Gundala: Explore Indonesia’s First Superhero Film!

From writer/director Joko Anwar comes an adaptation of Indonesia’s preeminent comic book superhero and his alter ego Sancaka. Well Go USA has released an official US trailer for the Indonesian superhero action movie Gundala.

Gundala follows the story of Sancaka, an orphan who lost his father during a riot, intertwined with Pengkor, an orphan who (also) lost his father during a riot. One got struck by lightning, the other got burned by fire. Starring Abimana Aryasatya as the heroic Gundala, and Bront Palarae as Pengkor, with Tara Basro, Ario Bayu, and Lukman Sardi. This is a badass superhero movie that fits perfectly into the midnight madness crowd that appeases both genre fanatics and arthouse lovers alike.

Check out both the US and International trailer for Gundala below:

Joko Anwar is the director of many films including Joni’s Promise, Dead Time, The Forbidden Door, Ritual, A Copy of My Mind, and Satan’s Slaves previously. He is Indonesia’s most prominent, contemporary director of modern genre films. Seriously, check out his Satan’s Slaves remake which strikes equal parts horror, fun, and esoteric heights. It’s a blast.

Gundala was created by Harya Suraminata in 1969.


A total of 23 issues of the Gundala series were published between 1969 – 1982. But this isn’t the first time the character made it to the big screen. Gundala Putra Petri was directed by Lilik Sudjio in 1981. The setting was changed from the comics but remained faithful to Hasmi’s original comic on all other fronts.

Then in 2010, photographer and graphic designer Iskandar Salim created promotional material for an unmade Gundala film. Salim created official social media pages and a website, showcasing photos of what was allegedly the movie being made. The hoax caught the intention of producers and the notion of bringing Gundala to screens yet again started back up.

Gundala‘s intellectual property owner, BumiLangit Studios began developing the film as early as 2014 and took years before Joko Anway signed up as the writer and director in 2018. He admitted that the stress of bringing the superhero to screens was most challenging in the scriptwriting process. Spending seven months on the project, reworking the story in order to attract younger audiences to a character that was 50 years old now.

Gundala had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section this past September where head programmer Peter Kupowsky described the film as:

“[A] film that explores the origins of Gundala, Indonesia’s preeminent superhero, epically unfolds on screen in writer-director Joko Anwar’s latest film. A giant-size cinematic universe of comic-book characters whose astonishing exploits and uncanny abilities have for the past 50 years rivaled even those of “Earth’s mightiest heroes,” is ushered in with a magnificent scope and exhilarating action. Preserving the core premise of Harya “Hasmi” Suraminta’s popular series Gundala Putra Petir, Anwar shrewdly reconceives the source material to more relevantly reflect the country’s current socio-political milieu and uniquely soaks the ascension of this storm-fuelled warrior in a dread-filled atmosphere that recalls the director’s frequent forays into horror.”

The final film is one that is meant to entertain and open the floodgates to a planned eight films, which will be made through 2025. The eighth of those films, Patriots, is planned as an Avengers-style crossover, bringing the “Bumilangit Cinematic Universe” to its conclusion. Bumilangit Studios has the rights to more than 1,100 Indonesian comics characters who are going to be used to build a vast interconnected universe. That’s a lot of characters to play within a sandbox.

Check out a pair of posters for the film as well, which really leans hard into the Hero poses of MCU and DC movies alike:

Well Go USA will release Anwar’s Gundala direct-to-VOD in the US starting July 28th this summer.

Source: Well Go USA

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