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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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.

TheOct8pus on Jan 5, 2016


Night Watch is such a good movie. One of my favourites.

Carpola on Jan 5, 2016


Crazy duo of movies....I thought there was going to be 3rd one (Dusk watch or something like that)... remember this impossible driving from Day Watch?

TheOct8pus on Jan 5, 2016


I agree. Loved Night Watch. Still haven't gotten around to watching Day Watch. Must do that soon.

David Diaz on Jan 5, 2016


Pretty intense one. And l like it much more than Day Watch ...

shiboleth on Jan 5, 2016


Ra One trailer:

TheOct8pus on Jan 5, 2016



ari smulders on Jan 5, 2016


Looks like it has the potential to be a great C-List movie!!

DAVIDPD on Jan 5, 2016


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 ...

shiboleth on Jan 5, 2016


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.

DAVIDPD on Jan 5, 2016


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.

shiboleth on Jan 6, 2016


"What's impossible about that?" - Toretto

bumboclot on Jan 5, 2016


No woman can drive like that! ....unless that was a failed attempt at parallel parking

TheOct8pus on Jan 5, 2016


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.

bumboclot on Jan 5, 2016


and don't forget the raping because bears do rape.

Matthew on Jan 5, 2016


Bearman from Russia, Oh, the irony.

Dhiram on Jan 5, 2016


looks like one of those fancy and futuristic chewing gum commercials.

superultraboy on Jan 5, 2016


Actually it's similar to what Marvel did already, years ago - in terms of creating Soviet Super heroes: Ursa Major became a humanoid Bear, Darkstar (the blonde) used Dark Matter energy, Vanguard (with the hammer and sickle) had the power to repel, deflect and redirect matter and energy, etc... and a non russian hero from Image Comics originally: Warblade was able to produce various blades from any part of his body I just said that for the people claiming Americans can't come up with unique stuff...It's not Americans, it's Hollywood that is unoriginal. They regurgitate that which already works, until it doesn't anymore.

Mikeal on Jan 5, 2016


Not sure why that was a 'must watch'. Not much to it.

Jonathan on Jan 5, 2016


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.

Carpola on Jan 6, 2016


Sorry to be so base but the witch from the trailer looks stacked.

Payne by name on Jan 6, 2016


oh... nice. I quite liked Robot, which is a decent movie if you fast forward all the dance numbers.

Dan Hibiki on Jan 6, 2016


Haha!! Yeah. That's the one thing you need to get used to with Bollywood...all the singing and dancing.

TheOct8pus on Jan 6, 2016


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.

Dan Hibiki on Jan 6, 2016


Cool. I haven't read them. Are they in English? I can probably answer my own question....

TheOct8pus on Jan 6, 2016


Are you sure this isn't a videogame trailer?

Brandon Moss on Jan 11, 2016


This looks awesome and i cant wait to see it.

Kenneth Lewis on Apr 2, 2016


There's also a trailer where the gut with the curved swords is fighting several carloads of thugs with guns.

Da_Bearon on Apr 3, 2016


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.

Tricia Kroll on Apr 19, 2017

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