"Megamind" turns superhero flicks upside down

Wed Nov 3, 2010 7:30pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Superheroes have all the fun, right? Not in "Megamind," the new 3D film in theaters on Friday. Sure, it is a superhero movie, but the animated comedy comes with a big twist: the super-villain, not the hero, wins the day and gets the girl.

Imagine a world where Lex Luthor defeats Superman and wins the heart of Lois Lane in the process, and one gets some idea of how the makers of "Megamind" have turned the comic book world of crime fighters and caped crusaders upside down.

"I love this premise which I felt was so original," Megamind Will Ferrell told Reuters, "and to get to be in a film with this cast is the most exciting part in a way for me."

Ferrell voices the role of the maniacal and somewhat hapless villain, while Brad Pitt puts life into the crime fighter Metro Man and Tina Fey is the Lois Lane-style reporter Roxanne Ritchi.

Much like Superman, the blue-skinned, green-eyed Megamind and the suave, handsome Metro Man are sent to Earth as babies by their parents because their own planet is being swallowed by a black hole.

But once on the planet, very different fates befall them. Metro Man grows up in a loving, well-adjusted family to become a hero who uses his super powers to do good, while Megamind finds himself raised in a prison where inevitably he begins his life of crime.

For years, the evil but inept Megamind tries to defeat Metro Man and take over Metro City, but his plans always end in spectacular failure until the unthinkable finally happens, he wins. As a bonus, he earns the affection of Roxanne.

Yet, in victory Megamind inadvertently removes his sole purpose in life, and thus sets up the real story of Megamind, in which the villain slips into a sort of existential crisis and must learn who he is and how to love.   Continued...