Glass: What have you done, Elijah? DC and Marvel watch your backs!


The Glass trailer dropped yesterday. It is time to get out of the shadows and unleash the power of The Beast.

Yesterday, the Glass trailer dropped. This event was highly anticipated by fans of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Unbreakable. For over a year we have heard about this movie, seen sneak peeks of it and even a trailer that was released at San Diego Comic Con.

However, nothing will prepare you for this first look into this modern-day superhero film. Yes, I used the word superhero. For those of you that think only Marvel and DC are the supreme entities that should be dealing with superhumans or mutants get ready to be surprised.

This effort from Shyamalan is a graphic novel come to life. If you love comics, you will not be disappointed. The dynamics between Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) are the central focus in this trailer.

At first, we think that Mr. Glass has given up on life and just resigned himself to the fact that he is going to live out the rest of his days in a facility. Until his orderly informs him that he has two companions. Cut to Dunn and Crumb who stare at each other like two wary animals while Glass’ eyes light up with glee.

What does he have up his sleeve? It must be pretty dastardly if he has been dormant for years. Enter Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) who believes that she has developed a technique to deal with the trio’s delusions of superhuman abilities.

In an effort to draw out Crumb’s multiple personalities, she manipulates a series of lights which causes him to switch from benevolent to childish entities culminating in our first glimpse of The Beast. Now, we are getting somewhere.

Glass is hip to what she is doing so he pays Crumb a midnight visit and starts with the light play to see if he can conjure up the demon. Lo and behold, he does. Why does Elijah Price (Glass’ real name) need The Beast? He needs Crumb’s abilities (which include climbing walls like Spider-Man) to get them out of their prison.

Of course, this is where the real fun begins. We see quick montages of The Beast wreaking havoc, Dunn in low-key pursuit and finally a fight between The Beast and Dunn’s superhero moniker, The Overseer. This tussle makes Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice look like a rom-com.

Now, taking ordinary humans, giving them extraordinary abilities is nothing new but the key here is that we can relate to our hero, Dunn. He was just an average Joe with a security job keeping a low profile. Glass is the traditional evil mastermind but even he is rooted in reality.

Crumb is a pawn and a means to an end apparently for Price. What is scary is that the evil is not your over the top comic book nemesis with weird clown makeup or crazy mechanical arms. It is actually the darkness that men are capable of and what malevolence can fester in the soul beneath the surface.

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Some people are complaining that this trailer wasn’t elusive enough that too much of the plot was given away. I beg to differ. This story is just getting started. There are plenty of why’s to be answered.

Like Charlayne Woodard who portrays Elijah’s (Glass) mother says, “They always underestimate the mastermind.”

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