‘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.
The Blu-ray contains four bonus episodes of “Superman: The Animated Series,” with episodes focusing on Brainiac and Supergirl. The Blu-ray also excerpts some pages from the Johns “Brainiac” storyline as an extra feature.
Two bonus featurettes look at the Bottle City of Kandor and the evolution of the Brainiac character.
The audio commentary from producer/director James Tucker, screenwriter Bob Goodman, and DC Entertainment creative director Mark Carlin is exclusive to the Blu-ray and talks about everything from costume choices to casting to comic-book comparisons. The Blu-ray also has a first look at “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” the next DC animated movie.
— Matthew Price