DIFF 2011 Video Interview: BOY WONDER writer/director Michael Morrissey and actor Caleb Steinmeyer
As a kid who grew up reading comic books, I dreamt of one day being a superhero with the abnormal abilities to be faster than a speeding bullet and catch thieves just like flies. That's just what Sean Donovan sets out to do...only Sean doesn't have superpowers or a brightly colored disguise or even a mighty moniker. All he shares with caped crusaders and spandex-clad superheroes is the unfailing determination to see evil thwarted in his city. The driving factor at the core of every great masked avenger. Their origin story, if you will.
It was this origin story, as well as his own love for comics, that inspired writer/director Michael Morrissey to make BOY WONDER, a film about a disturbed and troubled teen (Caleb Steinmeyer) that becomes his own hero in a life surrounded by villains. WONDER takes the recent subgenre of DIY, vigilante justice superhero films to new leaps in a single bound (or should I say dark lows). The film plays like TAXI DRIVER meets a boyhood Batman without the money or those wonderful toys. Just a lot of repressed anger and a unquenchable thirst for vengeance. But evildoers beware, this kid can kick ass.
We recently sat down with the filmmaker and the star to discuss the influences and inspirations for BOY WONDER, its twists, turns, and dark corners, the film's invitation to interpretation, as well as its basis in comic book lore, and much more!