Hey gang, Valkor here. 2013 is looking turning into the year of Steel, and I'm not only talking about the 3rd outing of Robert Downey Jr's character, I'm talking about the last son of Krypton making his theatrical return in a Christopher Nolan produced, Zack Snyder directed film – Man of Steel. From what I've seen so far, it looks to be the film the fans have been clamoring for. But it's still a few short months away before we can feast our eyes, on what I hope, is something truly spectacular. So until that time, the folks at DC and Warner Home Entertainment are giving us an animated treat to tide us over – Superman: Unbound. Yea… this'll work.
In Superman: Unbound, a strange spaceship arrives on earth and when Superman (Matt Bomer) shows up to investigate, the ship suddenly turns into a robot and attacks him. Learning that the robot contains a tracking device, he puts it down with the quickness and takes him back to the Fortress of Solitude. Enter Supergirl/Kara (Molly C. Quinn), who is dealing with adjusting to life on earth and her new powers. She recognizes the robot as a scout belonging to Braniac (John Noble), an evil cyborg whose sole purpose is to seek out planets with intelligent life, extract their knowledge, and finally destroy the planet. She tells Kal-El the story of when Braniac attacked Krypton and how the city of Kandor suddenly vanished, just before Krypton blew up. Since Supes took out the tracking device, he decides to use the robot's system to track Braniac, making a pre-emptive strike to take down the robot before he ever reaches earth. When Superman locates Braniac's ship he not only discovers who Braniac is, but also discovers the fate of Kandor. And it quickly becomes a fight to save both worlds – the one he calls home and a piece of his lost planet.
There're a couple of side stories involved along side the main plot; first there's the tensions of Lois (Stana Katic) and Clark's relationship, how Lois wants everyone to know they're dating yet Clark is adamant that by doing so would put her in danger… more so than she already gets into. Finally, we delve further into Kara's mindset, again how she is dealing with life on earth, but also her emotional reaction to a threat that she thought she'd never have to face again.
Superman: Unbound is based off of comic book arc "Superman: Braniac"; So far DC is rockin it with these adaptations, so how does the 16th film in the DC animated line up fares?
Superman: Unbound delivers the goods, giving fans everything that a Superman film should have – loads of knockdown, drag out action that doesn't pull any punches wrapped around an impressive tale. The story is handled well, juggling three different plotlines with no crazy twists and paced just right making this 75 minute film easy to sit through. I loved the animation, which has an anime inspired look without going over the top (no action lines here); we get a nice level of detail and fluid animation, plus the design on Supes is pretty impressive: strong build and narrow face with that sharp chin, it's different than what I'm used to but it works. Finally the voice cast – spot on and I think everyone does an amazing job. But the stars for me are Stana Katic and Matt Bomer as Lois and Clark/Superman respectively; the two have great chemistry together plus they really capture the spirit of their characters - He's tough yet gentle and she's scrappy yet fair. I can dig it! In the end Superman: Unbound is a hit and one that should not be missed!
Character Steve Lombard (Diedrich Bader, Batman Brave and the Bold), implies Clark might be gay. I thought it was pretty funny, yet… kinda smart. What a way to distract people from your real super identity.
Superman: Unbound gets a DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital release on May 7th and it's the perfect hold-me-over until the live-action incarnation makes its theatrical appearance. Loads of action, a great story, and the perfect enemy all combine to form one amazing and entertaining film. And out of TOV 5 stars, Superman: Unbound gets a 4.5.