We are head over heels with superhero movies these days and it’s understandable. While the mainstream is usually unfamiliar with anything outside of Marvel or DC some other companies have shed some comic book like on the mainstream masses as of late. While the numbers have not been as impressive (I, Frankenstein/R.I.P.D) it does lead to the fact that other companies graphic novels can hit the main screen. Similar to Dynamite’s Shadow certain comics hold their advantage by existing in another world and another time. The new film Sparks looks to capitalize on that. Based on the comic from the company started by William Katt (Carrie) Sparks will remind you of classic crime fighting on the superhero level. Sparks Hits DVD on March 18th courtesy of RLJ/Image Entertainment.
After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group, known as The Rochester 13, gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks (Williamson) doesn’t feel remotely super… but after his parents’ death, he throws himself into battle against the criminals plaguing the mean streets of New York. Teaming up with, and falling hard for, the beautiful Lady Heavenly (Bell), the unstoppable duo quickly decimates the city’s army of thugs. But when they tangle with the nation’s most twisted arch-villain, they end up losing everything — including each other. Sparks’ rage-fueled quest for vengeance ignites a battle that will change the world and alter his destiny, forever.
The film looks pretty cool and stars Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Clint Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jake Busey (Starship Troopers), and William Katt (The Greatest American Hero) is even in the film. If you are familiar with the comic industry it will remind you a lot of Green Hornet and Justice Society from the trailer. For those unfamiliar with comics but are with comic adaptations think The Watchmen and you will understand even better. I have the trailer and some images for you here but look for a review on Sparks soon!