Jaimie Trueblood
Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 13, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

STARRING Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz
WRITTEN BY Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
DIRECTED BY Michel Gondry

The year’s first big franchise flick features Seth Rogen as Britt Reid, a fun-loving playboy who devotes his life to crime-fighting after his media mogul father dies. By his side is Kato (Jay Chou), a martial arts expert who doubles as a valet. Don’t expect the film to be a pure comedy, even though its screenplay was penned by the minds behind Superbad and Pineapple Express: ”It’s not a spoof. We take the genre seriously,” quirky director Michel Gondry tells EW. ”We are not just superslick like some other superhero movies. We have our own style.”

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