Over a decade in the making, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel is the long gestating follow-up to 2004’s Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes, which made headlines as the world’s first openly gay superhero adventure. The sequel is the passion project of writer/producer and lead actor Vincent J. Roth, and like the first entry in this unlikely franchise, is a tongue in cheek spoof of superhero culture, with multiple nods to some of the most beloved touchstones of nerd culture over the past half century.
Metal Master (John Venturrini), the nemesis of the Surge, attempts to fall away from a life of crime- but after his parents still refuse to accept his sexuality, he keeps to his super villain ways, and heads to Las Vegas on a plan to steal some powerful crystals for evil mastermind Augur (Eric Roberts). Hearing about this plan, The Surge (played, of course, by J. Roth) heads in his high powered surge-mobile over to the city of sin to thwart his evil plan in his tracks. There are numerous cameos from famous faces – from The Exorcist’s Linda Blair as Metal Master’s homophobic mother, to Nichelle Nichols (Uhura in the original sixties Star Trek series) as one of the most powerful superheroes in this galaxy.
The film happily pastiches comic book culture, taking a contemporary storyline about tolerance and presenting it in the same campy vein as the original 60’s Batman series with Adam West. If you enjoyed this film, you’ll be happy to know there are more Surge adventures to come – next time, in the unlikely form of a TV chatshow series!
“While it perhaps doesn’t make as much of its gay themes as it might – it doesn’t ignore them but for both Surge and Metal Master their sexuality is more a subplot than it might have been – it does undoubtedly exude a sense of pride over its character’s sexuality.”
— Big Gay Picture Show
“Watching the film is like strolling through the autograph galleries at Comic-Con, and I mean that literally: A post-credits sequence features an array of cameos that were shot at the mecca for pop culture geeks.”
— The Hollywood Reporter
“Despite its limitations, this is an ambitious effort with a huge cast all putting their strengths in support of a positive message. Can’t fault it for that. Not one bit.”
— That Moment
Did You Know?
Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel features 50 celebrity cameo’s including Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from Star Trek), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) and Linda Blair (Exorcist I & II). Each actor on “The Council” has played a MARVEL superhero in film and each actor on Omen’s team has played a DC COMICS superhero on television. Review our Gay Themed Films Here
All pictures reproduced courtesy of Vincent J. Roth