U.S. Superheroes? Pah! Here Come The Russian Guardians!

U.S. Superheroes? Pah! Here Come The Russian Guardians!

With American superhero films dominating worldwide cinema, other countries are now producing their own.

A new trailer has appeared online for a Russian superhero film entitled, Защитники (Guardians). With Marvel and DC-based American superhero films proving to be incredibly successful, other countries are trying their own homegrown productions.

The film’s plot follows four Russian heroes who had their DNA altered and augmented. This change gave them great powers which they can use to defend their homeland against any supernatural threats.

The four-person team consists of Arsus, a werebear. He has the power to transform partially or wholly into a full bear. Khan, a man who possesses incredible speed and is the master of the blade. Ler has amazing earth manipulation abilities. Finally, Xenia who can not only control water but can transform her body into the element as well.

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Filmed in 2015 and with the first trailer released last year, which you can see below, Guardians is set for release in early 2017 in Russia.

Title: Защитники (Unofficial English titles – Guardians and The Defenders)

Release | RUS: 23 Feb ’17 | World: IMDb

First teaser trailer from 2015.

Second teaser trailer released in 2016.


Set during the Cold War, a secret organization named “Patriot” gathered a group of Soviet superheroes, altering and augmenting the DNA of four individuals, in order to defend the homeland from supernatural threats.

The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union, which each one of them have long been hiding their true identity. In hard times, they settled down to business and gather to defend their homeland.









John Abbitt

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@UKFilmNerd | John loves the movies and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990's. Whilst the web page idea became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. Now he's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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