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Jakarta Post

Holding on for a superhero

  • Sara Veal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 6 2010   /  11:07 am

On May 5, 2008, a film poster appeared on kafegaul.com’s message boards. A smiling man seen from the back, his face obscured by a winged mask. Beyond him, the Jakarta skyline. Below, the words Gundala: Putra Petir (Gundala: Son of Lightning), and a release date: June 2009. Artist impression of scene from Gundala movie. Courtesy of Iskandar Salim

The poster of the popular Indonesian superhero spread like wildfire across the Internet, supported by a website, a Facebook fan page — and that pinnacle of Web 2.0 veracity: a Wikipedia entry stating the film was a “collaboration of the country’s young talents, dedicated to [capturing and presenting] a breathtaking superhero adventure”, with special effects by Clockwork Factory, a local production house. While the Wikipedia page remains, the truth has since been revealed and the mastermind unmasked. The poster, the website and ac...