Misleading trailer then. With the comic book BAM's and POW's and the fact that Scott Pilgrim gets thrown half way across a theme park by one of the "boyfriends", they all just seem to be super strong. It appears I have been proven wrong, but having no prior knowledge of Scott Pilgrim, and this trailer being the first thing I have seen of it, you may understand why I thought it had super-heroes in it.
No need to appologize, tbone. I can understand why you would think it was about super-heroes if you didn't have any prior knowledge. But the trailer isn't misleading. It's not really about characters having powers. Just image if you lived in a regular world...but you were able to do dragon punches and fireballs.
I quite agree, though I don't think that last part quite does the concept justice.
The onscreen onomatopoeias are just a clever way of making the violence more cartoonish and visually dynamic. In truth, the fight scenes aren't really comic book parodies so much as they're video game parodies. That "K.O.!" clip from the trailer used moves and sound effects from Street Fighter and it was lifted verbatim from Vol. 1. Ditto for the "Scott VS. Todd" shot in the trailer, which appeared in Vol. 3 and is more of a riff on Mortal Kombat. There's also the split-second shot near the trailer's end of a fallen enemy bursting into a cloud of coins, which is something quite frequent in most video games.
If you think it's ridiculous that this early-twenties Canadian slacker can do a 64-hit air juggle, I would submit that it's no more ridiculous than a teenaged girl who's physically capable of any special move in Chun-Li's repertoire, an obese plumber who can jump twenty feet, a guy with chronic depression who can wield a sword eight feet long or a character who can store any number of weapons, all of which he instantly knows how to use.
I personally thought that the story's "video game parody" aspect came through loud and clear, though I can see how it might have been misinterpreted.