Ryan Thomason

Superman: Unbound, Movie Review

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Mmmm. DC Animated movies, how I love thee.

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Director:James Tucker

Main Cast: Matt Bomer (Superman), John Noble (Brainiac), Stana Katic (Lois Lane) and Molly Quinn (Supergirl)

Synopsis: Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release “superman: Brainiac,” Superman: Unbound fins the Man of Steel apty handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth’s customs and managing Lois Lane’s expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a backseat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton – Brainiac – begins his descent upon Earth. Brainiac has crossed the universe, collecting cities from interesting planets – including Supergirl’s home city of Kandor- and now the all-knowing, ever-improving android has his sights fixed on Metropolis. Superman must summon all of his physical and intellectual resources to protect his city, the love of his life and his newly-arrived cousin.
Note: This Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers/DC Animation for review purposes

Release Date: May 7th, 2013

If you haven’t heard the saying that we have here at WPR when it comes to DC movies based on their comics. It’s that the Animated Studio ones always vastly surpass the Live-Action. Superman: Unbound continues that legacy. Now, I won’t be giving you any spoilers on this movie, it deserves more than that.

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Superman has a bit of a struggle going on in his life balancing his desire to protect Lois yet keep their relationship a secret while even donning the Clark Kent glasses. Add on top of that his cousin, Supergirl is still adjusting to having powers and what it means on Earth. She’s a bit more forward and reckless with her approach to protecting the innocent. The invasion events of Krypton are still fresh in her memories so she is still striving to find a role of keeping people safe and exerting maximum punishment on evil doers.

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In case you didn’t know, Kara Zor-El (Supergir)l is actually older than Kal-El (Superman). It just happens that his ship made it through the wormhole faster by some 30 years, while she’s just a fresh arrival. Yay, Time Paradox.

SupUnbB_15831Brainiac is a very interesting villain, in that I will admit that I knew minimally about him. Hey, I’m still learning how to swim in the world of comic books, give me a break. I’m swimming at least? That’s good, right? Brainic has been going around the galaxy blowing up planets and taking all of their science/knowledge/a whole city as a souvenir. According to him, he’s got at least 10,000 planets under his belt. I’m not sure what kind of rebate you get at that point or frequent flyer miles, but let’s just say he’s seriously well rounded educationally. And, packs a nice punch. John Noble does a great job of voicing a character that considers himself the center of the galaxy, a god without bounds absorbing all knowledge from the confines of his giant Skull Ship. Brainiac was both scary in a way with his unflinching absolution that he is a force that cannot be stopped and just his resilience to keep coming after Superman even when slightly deterred at times.

Oh, and maybe one spoiler. Lois Lane gives Brainiac the finger after a big speech he does. It was just as awesome as you’d think it would be. (The Rude Gesture in the PG-13 rating box)

Superman: Unbound is a just a damn fun movie. The animation is so well done that I don’t know if I can put justice to just how crisp, clear and so well drawn everything is. Just look at the pictures in this article, it’s visually appealing at all levels. The script by Bob Goodman is stellar, it drives a terrific story that kept me engaged from start to finish. Oh, and speaking of the finish, make sure you stay for the first half the of credits. I nearly missed it because I didn’t stop the movie and was writing down some notes. It’s pretty cool given how everything goes down during the movie. I can’t wait to have my kids watch this with me. Well my 5 year old at least, maybe. I’ll have to talk to my wife.

I can’t recommend this enough for those of you who enjoy DC Animated movies or are just plain fans of Superman. It is well worth the purchase price.

Blu-ray Combo Pack is $24.98 and DVD is $19.98, On Demand and for Digital Download. Blu-ray’s include Ultraviolet.

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