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I’ve been following director Jason Trost’s indie superhero flick “Vs.” on and off for some time now, mostly because the concept of a “Watchmen”-like superhero movie (gritty, realistic, etc) on an indie budget really strikes my fancy. And judging by the trailer that I’ve seen of the movie, I’m convinced this could be really good. The film has been playing the festival circuit for some time, but will now be arriving on DVD/Blu-ray courtesy of Image Entertainment on January 29, 2013 with a new title, “All Superheroes Must Die”. I’m not a big fan of the name change, especially given the film’s gritty approach. “All Superheroes Must Die” sounds like some campy action movie from the ’80s, which from all accounts, “Vs.” is not. But hey, whatever gets it onto the store racks, I guess.
Four superheroes awaken in a seemingly abandoned town, stripped of their powers and at the mercy of their sinister arch-nemesis who forces them into a series of brutal challenges — where the stakes include the lives of the innocent, as well as their own.
The film actually has a pretty good cast, with Lucas Till (Havok from “X-Men: First Class”) and “Dexter’s” James Remar. Trost himself co-stars, as well as directing from his own script.