Before Superworld, There Were The Defenders Of Stan

An early web series superhero comedy deserves a fresh look...

Warner Bros. announced yesterday that the studio had picked up the rights to Gus Kriegman’s novel Superworld, actually an Audible Original recently released. Jason Bateman is already attached to direct, teaming with his Game Night screenwriter Mark Perez. In Superworld,  it’s 2038 and everyone on Earth has super powers except for one man: Ignatius Lohman. To make matters worse, his father leads the world’s greatest super team. Sounds like a premise ripe for a fun movie, right? And it’s no slight on the work — just downloaded the Audible book myself to check it out.

But 14 years ago a web series covered similar ground, and I want to give it a little love: The Defenders of Stan. The team that made it have all long since gone their separate ways, and the URLs on their YouTube site are orphans. But the work of co-writer/star/director Austin Bragg (Stan) and his collaborators Hunter Christy (Captain Ultra) and Meredith Bragg, should not go forgotten.

In the series, over 90% of the world has superpowers, and Stan keeps waiting for his to kick in. The desperation grows worse as his brother, Captain Ultra, is both the world’s greatest superhero and a jerk. Watch it and let me know if you think it stands up to the test of time.

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.