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Superman Unbound
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Jun 11, 2013 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
James Tucker

Actors:
Matt Bomer
Stana Katic
John Noble

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Superman (voiced by Matt Bomer) goes up against supervillian Brainiac, who's captured and miniaturized Krypton's central city of Kandor.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
SUPERMAN UNBOUND is another in a long line of DC Entertainment animated movies timed to coincide with the release of a budget busting, big-screen DC film. Obviously, Warner's is trying to capitalize on the resurgence of popularity Superman's about to experience once MAN OF STEEL hits theaters.

Unlike that movie, SUPERMAN UNBOUND is a much more traditional adventure, with the storyline having been adapted from the graphic novel, SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC. In the past, DC's made some interesting DTV animated films, especially the adult-oriented adaptations of some of the darker Batman graphic novels. Superman:Brainiac is fairly light in comparison, and it can't help but feel like this animated adventure is aimed squarely at the kiddies, even if by the time the opening credits come to a close we've already seen an alien's eye plucked out of it's socket (ewwwwwww).

One of the more interesting aspects of SUPERMAN UNBOUND is the voice cast. WHITE COLLAR's Matt Bomer might have made a good big-screen Superman himself (he certainly looks the part), and he has the right goody-two-shoes approach to the role which puts him sqaurely in line with guys like Dean Cain and Brandon Routh (although I assume Henry Cavill's interpretation will be much more exciting). Likewise, Stana Katic, from CASTLE would have been a fine choice to play Lois Lane, and her interpretation seems heavily modeled on Teri Hatcher's take on the role from LOIS & CLARK. Katic's CASTLE co-star Molly Quinn voices the teenaged Supergirl. FRINGE fans will also get a kick out John Noble's performance as Brainiac.

THE EXTRAS
SUPERMAN UNBOUND comes with a couple of really interesting bonus features. The best of the batch is Technology and Terror , which is a surprisingly solid look at the creation of Brainiac, and it's influences from post-WW2 America. The next is KANDOR: History of the Bottled City , which examines the various ways Kandor's been depicted in the comics. There's also four episodes of the SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES cartoon from the nineties (not as interesting as BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES), and a preview of the next DC animated movie, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
SUPERMAN UNBOUND is probably only really of interest if you're a hardcore SUPERMAN fan, or if you've got a kid who's going nuts waiting for MAN OF STEEL to open, and you want to try and keep them entertained until then. It's a light, seventy-five minute kids flick, nothing more, nothing less.
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6:05PM on 06/11/2013
I had a great time with it. This DC Animated Movies are good stuff. I didn't find this to be a kids flick at all.
I had a great time with it. This DC Animated Movies are good stuff. I didn't find this to be a kids flick at all.
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11:27AM on 06/11/2013
I enjoyed the hell out of this movie, and I certainly wouldn't call it a kid's flick - it's violent as hell with a fair amount of blood splatter and other carnage. Unless you mean like for 12 or 13 year olds, then it's probably okay depending on their maturity level, but I certainly wouldn't let my 6 year old nephew see this quite yet.
I enjoyed the hell out of this movie, and I certainly wouldn't call it a kid's flick - it's violent as hell with a fair amount of blood splatter and other carnage. Unless you mean like for 12 or 13 year olds, then it's probably okay depending on their maturity level, but I certainly wouldn't let my 6 year old nephew see this quite yet.
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3:45PM on 06/11/2013
*****SPOLIER ALERT******* The reunion scene was great - I somehow missed that in the comics (I haven't read this particular arc yet) and was only familiar with continuities where Kara's parents were dead, so that was a wonderful surprise.
*****SPOLIER ALERT******* The reunion scene was great - I somehow missed that in the comics (I haven't read this particular arc yet) and was only familiar with continuities where Kara's parents were dead, so that was a wonderful surprise.
11:37AM on 06/11/2013
I agree. It's not the most challenging DC animated flick ever, but it does deal with some interesting themes (I loved the moment where Kara was reunited with her parents) and there is a fair amount of violence and blood.
I agree. It's not the most challenging DC animated flick ever, but it does deal with some interesting themes (I loved the moment where Kara was reunited with her parents) and there is a fair amount of violence and blood.
1:31AM on 06/11/2013
I liked it. I thought it was a pretty good adaptation of the story and John Noble wouldn't have been my first choice to voice Brainiac, but he did a fine job at it. I really hope we get to see a live-action Brainiac in the sequel (or threequel) to Man of Steel. I also really liked Molly Quinn as Supergirl, she was able capture the right amount of "teenage-ness" for the character without being whiny. The climactic fight of the film (in a swamp) is a bit of a letdown though. Really looking
I liked it. I thought it was a pretty good adaptation of the story and John Noble wouldn't have been my first choice to voice Brainiac, but he did a fine job at it. I really hope we get to see a live-action Brainiac in the sequel (or threequel) to Man of Steel. I also really liked Molly Quinn as Supergirl, she was able capture the right amount of "teenage-ness" for the character without being whiny. The climactic fight of the film (in a swamp) is a bit of a letdown though. Really looking forward to The Flashpoint Paradox.
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