Thanks to the ingenuity of M. Night Shyamalan, audiences can look out for a new, psychological thriller that will have everyone at the edge of their seats. The trailer for “Glass” made its debut at Comic Con and the movie is expected to premiere on Jan. 18, 2019.
“Glass” is intended to be a sequel to “Unbreakable” and “Split.” “Unbreakable” was released in 2000 and features Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, as well as Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a security guard with supernatural powers.
The superhero thriller was followed by “Split,” which premiered in 2017 with James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 24 different personalities, who used this disorder to abduct women.
“Glass” will combine the characters and storyline from the other movies into one masterpiece. Casey Cooke, one of the teenagers who was abducted by Crumb, will also make an appearance.
So how do all of these movies really tie together? Spoilers ahead!
After security guard David Dunn survives a train crash that kills the other passengers, Elijah Price summons Dunn to his comic shop with the belief that he has an extraordinary power. With the help of Price, Dunn discovers he has the ability to perceive criminals within society. Dunn later uses this power to incarcerate Price for murder and terrorism.
“Split” ends with a scene at a diner where customers are watching the news report about Crumb’s personalities and the hostage situation. One customer finds similarities between Crumb and Mr. Glass. When she cannot remember the name of the villain in the wheelchair, Dunn, who is sitting in a booth, reminds the woman that his name is indeed, Mr. Glass.
The superhuman powers of the characters will clash when they are held in a mental institution under the supervision of Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), a psychologist who examines people who believe they have superpowers. Mr. Glass, David Dunn and Crumb will all be patients of Staple.
Shyamalan has deftly combined the genre of thriller/horror and superheroes. Although these titles are not directly associated with superhero movies like “Batman” or “Wonder Woman,” they still fall into this category because the subjects believe they have superhuman powers.
We have Mr. Glass as a villain, Dunn as a hero and Crumb as both a hero and villain depending on his personality. This forms the basis of Staple’s study throughout the movie who believes her patients are suffering from delusions.
In the trailer, Dr. Staple says, “The three of you have convinced yourselves you have extraordinary gifts like something out of a comic.”
Viewers have already begun to dissect the trailer for clues as to where Shyamalan could take this trilogy and its characters. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the scene of the three men sitting with Staple points to Shyamalan’s often meaningful use of visuals in his movies.
“Given that Shyamalan is known for his aesthetics and telegraphing his themes through visuals, it’s worth noting that Crumb is places between Price and Dunn,” the article says. “Not only highlighting “Split’s” placement within the trilogy, but also Crumb’s psychological predicament of being caught between heroism and villainy as a result of his multiple personalities.”
If you haven’t seen the other two movies in this trilogy yet, you better start watching them so you can be caught up for the release date of “Glass.”