This Trailer for Russian Superhero Film 'Zaschitniki' is a Must Watch

January 5, 2016
Source: io9


Whoa! What the heck is this? Every once in a while, Russia produces a movie that actually makes the rest of the world take notice. I still can't forget that magical flying car movie a few years back (Black Lightning) known as Russia's Transformers. The next production we're curious about is a film called Zaschitniki, a Russian superhero feature about four different super-powered humans. This trailer came out in May of last year but we only just now came across it thanks to io9. It's only a teaser and they don't show too much, but it is an appealing first look, and with this early concept art for it I'm certainly intrigued. I want to see more.

Here's the first teaser trailer for Sarik Andreasyan's Zaschitniki, found on YouTube via a tip from io9:

Here's some of the concept art for Zaschitniki floating around online, showing the superhero characters:

Zaschitniki Concept Art

The plot synopsis for Zaschitniki on IMDb states: "During the Cold War, an organization called 'Patriot' created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again." One of the commenters on io9 identifies the various superheroes seen in this: "So we got a Werebear, a psychopath with curved swords, a telekinetic with earth element powers and some sort of super powered witch. Why can't Hollywood come up with something like this?" Indeed. The release date for the film is listed as December 2016 for Russia, likely sometime in 2017 for North America. We'll be watching out for more on this film. What do you think?

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  • TheOct8pus
    Looks interesting. One thing the Russians don't lack: vision and piles of money. For those new to Russian blockbusters, I recommend Night Watch and Day Watch, Or if you're interested in foreign superheroes, check out the Bollywood take with Ra One.
    • Night Watch is such a good movie. One of my favourites.
      • David Diaz
        I agree. Loved Night Watch. Still haven't gotten around to watching Day Watch. Must do that soon.
      • shiboleth
        Pretty intense one. And l like it much more than Day Watch ...
  • superb!
    Looks like it has the potential to be a great C-List movie!!
    • shiboleth
      Oh, I'm afraid you're wrong this time. Russians can make very good movies. I wouldn't be surprised if this one gets better than, say, Avengers ...
      • DAVIDPD
        I didn't mean it as a knock. Like ATTACK THE BLOCK, CABIN IN THE WOODS or SHAWN OF THE DEAD. C-List aspirations done in perfect form.
        • shiboleth
          Now, we're talking. Among movies numerated, I am very big fan of Cabin in the Woods. That movie is just fantastic. Sorry for my overdoing it. Again.
  • bumboclot
    "What's impossible about that?" - Toretto
    • TheOct8pus
      No woman can drive like that! ....unless that was a failed attempt at parallel parking
  • bumboclot
    The curved sword guy looks tough. Don't know about Bear-man, like if he can control himself, or maybe he just becomes a mindless bear looking to eat Leo DiCaprio and hibernate. Hopefully telekenetic guy can move more than a handful of rocks. We don't see the witch powers.
    • Matthew
      and don't forget the raping because bears do rape.
    • Bearman from Russia, Oh, the irony.
  • superultraboy
    looks like one of those fancy and futuristic chewing gum commercials.
  • Jonathan
    Not sure why that was a 'must watch'. Not much to it.
  • After the Director got into Hollywood, I think the 3rd film was abandoned. Kind of a shame, but it was good to see some of the techniques of the first two seep into movies like Wanted.
  • Payne by name
    Sorry to be so base but the witch from the trailer looks stacked.
  • Dan Hibiki
    oh... nice. I quite liked Robot, which is a decent movie if you fast forward all the dance numbers.
    • TheOct8pus
      Haha!! Yeah. That's the one thing you need to get used to with Bollywood...all the singing and dancing.
  • Dan Hibiki
    the Books they're based on are also great. More Noir detective in style as compared to the over the top movies. They even reference the films in the book as a parallel universe where the leader of the Dark Ones happens to dress like a bum.
    • TheOct8pus
      Cool. I haven't read them. Are they in English? I can probably answer my own question....
  • Brandon Moss
    Are you sure this isn't a videogame trailer?
  • Kenneth Lewis
    This looks awesome and i cant wait to see it.
  • Tricia Kroll
    The Werebear guy is a scientist - he can change part of himself and still remain part human and cognizant. Or he can change into a full bear and still remain somewhat aware. The psychopath - I couldn't tell if he was a tele-porter like Nightcrawler or a speedster like the Flash. The swords are awesome. He can use them individually or they can be combined at the handles and make an S shaped sword that is hard to beat. The telekinetic can control earth elements - rocks and the like. He can control them individually or by attracting them to his body and using them as a shield. In the end he gets a line of rocks that are somehow connected kinetically and can be used like a whip, shield etc... Just depends on what shape he wants it to form. The witch can control her body temp so that she appears invisible in water. So if it is raining or she is in a body of water she can't be seen. Also, if she touches something it can also become invisible as well. They all have martial arts skills and seem to be smart. It was an interesting little flick. The subtitles are off - meaning the translation from Russian to English is not always grammatically correct. But you can figure it out.




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