Based on the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac by Geoff Johns, Superman finds himself pitted against Brainiac with the fate of Earth as well as the Kryptonian capital of Kandor hanging in the balance.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a huge fan of the Man Of Steel. He’s a bit boring and pretty straightforward, he’s bullet proof and he punches hard. Though I don’t get around to reading him a lot in the comics, I do enjoy a good Superman animated feature, and there have been some pretty good ones to boot. The last one I saw was Superman vs. The Elites, and I have to say, it left a sour taste in my mouth. Luckily Unbound rights the ship and delivers an action packed story.
I guess story isn’t the right word; it’s actually pretty light on story as far as an elaborate plot goes. The story isn’t very complicated and plays quite simply. The action is the centerpiece of this movie. We gets ton of action, some great dialogue to go with it, and some slick animation. For me, this is the base root of what an animated adventure must deliver. Sure I enjoy a tricky plot, but you must at least get the action, animation, and dialogue right if you want a passing grade. Superman Unbound delivers everything you want out of a Superman animated movie.
For me though, the real treat was in the casting of John Noble as Brainiac. I absolutely adore the man as Walter Bishop and am craving to see him be the next Sith Lord in Star Wars Episode 7, and if anything, Unbound should serve as a great audition for Episode 7. His cold as steel delivery would be perfect for a Sith Lord. I cannot say this enough, even if the material isn’t great, John Noble can do no wrong.
So if you are looking for a good way to unwind and enjoy some cool beat ‘em up moments I highly suggest picking up Superman Unbound. Not only is the action and animation great, the treat of John Noble as Brainiac (one of my favorite villains) is worth the price of admission alone. Also included in the special features is a look at the making of the next DC Animated Universe production Flashpoint Paradox, an adaptation of the Flashpoint comic.
3.5 out of 5 nerds
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