Matt Bomer and John Noble did a decent job as Superman and Brainiac.  I enjoy their work, but here in SUPERMAN: UNBOUND I found myself longing for a Tim Daly or George Newbern Superman and would have loved to have heard a Corey Burton Brainiac.  Those three gentlemen really brought their characters home so I find anyone else, although good, lacking.

supermanunboundThe female voice acting gets us through the bland elements of the Man of Steel’s battle against Brainiac but the action and struggle need little help.  I enjoyed the faster paced elements of Superman fighting the hordes of Brainiac’s drones; at times one would fear he is overwhelmed only to summon the strength and will that Superman can.  The destruction picks up more in Metropolis where we get some Superman and Supergirl team-up action but the creme-de-la-creme is Superman battling it out with Brainiac.  In what appears as a rather even bout, we are riveted by the fact that Brainiac poses a real threat and if Superman can’t handle it we are quite doomed – a great fight if seeming rather brief.

Brainiac-in-Superman-UnboundAll in all SUPERMAN: UNBOUND is a great addition to the DC Animated Features.  It is based on a great comic story so I would expect as much.  However, with most DC Animated entries I find that although they are always solid and fun (i.e. Superman: Unbound, The Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 & 2, Superman: Doomsday) they often lack the heart and scope of the original stories.  Given that this is not always the case (i.e. Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Knight, Batman: Year One) I wonder if much of it has to do with the transition to an animated property, its budget, and wanting to reach a different audience that sometimes sucks a bit of the heart out of some great comic storylines.  Not having the answer I will just add that all DC animated entries are quality features worth a look or purchase.  Some as I have mentioned hit their mark better than others, although some seem to miss out on either their comic prototypes’ vision or the quality of greats like the Batman, Superman, or Justice League Animated series that started them all.

The Guy in the Hat


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