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Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes (2004)

Comic book fan happens upon a merchant who reveals Issue No.1 of "Surge of Power", introducing the wacky world of Big City where Gavin Lucas is out and proud about his comic reading ... See full summary »


Mike Donahue


Vincent J. Roth




Credited cast:
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself
Jason Allen Jason Allen ... Costume Party guest
Alison Arngrim ... Herself
Gene Barsamian Gene Barsamian ... Therapist
Joey Bourgeois Joey Bourgeois ... Young Man / That Guy
Trev Broudy Trev Broudy ... Friend #3
Russ Brown Russ Brown ... Investor
Harry Cassidy Harry Cassidy ... Dr. Cranky
Billy Castro Billy Castro ... Costume Party Guest
Colleen Crosby Colleen Crosby ... Costume Party guest
Shawn Crosby Shawn Crosby ... Costume Party Guest
Elizabeth da Costa Elizabeth da Costa ... Professor Beatrice
Erica Doering Erica Doering ... Guest #3
Erica Doerner Erica Doerner ... Police Officer Barbara
John Ferrell John Ferrell ... Bully #2


Comic book fan happens upon a merchant who reveals Issue No.1 of "Surge of Power", introducing the wacky world of Big City where Gavin Lucas is out and proud about his comic reading penchant and longing to be a superhero. This science-fiction spoof is complete with mad scientist, Professor Ronald Richards, his nemesis and former partner, Hector Harris who sabotages Ronald's secret experiment (how naughty!) and a classic "freak accident" that causes superpowers! Hate crimes and bank robberies and fear, Oh, my! Gavin enlists the reluctant Professor in zany crime fighting exploits, fashioning a "battle suit" and Gavin's "Surge of Power" identity, repeatedly rescuing the same Young Man and investigating a bizarre crime wave that indicates a new super-villain in Big City more powerful than Surge of Power! Even with input from science-fiction veterans Nichelle Nichols, Lou Ferrigno and Noel Neill, can Surge of Power thwart the evil plans of the mysterious Metal Master? Are capes in fashion?... Written by Victor Stone, Vincent J Roth

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Release Date:

14 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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2.35 : 1
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This is the first openly gay superhero to appear on the big screen! See more »


References Teen Titans (2003) See more »


Written by Laurie Robinson (ASCAP)
Performed by Laurie Robinson
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Cute gay superhero flick with lots of inside jokes

I picked this up as an online rental just because it was highly rated in the gay/lesbian section and I'm glad I did. "Surge of Power" is a cute low budget film with obvious but undeclared gay characters. I enjoyed the story and got many of the insider references placed there just for the gay comics nerds like me. While Vincent Roth's acting skills may not have been super great, his enthusiasm, personality, cute face and chiseled body went a long way in making up for his other deficiencies. Getting through the opening credits, you realize that this is a dream project for Roth and it shows in the script, costumes and other design touches attributed to him.

There were a number of guest appearances by actors associated with comic book and science fiction TV shows like the original Lois Lane (Noel Neill), the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno), and Star Trek's Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). These appearances and other things served to both legitimize as well as poke fun at the movie. Another guest was actor Trev Broudy who was severely beaten in a hate crime in 2002 in his first acting appearance following his recovery.

While the movie may have been a low-budget vanity project, the superhero special effects seemed appropriate most of the time.

I found the movie entertaining as light-hearted fare in the superhero genre. I didn't have high expectations for the movie and was pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of the film. If you are a gay comics fanboy, I do recommend this a fun rental.

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