When we last spoke of Super, my ComicsAlliance colleague Esther Inglis-Arkell wondered if the ultra-violent superhero satire/parody/whatever could be responsibly categorized as "superhero" at all. Shot in a grainy hand-held style, the characters of the Rainn Wilson-starring film look especially ridiculous in their costumes, and appear motivated only by selfish rage at everyday inconveniences rather than by any genuine concern for justice.

Has this rabid, frothing commentary on superheroes finally burned itself out, or is there more to be mined from the Fractured Fairy Tales approach to the genre? A new Super clip premiered at this year's Spike TV Scream Awards depicts this approach in full effect, and you can see it for yourself after the jump.

In the clip, Rainn Wilson's character becomes furious when a very rude man and his date butt-in to a movie line that wraps around the block. He righteously confronts the offending patrons, who naturally tell Wilson to "Go f*ck himself." This prompts Wilson to go to his car and change -- in full view of an impressionable little girl -- into The Crimson Bolt before critically injuring the line-cutters with a big red wrench, causing all sorts of blood-soaked chaos and panic.

(In fairness, those two totally cut and in a seriously egregious way.)

Like the makers of Megamind, the creators of Super no doubt believe the "What if superheroes were really real and/or hopelessly inept" concept is startlingly original, but that's hardly true in a post-Watchmen, post-The Tick, post-Mystery Men, post-Kick-Ass, post-Blankman world.

Where Super may distinguish itself is in how far it will go in this depraved direction. While the aforementioned films eventually redeemed their hapless superheroes through acts of earnestness and valor (except maybe Kick-Ass), Super may prove there is some value, comedic or otherwise, to leaving everything behind but the tights.

What do you think?

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