Preceded Kick Ass.
You'll have to forgive me for my mistake though, as I had previously seen the trailer only, and it really does just look low budget version of Kick-Ass, or just some "new" rehash of a non-hilarious American Comedy. Turned out not to be the case at all. Given there's a moment or two of mild humour, in essence Defendor is a drama, despite its self-classification as comedy.
The film plays it small scale, and lacks the glitz and glamour of Kick-Ass or Super Hero Movie, but it's not a positive, upbeat film, in fact it's downright depressing, so it totally works. Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson - Natural Born Killers, A Scanner Darkly, No Counrty for Old Men, Seven Pounds, Zombieland, 2012) is a construction worker by day, and Super Hero Defendor by night. It's Harrelson himself as well as his interactions with others and their's with him that make the film what it is.
Defendor stars Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Thor) stars opposite Harrelson as a troubled and troublesome crackwhore (no seriously, she's a prostitute and crack addict). Elias Kosteas (Let me in, Shutter Island, The Killer Inside me, The Fourth Kind, The Haunting on Connecticut, Zodiac, Skinwalkers, House, Apt Pupil) fills out the majority of the antagonism as a bent cop. And finally Michael Kelly (Dawn of the Dead (2004), Changeling, Law Abiding Citizen, The Adjustment Bureau) plays Harrelson's caring and sympathetic boss. All of these guys are incredible on screen, and while they never quite manage to steal the limelight from Harrelson, they all compliment each other, as well as the film as a whole, perfectly.
Don't be fooled by Defendor's trailer, it is made of lies. Really this movie is a sad but great story about a mentally unstable man with a childlike sense of right and wrong, just trying to make the world he doesn't understand a better place.
Woody Harrelson plays the intentionally misspelt crime fighter, a simple man who dons his rudimentary costume to uncover police corruption and foil a kingpins plans for both gun smuggling and human trafficking.
The film opens with Harrelson explaining the origins of his alter-ego to a psychiatrist, as his story unfolds as he is in search to bring 'Captain Industry' to justice, while both assisted and exploited by a young, drug-addicted prostitute who saves him from one of his bungled missions.
Despite the plot, this film is not a superhero movie, it merely uses it as a metaphor for dual personality and schizophrenia, with Harrelson playing both a mentally retarded man with a haunting past by day and a justice-seeking vigilante by night who becomes a symbol of courage for his local community.
The film is perfectly balanced between comedy & drama, with some hilarious and bittersweet moments. Woody Harrelson delivers a great performance, and along with the films Zombieland & The Messenger (for which he received an Oscar nomination), 2009 seemed to be a very good year for the actor.