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Max Landis is a screenwriter, director and son of director Creator/JohnLandis. His best known works are the films ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', ''Film/VictorFrankenstein'' and ''Film/AmericanUltra''.

He has also made a bunch of short films and videos including the well known "educational parody film" ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PlwDbSYicM The Death and Return of Superman]]'' in which he recounts Franchise/{{Superman}}'s [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman infamous death and return]] with the help of Creator/ElijahWood, Music/MandyMoore, Creator/SimonPegg, Creator/JennetteMcCurdy, Creator/RonHoward, Creator/LizGillies and several others.

[[http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/bbc-america-douglas-adams-dirk-gentlys-holistic-detective-agency-1201674933/ He is currently working on a TV adaptation]] of the Creator/DouglasAdams ''Literature/DirkGently'' series.

Landis has attracted controversy for his constant social media presence and strong, often contrarian opinions. He possesses a [[AgentPeacock frequently]] [[RummageSaleReject bizarre]] [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim fashion sense]], ability to [[https://youtu.be/7sVfEFlonTk spontaneously]] [[https://youtu.be/ygWvAqvTrVI?t=1m38s generate]] [[https://youtu.be/ev7BrvTsslU film]] [[https://youtu.be/E9nL22iKUFs pitches]], and often [[FanBoy near-encyclopedic knowledge of comics and film]]. These combined have made him one of the most notable mid-tier writers in Hollywood, as well as one of the most divisive.

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!!Tropes applying to Landis' works:

* AffectionateParody: His ''[[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman The Death and Return of Superman]]'' and ''Wrestling Isn't Wrestling'' somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody films.
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: Had half a dozen different projects in production in the years after ''Chronicle''.
* BigNameFan:
** Of the WebVideo/ScreenJunkies' movie debate show, ''WebVideo/MovieFights''. He was actually featured as one of the gladiators in Episode 47.
** He's also a fan of WebVideo/RedLetterMedia. They interviewed him after they reviewed ''American Ultra'', and he appeared on an episode of WebVideo/BestOfTheWorst.
* CrossCastRole:
** ''The Death and Return of Superman'' features Whitney Moore, Jennifer Newman, and Jezlan Moyet as Batman, Robin, and Nightwing, respectively.
** ''Wrestling Isn't Wrestling'' retells the first 20 years of Wrestling/TripleH's Wrestling/{{WWE}} career with a predominantly-female cast, headed by Chloe Dykstra as Triple H. Male wrestlers like Triple H, Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker are played by women, and the only featured female wrestler, Chyna, is played by a man (Sam Witwer). All other parts are played by their sex.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Fox told him to rewrite his script for ''Chronicle 2'' as [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/10/10/why-fox-dont-like-the-script-for-chronicle-2/ it wasn't enough of a retread of the first movie]].
* OneOfUs:
** Has been a reader of comics for years, and produced the ''[[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman The Death and Return of Superman]]'' [[AffectionateParody somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody film]]. He is also at the very least aware of Wiki/TVTropes, as can be seen by his comment [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?src_vid=xwtdMzQtG9s&annotation_id=annotation_945638&feature=iv&v=cH2jsabYulI here]]. He's also written the Spider-Man fanfic Fanfic/TheShockerLegit.
** [[https://twitter.com/Uptomyknees/status/397576150764904448 He also knows this page exists.]]
** His love of wrestling really shows in some podcasts and videos he made about the subject, such as ''Wrestling Isn't Wrestling''.
** He's also a fan of Wiki/SCPFoundation, and actually [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2137 wrote an SCP]].
* PromotedFanboy: He's writing the critically-acclaimed DC Comics miniseries ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}: American Alien''.