In a similar vein, Alter Egos is a superhero comedy. The film derives a good deal of mileage out of the central character (Kris Lemche) and his dilemma. This takes the perpetual romantic triangle of the Superman comic-book where Lois Lane desires Superman while his day-to-day alter ego as Clark Kent is perpetually pining after her only to be ignored one step further. Here Kris Lemches alter ego is a loser artist who decides to spice his sex life up by having an affair with his girlfriend (Christine Evangelista) in his superhero guise. This leads to a series of amusing complications when he decides to break up with her because she is being unfaithful to him with his alter ego, at the same time as he finds another girl (Brooke Nevin) who prefers his day-to-day alter ego but dislikes his superhero guise. The middle of the film holds some amusing comedic contortions as he is forced to slip back and forward between different guises for his date with Brooke Nevin at the same time as Christine Evangelista turns up at the motel.
On the other hand, Alter Egos is a film that is funnier in the way it reads on the script page than any of it ever translates into laughs on the screen. The film has been made as a typical indie film where it seems the concept of something being placed together to result in a gag on screen is held in anathema. Everything takes place in an oblique deadpan played in straight face by its cast that leaves you feeling this should have been funny, I should have laughed at that. The film conducts some energetic contortions of plot but none of it ever comes together in a way that produces anything more than a vague smile.
The film also suffers from a low-budget. This need not be a problem except perhaps when it comes to a superhero film. What it means is that we get a film that has been shot in a mundane way and is almost entirely lacking in superheroic exploits. There is the odd effect of powers in action such as when Kris Lemche uses his freezing blast or Joey Kern looks through walls but these are only cheaply produced digital effects. You get the impression that Jordan Galland and his crew obtained the use of a motel in The Hamiltons and that the film was conceived around the use of the location.
Jordan Galland had previously directed the zombie comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2009) and subsequently went on to make the comedy Avas Possessions (2015). Galland is better known as a musician and plays guitar/is lead singer for the band Dopo Yume, while he has also composed music for several other films and tv series.