-defunct Patrick Henry High School in Stockbridge, Georgia. This is the same location used for both Hawkins Middle and Hawkins High Schools in seasons 1 and 2 of Stranger Things (2016).
  • Due to the perhaps intentional similarity of Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' in the 2018 trailer, various YouTubers theorized that the movie was an adaptation of Superman's alternate self from the doppelganger universe known as Earth 2: Ultraman.
  • Leah Goodkind's first feature film appearance.
  • A supposed horror take on the Superman mythos, but more of an adaptation of The Ultraman, an evil Superman from Earth 3.
  • The symbol that Brandon Beyer writes in his notebook and leaves at the scenes of his crimes is nearly identical to that of the Brand of Sacrifice from the Berserk manga.
  • Heavily influenced by the comic "Supreme Power" a Marvel take on the justice league characters. In the comic, it also explores what would happen if Superman didn't have such high morals as a kid as well as an adult.
  • Steve Agee, Michael Rooker, Stephen Blackehart and Terence Rosemore appeared as Ravagers in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
  • Elizabeth Banks and David Denman both appeared in Power Rangers (2017).
  • Clark's home town was Smallville just as Brandon's home town was Brightburn
  • Elizabeth Banks and Michael Rooker previously appeared together in Slither (2006).
  • Superman traditionally stands for "truth, justice and the American way". The essay Caitlyn is writing when she's visited by Brandon is "The Decline of Truth and Justice in the Modern World", identifying Brandon as a twisted, dark version of Superman born from the death of the values that the original one embodied.
  • At around 14:30, when the family are at Darba's Family Grill celebrating Brandon's birthday, it is clearly a shuttered Hardee's based on the outside facade.
  • Brandon's character shares his first name with one of the Superman actors, Brandon Routh.
  • Brandon Breyer's name follows the classic comic-book convention of superheroes with alliterative first and last names, such as Clark Kent, Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, etc.
  • The BB mirror image symbol for Brandon Breyer could just as easily be for Brightburn. It resembles the logo for Buckaroo Banzai and the "brand of sacrifice" from the manga and anime Berserk.
  • Brightburn is mentioned as being in Kansas, which is where Kal-El landed and later grew up to become Superman.
  • In many scenes, Brandon wears combinations of blue, red and yellow, the main colors in Superman's traditional outfit. (This tactic was also used on the character Clark Kent in the TV series "Smallville.")
  • Elizabeth Banks and Michael Rooker also starred in Slither together.
  • Another Demon child movie where the villain is always white.
  • People complained about this movie; but it does do a better job of showing the kid's transition from innocent naive to serial killer-psychopath than say, the Omen series does.
  • Critics accused the film of plagiarizing the Superman concept from DC Comics, but DC and Superman artists Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster did not invent the idea of a Superman, they just visualized him in comic book form. "Superman" is a term significantly used by Friedrich Nietzsche, particularly in Also sprach Zarathustra (1883-85). He is the one who coined the phrase and the concept, then it became part of the zeitgeist and lexicon. Of course, the particulars of the comic book Superman are what this film is riffing off, which was indeed the creation of Siegel and Shuster.
  • The building collapse was filmed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was the real demolition of The Sir John Carling Building on July 13th, 2014. The stock footage was shot by filmmaker Chris Chitaroni.


  • During this movie, cakes are shown
  • Michael Rooker plays a YouTube conspiracy theorist in a short sequence during the end credits. He compares the footage of Brightburn to other mysterious figures that he believes the government is trying to cover up. The figures resemble a twisted version of DC Comics Justice League. Rooker's character mentions a sea creature over turning a boat, an allusion to Aquaman and a witch strangling people with ropes, a probable analog to Wonder Woman. Also shown in the graphic behind Rooker's character is an alien being, possibly a reference to the Martian Manhunter and an image of the Crimson Bolt, which was Rainn Wilson's character from James Gunn's earlier film 'Super' who had some similarities to Batman.
  • Jackson A. Dunn (Brandon Breyer) also appears in another comic book based film released in 2019, Avengers: Endgame (2019). In that film he played a younger version of Scott Lang/Ant-Man, when Scott gets time pushed through him causing him to change into different ages.
  • In class, when describing wasps, Brandon says that wasps are more aggressive than bees, work in groups to attack, and that one species forces other insects to raise its young. This becomes a clear analogy of Brandon's alien species of origin, as they left him to be raised by human parents and later instruct him to dominate his surroundings.
  • Many familiar demon child movie tropes and cliches here. One parent believes the kid; the other thinks he's a psychopath. (Orphan, Damien Omen 2). A series of accidents that happen but no one is sure who did it. (Orphan, Omen, Exorcist). The parent take it upon themselves to kill the kid and end up getting killed themselves. (The Bad Seed, The Omen, Carrie). There's a big confrontation at the ending where the parents get killed; the kid survives and ends up looking like the hero. (The Omen, the Bad Seed). Also the kid is getting direction from some supernatural force; or some otherworldly father figure. (The Exorcist, the Omen, Children of the Corn). The kid is seen as some anti-christ figure; the source of Armaggedon. (Rosemary's Baby, The Omen, The Exoricst franchise).
  • The scene where Tory tries to stab Brendan at the end right after telling him she loves him, holding the knife behind her back and then attacking as they are hugging, is very similar to the scene in Carrie when Margaret stabs Carrie at the end.
  • Police officer at the end of the film reports a 217. When a pre-meditated murder is in progress and an officer needs back-up, code 217 or assault with murder attempt is the right code to use. This is a very common code used in law enforcement.
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