Rent Superman: Unbound (2013)

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Synopsis:
An unstoppable android on the horizon. A mysterious fireball hurtling toward Earth. A fearless - and beautiful - reporter who'll stop at nothing to get her story. It's just another day for the heroic Man of Steel...only this time, for better or for worse, he has his unpredictable cousin, Supergirl, by his side. The gritty adventure begins as Superman learns about the ruthless force known as Brainiac, who has seized and miniaturized Krypton's capital city of Kandor.
Determined to liberate the captured metropolis and protect his home planet from Brainiac's increasing power, Superman takes on his most menacing enemy yet in this DC Universe animated original movie based on the gripping comic book miniseries.
Directors:
Voiced By:
Matt Bomer, Stana Katic, John Noble, Molly C. Quinn, Diedrich Bader, Jason Beghe, Frances Conroy, Ian James Corlett, Melissa Disney, Alexander Gould, Sirena Irwin, Will Yun Lee, Andrea Romano, Stephen Root, Wade Williams, Michael-Leon Wooley
Creators:
Tom Grummet, Jerry Ordway, Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel
Writers:
Bob Goodman, Geoff Johns
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Anime & Animation, Children & Family
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/06/2013
Run Time:
72 minutes
Languages:
Catalan, English, French, Hungarian, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Hungarian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Preview of DC Universe's Next Animated Movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/06/2013
Run Time:
75 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Brainiac: Technology and Terror
  • Preview of DC Universe's Next Animated Movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  • From the DC Comics Vault: 4 Bonus Cartoons
  • A Digital Comic Excerpt from the Graphic Novel "Superman: Braniac"
  • Kandor: History of the Bottle City
  • Superman: Unbound Audio Commentary
  • Trailer

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Superman: Unbound review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Based on Geoff Johns’s Superman comic run of Brainiac, Superman: Unbound finds the Man of Steel tackling his toughest of inorganic foes. Brainiac was reimagined as a deadlier villain in his quest for all knowledge, capable of shrinking cities for his own collection. While his revision does make him a more unique villain on the surface, his analytical personality makes this story feel more like a reiteration of brain versus brawn, despite an extra bit of brawn thrown on Brainiac’s side.

Brainiac does appear more terrifying in this tale considering how much more personally he affects Superman. He reveals early on that he has captured the Kryptonian city of Kandor, giving a goal for both Superman and Supergirl to work towards without just mindlessly smashing up all of Brainiac’s cybernetic horrors. He also has an army of murderous robots that decimate Metropolis in rather bloody ways. Superman has to get more crafty in handling such a threat to both his culture and all of Metropolis.

There’s an odd sensation of how much Superman stories seem to repeat themselves given when this film came out in 2013. At that time, we’d already had a New 52 run of Superman that duplicated much of the same story involving Brainiac and the shrinking of cities. Man of Steel also debuted in theaters and featured a scene where Zod is weakened by not being used to the sounds of Earth. In Unbound, Brainiac has a similar moment, being forced out of his robotic cocoon and forced to handle all the noise. There’s so much overlap that becomes an uncomfortable reminder of how Superman seems to repeat itself, perhaps more by Johns’s run being torn from so much.

There’s at least a new voice cast present. Matt Bomer does a decent job as Superman by being both shaken about Brainiac’s discoveries and filled with fury in trying to stop him. Stana Katic gives a natural performance as a Lois Lane seeking to take her relationship with Clark Kent to the next level. John Noble delivers a dryly sinister approach required to make Brainiac a force to reckon with. And Molly Quinn gives off the right level of innocence and determination as Supergirl.

Superman: Unbound is far from the worst of Superman animated films. The cast is strong, the animation unique enough, and the action is exciting. But considering it’s based on an average run of the Man of Steel and doesn’t do too much to diverge from the source material, it feels far more like a standard Superman story than it should.

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