This is a short fan trailer titled Lazy Teenage Superheroes. It was made entirely by Michael Ashton, for $300. The acting’s not going to blow you away — although I’d stack these kids up against Ali Larter any day — but this fan-made, $300 fan trailer made by one person has possibly more and definitely better superhero special effects than the entire last season of Heroes. I’m dead serious. This kid just kicked the ass of a primetime, major network TV series — a terrible TV series, but a major network show airing in primetime nonetheless. If any of you TR readers are network executives, his site is here.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.