Focus on the horror feature film “Brightburn – The Child of Evil”, and more particularly on the mask worn by the disturbing protagonist of the latter. Warning, it will spoiler!
Brightburn – The Evil Child : descent into hell
Brightburn – The Evil Child places us first from the point of view of Tori Breyer. The latter despairs of becoming a mother, until the day when a baby appears in her life. The circumstances of his birth are more than mysterious, but ultimately, it doesn’t matter to Tori. For her and her husband, this unknown infant represents a lot of happiness in perspective. Especially since the child, growing up, shows himself endowed with an intelligence and an unusual curiosity for his age. All’s well that ends well…unless? Indeed, things get tough at the time of puberty. A malevolent, cruel force, seems to wake up at Brandon. Tori recognizes him less and less and begins to think he is responsible for despicable things which arise in their town, Brightburn. A single question ends up burning his lips. Can Brandon be stopped before it’s too late?
James Gunn, director emeritus to whom we owe in particular Guardians of the Galaxy, officiates as a producer on the film. The feature film is signed Brian and Mark Gunn, who are respectively the filmmaker’s younger brother and cousin. To our colleagues from Comicsbeat, the authors poured out their inspirations. Both explain that they wanted write a decidedly dark superhero movie. The newborn motif taken in by parents with no offspring is a classic pattern that applies to a number of characters, including the famous Superman. The authors decided to draw inspiration from this mythology while diverting it – a bias that is reminiscent of the excellent series The Boys !
The underside of the mask
As a self-respecting “superhero”, Brandon must have a panoply. To protect your identity, what better than a good old mask? The object, which gives it a look that is gloomy to say the least, carries a symbolism oh so interesting. Thus, from a purely visual point of view, it is possible to notice a reference to flying insects. On Brandon’s dark red mask, we can see intertwined laces. An image that is reminiscent the proboscis of certain flying insects. More so, at the beginning of the film, the young boy’s class studies bees, as well as wasps. When asked the difference between the hives of these two species, Brandon, very comfortable on the subject, does not hesitate.
Indeed, he explains that the wasp is, unlike the bee, a predator. He then goes into a long explanation regarding the Chrysid. This parasitic wasp uses violence to place its young in the hives of other species, forcing the latter to take care of them. As you will have understood, the subtext of this sequence is particularly important sinceit echoes the very existence of the boy ! He was thus sent by his extra-terrestrial species, which annihilates the inhabitants of other planets by abandoning their offspring there. Their long-term plan is to return to invade the worlds that the younger ones have already begun to ravage.