Comedy - Completed 2009

A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city’s criminal underworld. It’s a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero of his own making, Defendor.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Comedy
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • Director(s)
    • Peter STEBBINGS
    • Writer(s)
    • Peter STEBBINGS
    • EIDR 10.5240/6903-A73E-3F3B-381A-A8EE-2
    • Synopsis
    • Bruised and beaten, arm in a sling, neck in a brace, Arthur Poppington sits in front of court-appointed psychologist Ellen Chum. After making her swear to secrecy, Poppington, begins to tell the story of his secret life as “Defendor” – yes, that’s an “OR” – spelling is not one his super powers. By day, Poppington directs traffic around road construction sites, but at night he dons a pair of black tights, a black jersey with a crude “D” duct-taped to his chest, and trawls the streets as his alter ego. As Defendor, Poppington engages in what he believes is a super heroic fight against crime in an attempt to fulfill his unrealized dream of capturing his “arch rival” Captain Industry – a gun trafficking crime lord who Arthur mistakenly believes is responsible for the death of his mother.
      Defendor’s problems with the law begin with his intervention in a trick gone bad. When coming to the aid of Katerina Debrofkowitz, an underage prostitute, Defendor tangles with her pimp, Chuck Dooney - a crooked undercover cop. By doing so, Defendor bumbles his way into a criminal underworld, and the stage is set for a showdown with Captain Industry.
      At Dr. Chum’s recommendation, Poppington is placed into Paul Carter’s custody (his friend and Public Works foreman), and made to promise never to don his Defendor guise again. This spirals Poppington into depression. A depression made worse when he learns that Kat has been captured by Captain Industry’s henchmen and is being threatened with death should he talk to the authorities about what he knows. Defendor comes out of retirement swinging, with a wildly over-ambitious scheme to save Kat, bust up the gang, and end the reign of Captain Industry. Fuelled by blind courage and super hero fantasy Defendor charges recklessly into the final climatic melee where he is sadly gunned down. But through death, Poppington achieves some good. Captain Industry is convicted for Arthur’s murder. Chuck Dooney is appropriately punished and Kat gets a second chance at cleaner life.
      Defendor is the ultimate underdog story about the unlikeliest of super heroes. While he may be deficient in “super” powers, he has a surplus of heart and sometimes that’s all you need to make a difference.
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