As of a couple weeks ago, I had not even heard of Defendor. I discovered it as a preview on some other film, maybe Zombieland? I was not a fan of Zombieland, it was too Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) for me – big lights, flashy on-screen text and no characters that were in anyway likable – so, I was hesitant to watch another Woody Harrelson film when Zombieland had been such a disappointment to me. But wow, I was glad that I watched Defendor.
Defendor started with character and simple concept that grew into something much bigger – as opposed to other films like Zombieland, Scott Pilgrim and even many of the exponentially growing numbers of super-hero films which started with big ideas and scenes built around flashy potential. Defendor was by no means a perfect film; it had heart, it was well-crafted and had good acting but it had a significant failure in that the main female character had “hooker with a heart of gold” syndrome – even if she was not an outright prostitute.
In the end, Defendor reminded me of so many indie comics I’ve read. It inspired me to write something about supporting these kinds of films as a way of supporting the ethics of well-done indie comics. My simple idea is that if we support these films, maybe one day, they’ll end up with enough financial support to not only start with good characters in a film but also have the glitter that we all enjoy in big budget movies.
Written and Directed by Peter Stebbings