Exclusive Photos from Next Year's Super-Teen Epic 'Max Steel'
Move over, Spider-Man: you’re no longer the only teenage superhero in town. Allow us to introduce Max Steel, the action figure-turned-animated series hero who’ll transition to the big screen in 2015 (following a stop at this month’s San Diego Comic-Con).
”It’s very much designed to be grounded within the teen experience,” explains director Stewart Hendler, who says that the film has a Friday Night Lights-meets-Marvel vibe. Besides, he continues, “I’m a sucker for coming-of-age stories that [relate] how difficult it is to be a teenager.”
Hendler (Sorority Row) talked us through this set of exclusive photos from the upcoming action flick.
POWERING UP: Max Steel is a superhero-origin story about a 16-year-old named Max McGrath (played by Ben Winchell, seen here in the climactic “power chamber” scene) whose body inexplicably starts to generate massive energy bursts that he can’t control. After he meets Steel, a techno-organic extraterrestrial, the duo forms a symbiotic relationship that harnesses their combined energies. “Neither of them can live without the other, and they drive each other crazy,” Hendler explains. “But when they work together, they can actually be something cool.”
PARENTAL GUIDANCE: In the film, Max and his mother (Maria Bello) have just moved back to a small town called Copper Canyon, the same municipality where Max’s scientist father died mysteriously shortly after he was born. Taking on a mentoring role is Dr. Miles Edwards (Andy Garcia), who Hendler describes as “one of the keys for Max to unlock and figure out what the heck is up with his powers and what happened to his dad.”