The Jakarta Post
After a teaser which was released in April, the long-awaited trailer for superhero movie Gundala was finally unveiled on Saturday evening on Screenplay Films’ YouTube channel.
The trailer opens with little Sancaka (Muzakki Ramdhan) struggling to live on the streets after being abandoned by his parents. He’s often told to put himself above everything else and that caring about other people would only complicate his life. Growing up, Sancaka (Abimana Aryasatya) witnesses riots that escalate across the country, but one day he is suddenly struck by lightning, bestowing super powers on him that he can later use to fight against injustice.
The action-packed trailer also reveals new characters, including Swara Bathin (Cecep Arif Rahman), Ridwan Bahri (Lukman Sardi), Wulan, aka Merpati, (Tara Basro) and Mutiara Cempaka (Kelly Tandiono).
“Swara Bathin is a dancer,” said Cecep Arif Rahman during a press conference on Saturday in Central Jakarta. “It’s interesting because people already recognize me as a martial artist, but [the film's director and scriptwriter] Joko [Anwar] wanted me to be a dancer.”
Director Joko Anwar (middle) and the cast of 'Gundala' during a press conference on Saturday in Central Jakarta. (JP/ Ni Nyoman Wira)
At the same time, Abimana praised Joko for being thorough with the characters in his film. “It’s easy to collaborate with him because he even knows the characters’ zodiac sign,” Abimana said. “[We can ask about] why his name is Sancaka, what happened to him. Joko already has a clear goal in mind [regarding these characters].”
In one of the scenes, little Sancaka is seen running after his friend, Awang (Faris Fadjar), who is on a train. People speculate that Awang in Gundala is the same as Awang in Godam, a superhero character in comic books created by Wid NS.
However, during the press conference, Joko neither confirmed nor denied the speculation.
Gundala is adapted from the comic books by Harya “Hasmi” Suryaminata and the film is set to hit cinemas on Aug. 29.
The film is said to be the gateway to other superhero films under the cinematic universe of entertainment company Bumilangit.
Collaborating with Screenplay Films, Bumilangit plans to release more superhero films within five years, including Si Buta dari Gua Hantu (The Blind Warrior From the Ghost Cave). (kes)
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