Concept Art from Timur Bekmambetov's Black Lightning

March 17, 2009
Source: Quiet Earth

Black Lightning

Last week, we caught very short teaser trailer for a Russian film called Black Lightning, about a flying car, that was supposedly being developed by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov. It was the first time we had ever heard about it, but it seemed pretty awesome. I didn't end up writing about it because the teaser was so short, that it wasn't worth mentioning, but now we've got some great new concept art today and I can't resist anymore. Black Lightning, in essence, is about a a student at a university in Moscow who comes into possession of a sleek flying car that sort of turns him into the superhero and defender of the city.

Thanks to Quiet Earth, we've got five new concept art photos which you can see below. And if you want to see this thing (meaning that badass flying car) in action, head over there for the teaser trailer as well.

Black Lightning Concept Art

Black Lightning Concept Art

Black Lightning Concept Art

Black Lightning Concept Art

A usual student of Moscow VUZ (Institute of Higher Education) who is randomly becomes the possessor of a used domestic vehicle, which, as it is explained, can fly! Our main hero is converted from a simple person, into the super-hero, the defender of city, mysterious fighter against evil.

Apparently Timur, who is co-producing this, said that it is the "Russian response [to] Transformers and Batman," which means it's more about superheroes and robots than it is the science of a flying car. For those interested, the car is a Volga, which has a rich history in Russian culture, and is kind of like a Russian Mercedes. Alexander Voytinskiy, who is a friend of Timur's, will be making his directorial debut, although he's made music videos and commercials before. Either way, I'm definitely interested, and I hope that we get to see more of this very soon. Apparently it's only just starting to shoot now, so keep watch!

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


i saw the teaser and read the plot its kind of a dumb concept but visually it looks awesome

Tom W on Mar 17, 2009


Yeah, secret society of assassins kill people, that they don't even know, by interpreting the signs on fabric - that's very smart concept, right?

1234 on Mar 17, 2009


Its like Herbie only badass.

Craig on Mar 17, 2009


I saw this, it is called The Fifth Element.

The Rambler on Mar 17, 2009


#4; I see what you did there. There's a flying car in a futuristic setting. There were flying cars in Fifth Element. How very astute to connect the two, despite a complete lack of other similarities. Join me now as we all band together and boycott this obvious reboot.

Notevenremotelysarcastic on Mar 18, 2009


The word "Badass" is thrown around a little to liberally around here....this movie seems curious at best. It could be badass, but all we have is concept art with a caption clearly written by a non-English speaker (I hope). Please join me now as we all band together to reduce the usage of the word Badass, which lately has been flying around this website like a...uh...Russian car...

Google The Oct8pus on Mar 18, 2009


Also I might as well throw in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Flubber into the mix. Anyone else want to talk about flying cars. Oh Blade Runner...just remembered that one....Back to the Future...that one too...hmmmm

The Rambler on Mar 19, 2009

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