Superman: Unbound (2013) – A Review


A review of the 2013 DC Comics animated movie Superman: Unbound

Superman Unbound animated movie

The latest entry in DC animated film division is an adaptation of 2008 comic ‘Superman: Brainiac’ by Geoff Johns.

A not-so-ordinary meteor lands on Earth. Inside is a robot drone that Superman quickly destroys. Superman’s cousin Kara clues Supes in that it belongs to Brainiac, a cyborg who destroys planets, takes all their knowledge and keeps a little miniaturized piece for his endless collection of cultures he’s eliminated. Supergirl knows full well what a threat Brainiac is, since her home planet of Kandor was a victim to his ongoing evil practices.

So Supes decides to go out to space and bring the fight to hm before he can even get to Earth. He discovers that Brainiac is one tough foe and won’t be so easy to defeat. He also finds a piece of Kandor that contains Kara’s parents still prisoners inside Brainiac’s museum of extinct civilizations. Can Superman stop Brainiac and save the Earth?

Superman: Unbound is a very entertaining Superman adventure. It’s an interesting story and the execution of it here effectively delivers on giving us all the action and drama that should be mined from it. Brainiac is no slouch here and he’s quite an imposing villain. He really gives the Man of Steel a run for his money and almost seems like he’s unstoppable.

Supes is not just battling this computerized villain, but also he has his hands full with the women in his life. Kara may have the same powers as Superman, but she’s traumatized with fear of Brainiac. She has to come to grips of standing up for herself and Supes in return has to learn to trust her more.

Superman Unbound Lois Lane 2013Clark Kent’s relationship with Lois Lane is also hitting a crisis point. She no longer wants to keep her and Clark’s relationship a secret. The heck with what their co-workers at the Daily Planet think.

However, Clark is reluctant since his off-hours flying around, battling bad guys could put her in jeopardy if anyone found out his true identity. It’s the old excuse of keeping her safe, but perhaps she should have a say in that too?

DC animated movies seem to change up the styles of the animation from film to film lately. I suppose it’s a different artistic approach from story to story and whatever they feel would be the best way to present it. I always find it jarring at first, but after awhile get used to it. I was really impressed with how Lois looked. It’s the most attractive Lois I’ve seen in awhile in the animation world.

The voicework by the actors are all well cast, especially the women. Kara’s story is almost equal to the whole Brainiac coming to attack Earth one. It’s another entertaining DC animated movie. It’s funny how DC has had so much trouble getting the ball rolling in the live-action film department and the animation movies consistently have a level of quality that rarely leaves me disappointed.


2 thoughts on “Superman: Unbound (2013) – A Review

  1. The problem with this movie is not a very good DC story, stupidity, lack of plot, unoriginality…the worst thing about the movie is the lack of emotion.

  2. I haven't seen this DC animated movie, but I did see the Wonder Woman movie, and then promptly forgot about it. Why has it been so hard for Diana Prince to hit the mainstream like her two contemporaries have been doing for decades? Wonder Woman is as much a part of the Big Three as either Batman or Superman, so why does she always rank third place in the hearts of most fans? Why hasn't there been a bigger uproar over her not receiving her due? I was happy to hear that she was finally getting her own movie, but then disappointed that it was an animated, direct-to-DVD version that wouldn't really bring new fans in and give her the big screen debut she deserves. Yes, the idea of her fighting Ares, God of War, for her first big-screen outing was a good one. Ares more than matches Wonder Woman's power and as both are gods, the fight is pretty evenly matched, if not overly in Areas's favor due to his soldiers of war. It's how they depict Diana in this version, along with Steve Trevor that turned me off. He tries to get her drunk so he can nail her? She flexes her powers in plain sight, lifting up a desk with one hand so Etta Candy, a major character in the comics, now a minor character in this movie, can retrieve a pen that rolled under the desk? Then she berates Etta for using her womanly wiles to try and land Steve Trevor, leaving an awkward silence for the characters as well as the audience? No way!

    Wonder Woman, at least initially, should be portrayed as the innocent, fish out of water that she is, and not just played as ignorant with no trace of innocence or wonder at this new world she's encountering for the first time. That was half the fun of watching Lynda Carter play this part in the 1970s. She was a new actress to Hollywood, just as Wonder Woman was a new resident of the U.S., and her innocence in playing the part worked perfectly with Diana's innocence of being in Man's World for the first time. Even her walking the streets of D.C., circa 1940s with everyone gasping at her outfit, was a comical scene and played that way. If they tried that today in a feature film, poor Diana would probably get the same insipid and carnal reaction that poor Supergirl did: Welcome to America….now prepare to be raped.

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