Sunday 12 June 2022

The Return of Captain Invincible

Okay, it's all very well handing in the paperwork for a superhero flick at the pitch meeting and then blowing the budget on a spy caper (yes Disney, we're looking at you) but at MountPeg Towers, capes are taken incredibly seriously. To redress the balance, our heroes have invited round the gentlemen from The ExtonMoss Experiment to form a committee for auditing silver spandex on celluloid...

And tasked with bringing the very best of cutting-edge contemporary superhuman cinema to the luxury screening room, Producer Ken has returned from Ritz with a jar of picked eggs and 1983's The Return Of Captain Invincible. It is unclear whether the tape has been rewound or just never before rented out.

How does one go about making a superhero film in the wake of Richard Donner's Superman - and starring Sir Christopher Ruddy Lee, no less - which will remain largely unseen, even in an age obsessed with superheroes? How does one maintain that it's definitely a superhero film when it features an entire song comprising lyrically of one swear-word and a scene with thirty possessed Hoovers? And what's the refund policy at the video shop?

Turn on your magnet-powers and feel the draw toward that Play button...


The Return of Captain Invincible
Original release: 1983
Studio/Distributor: Seven Keys
Writer: Steven E. de Souza / Andrew Gaty
Music: William Motzing (score)
Producer: Andrew Gaty
Director: Philippe Mora
Starring: Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee, Kate Fitzpatrick, Michael Pate

...and if you want to read some words about the film which aren't quite so rambunctous, you can do that here:

The Return of Captain Invincible isn't currently available on the big streaming services, but fans of physical media can snag it on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray.

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