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'Superman Unbound' Blu-ray review

Superman and Supergirl battle Brainiac in the animated Blu-ray release “Superman Unbound.”
by Matthew Price Published: July 5, 2013
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‘Superman Unbound' Blu-ray review

“Superman Unbound” features an attack on Metropolis by the alien invader Brainiac. The animated film directed by James Tucker is based on the well-regarded comics by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank that ran in “Action Comics” in 2008.

While the dialogue is clunky in places, the film features a lot of action and some good character moments.

In the film, the Man of Steel works with his cousin, Supergirl, to stop Brainiac's plans to add Metropolis to his collection of shrunken and bottled cities. The duo find out that the alien has among his collection Kandor, a lost city of Krypton.

Matt Bomer (“White Collar,” “Magic Mike”) voices Clark Kent and Superman in the story. Bomer was set to star as the live-action Superman in the Brett Ratner “Superman” film in development around 2003. When that film didn't happen, Bomer lost his chance to play the Man of Steel — until this animated offering. Bomer is capable if unspectacular in the role; with Superman's animated past including Tim Daly and George Newbern, the bar is high for a “Super” vocal performance.

Stana Katic (“Castle”) is an aggressive Lois Lane. She's joined by “Castle” castmate Molly C. Quinn, who voices Supergirl. John Noble (“Fringe”) puts in a strong performance as Brainiac.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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