Superman; what else is there to say? A man from an alien world that for some reason when he’s exposed to yellow sun light he can do…crap what’s that power of his again? Oh, right, EVERYTHING! Seriously, flight, super strength, ice breath, super speed, x-ray and heat vision; guess if the shoe fits wear it. He really is super. That’s right, as my first review of a motion picture I’m reviewing the newest Superman movie.
NO! That doesn’t come out until June, silly! I’m talking about an animated feature. This one:
Superman: Unbound is based on the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac. Why they couldn’t just carry the title of comic over is beyond me. It’s a tale of the super evil cyborg Brainiac as he is about to come to Earth and do his evil thing: take all the information from the planet (presumably using some combination of Wikipedia, Google, and those things nobody uses anymore called books) and then blow it up. So it’s up to Superman and his cousin Supergirl to stop him.
In my honest opinion, WB Animation has done very little wrong by the DC Universe (except cancel Young Justice, leaving an awful cliff hanger). This one is no exception. It is by far superior to the animated feature Superman: Brainiac Attacks. But that’s honestly the same as saying Batman Begins is better than Batman & Robin. And a fair warning to you parents reading this, do not let your kids watch this. It’s very graphic with a lot of death and blood in it. Just the way a movie about an alien killer robot should be.
Everything about this movie is very well done. The animation, voice acting, script, you name it, WB does it right. That is, for the most part. If there’s anything about this movie I’d say will rub you the wrong way, it’s Supergirl. I get that she’s encountered Brainiac in the past, but honestly she gets on my nerves. Mainly because she just comes off as a whiney pain in the ass. One minute she’s using her superpowers to take down terrorists, next she’s bawling her eyes out because she feels powerless. Things like that just take away from what could be a good supporting role. If you can get past that, the movie is pretty solid.
It’s really not that hard to get past Supergirl. Once you do that, you’re in for a decent ride. The best part of this movie, by far, is that it’s not meant for kids. There’s massive amounts of blood being splattered everywhere, and the villain is just cold and emotionless. Basically this is the way I feel superhero movies should be. Now, Marvel has been kicking DC’s ass with the live action stuff for the past few years, but when it comes to animated stuff, DC wins. I mean, since 2006 the Marvel has released 9 animated features and only 2 of them are worth mentioning; barely. The bottom line, you can’t go wrong with anything starring Batman, Superman, and even Plastic Man would probably make a decent movie. Basically, I’m still waiting for Marvel to make an animated film that can hold up to the caliber of their biggest competitor.
Take a Drink: every time someone get electrocuted.
Take a Drink: every time one of Brainiac’s probe-bots gets destroyed.