It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s ‘Fusion Man‘!
‘The Incredible Adventures of Fusion Man’ is a 2009 campy comedy inspired by superhero films and is directed by Xavier Gens and Marius Vale. It stars Raphael Personnaz as the legendary Fusion Man and Patrick Ligardes as the superhero’s archnemesis Waco.
Curious to know more about this French short film? Read on. Fair warning though, spoilers are aplenty!
TRIGGER WARNING: This movie deals a little bit with the topic of suicide.
‘The Incredible Adventures of Fusion Man’ starts with Marc (played by Frederic Chau) who is busy preparing for what seems like a romantic dinner for someone special. He has prepared candles and is busy scattering rose petals all over the place as he hums a tune under his breath. Suddenly, a strong gust of wind blasts through the room, blowing some of the candles off.
Marc calls the intruder Daniel Jean-Val, and chides him for not coming through the door instead like everyone else. It is revealed that Daniel is actually the masked hero, Fusion Man. Fusion Man complains that it would take six floors on the elevator and when one can fly, that just seems redundant. Fusion Man notices the scowl on Marc’s face and immediately asks him what the problem seems to be. Marc opens up and tells him that it has been so long since they last spent an evening together and then the hero just flew in and ruined everything he prepared for. Fusion Man tries to pacify his angry lover and says that the law is entirely in his hands, wink wink. They lean in for a kiss, but before their lips can touch, the television switches on and alerts them of a crisis, complete with an F on a spotlight on the clouds a la Batman.
Fusion Man apologizes to Marc and quickly prepares to leave. Marc says that he understands, but he has to tell him something. It can’t go on like this, he tells him. Fusion Man regretfully tells him that it can wait for later because “with great power comes great responsibility.” And just like that, he is off flying from Marc’s place and dashing across the city to the supposed crisis.
The scene of the emergency shows a swarm of people and the press as they stand below a man who is on the verge of jumping from the ledge of a building. Back in the apartment, Marc watches the news as Anne Darren (played by Melanie Bernier), a journalist, reports on the young man who is attempting to commit suicide.