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Gundala Film poster

On Friday, (12/4), Screenplay Films has realeased the teaser for Gundala superhero film on their YouTube account. While the exact release date has not been announced yet, the film is planned to be released in August 2019 in Indonesia.

A collaboration between Screenplay Films x BumiLangit Studio in association with Legacy Pictures, the film tells the story of Sancaka, a man who has the ability to control lightning and run at high speed. Therefore, he is called by the name Gundala Putera Petir (Gundala the son of lightning).

The film is directed by Joko Anwar, acclaimed director of Pengabdi Setan (2017), Pintu Terlarang (2009), Kala (2007) and Janji Joni (2005). The cast includes Abimana Aryasatya as Gundala (Sancaka), Tara Basro as Mulan aka Merpati, Bront Palarae as the villain Pengkor, and Muzaki Ramadhan as young Sancaka.

The film is adapted from Harya Suraminata’s classic superhero comic, Gundala Putera Petir. The comic was originally published between 1969 to 1982 with twenty three books. The Gundala character itself was inspired by Javanese legendary figure, the lightning catcher Ki Ageng Selo. In October 2017, a new story of Gundala titled “Bangkitnya Ki Wilawuk” (The Rise of Ki Wilawuk) the latest version of this comic has been published as a comic strip in KOMPAS newspaper, both printed and digital ePaper.

Gundala is also one of the characters to be featured in BumiLangit [R]evolusi project. BumiLangit [R]evolusi is a project to ‘revive’ the legacy of old Indonesian comics. The project features eight heroes who represent eight elements. BumiLangit itself is an intellectual property-based company that manages the rights to classic Indonesian comic book characters.

The film is expected to be the beginning of an Indonesian superhero cinematic universe, featuring characters whose rights are managed by BumiLangit.

Read more: Bringing Classic Heroes to Modern Times: BumiLangit [R]evolusi

The Indonesian Anime Times

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