Woody Harrelson's new staight-to-DVD movie, "Defendor," about a costumed vigilante, has made a noticeable shift in its marketing campaign, casting aside the "mentally unstable do-gooder" angle, for a more freewheeling action-comedy vibe.
There's no avoiding the fact that "Defendor," starring Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh and Elias Koteas, shares a major thematic pillar with "Kick-Ass'" the hotly anticipated superhero comedy -- both are about homemade superheroes with no real powers.
The original trailer for "Defendor" appeared to be a dark comedy about a mentally unstable man trying fighting crime while simultaneously grappling with evil demons. The new "Defendor" is trailer suggests a more straightforward comedy, a la "Kick-Ass."
But while "Kick-Ass" is poised to open April 16 to a very eager audience, "Defendor" is settling for a straight-to-DVD release on April 13.
"Defendor" made its debut at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and was picked up by Sony for distribution just days later, -- what happened since then to dampen the studio's enthusiasm is anybody's guess.
Koteas' delivery of "Not the lime juice!" and a great cast make "Defendor" worth two hours of our time.