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Superman: Unbound -- Superman battles Brainiac in order to save his home planet's city of Kandor, which has been miniaturized on Brainiac's ship. Based on Geoff Johns' miniseries.
Superman: Unbound -- The Man of Steel has his unpredictable cousin, Supergirl, by his side. Superman learns about the ruthless force known as Brainiac, who has seized and miniaturized Krypton's capital city of Kandor. Superman must liberate the captured Metropolis and protect his home planet from Braniac's increasing power.
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Release Date:
23 May 2013 (Russia) See more »
The machine is coming
Superman and Supergirl take on the cybernetic Brainiac, who boasts that he possesses "the knowledge and strength of 10,000 worlds." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Matt Bomer ... Superman / Clark Kent (voice)

Stana Katic ... Lois Lane (voice)

John Noble ... Brainiac (voice)

Molly C. Quinn ... Supergirl (voice) (as Molly Quinn)

Diedrich Bader ... Steve Lombard (voice)

Jason Beghe ... Terrorist Leader (voice)

Frances Conroy ... Ma Kent (voice)

Ian James Corlett ... Kryptonian #1 (voice)

Melissa Disney ... Thara (voice)

Alexander Gould ... Jimmy Olsen (voice)

Sirena Irwin ... Alura (voice)

Will Yun Lee ... Parasoldier Leader (voice)
Andrea Romano ... News Anchor #2 / Superman's Ship (voice)

Stephen Root ... Zor-El (voice)

Wade Williams ... Perry White (voice)

Michael-Leon Wooley ... Ron Troupe (voice) (as Michael Leon Wooley)

Directed by
James Tucker 
Writing credits
Bob Goodman (written by)

Geoff Johns (graphic novel: "Superman: Brainiac") &
Gary Frank (graphic novel: "Superman: Brainiac")

Jerry Siegel (creator: Superman) &
Joe Shuster (creator: Superman)

Jerry Ordway (creator: Ron Troupe) and
Tom Grummet (creator: Ron Troupe)

Otto Binder  creator: Supergirl, Brainiac (uncredited)
Al Plastino  creator: Supergirl, Brainiac (uncredited)

Produced by
Alan Burnett .... co-producer
Toshiyuki Hiruma .... line producer
Michael Macasero .... associate producer
Sam Register .... executive producer
James Tucker .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Kevin Kliesch 
Film Editing by
Christopher D. Lozinski 
Casting by
Meredith Layne 
Production Management
Ed Adams .... production supervisor
Jeff Adams .... assistant production manager
Su-Mi Back .... production manager
Cory Gustke .... production manager
Pan-seob Kim .... production manager
Jun-Seong Kwon .... production manager
Ok Kil Lee .... production manager (as Ok-Ki Lee)
Matthew Mahoney .... assistant production manager
Bobbie Page .... production supervisor
Min-Sung Park .... production manager
Scott Shinick .... post-production manager
Art Department
Eric Canete .... storyboard artist
Andy Chiang .... prop designer
Brendan Clogher .... storyboard artist
Christine Juhl Delk .... storyboard clean-up
Jay Hong .... background design
Ki-Du Kim .... storyboard artist (as Gidu Kim)
Seungmin Kim .... prop designer
Kalvin Lee .... storyboard artist
Christina Manrique .... storyboard clean-up (as Christina 'Kiki' Manrique)
Kathryn Marusik .... storyboard clean-up
Christina Sotta .... storyboard clean-up
Christie Tseng .... storyboard clean-up
Adam Van Wyk .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Sarah Baluch .... recording machine operator
George Brooks .... sound effects designer
George Brooks .... sound effects editor
Jeff O. Collins .... recording machine operator
Kelly Ann Foley .... supervising adr editor (as Kelly Foley Downs)
Kelly Ann Foley .... supervising dialogue editor (as Kelly Foley Downs)
Patrick J. Foley .... supervising adr editor
Patrick J. Foley .... supervising dialogue editor
Mike Garcia .... supervising adr editor
Mike Garcia .... supervising dialogue editor
Robert Hargreaves .... re-recording engineer
Robert Hargreaves .... sound effects designer
Robert Hargreaves .... sound effects editor
John Hegedes .... re-recording engineer (as John K. Hegedes)
Mark Keatts .... supervising dialogue editor
Wilson Martinez .... track reader
Gary Marullo .... foley artist
Fred Salinas .... track reader
Jessey Drake .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Hyo-Yoon Beck .... compositor
Matthew Girardi .... visual effects
Sung-Ho Jo .... compositor
Byeong-Gwon Jung .... cgi: 3d
Kyong Hee Kang .... compositor (as Kyoung-Hee Kang)
Byoung Ryul Kim .... compositing director (as Byoung-Ryul Kim)
Animation Department
Dusty Abell .... character designer
Hyeong-Seok Chang .... key animator
Andy Chiang .... character designer
Sooncheol Choi .... background paint director (as Suncheol Choi)
Craig Cuqro .... color stylist
Bill Dunn .... background color designer
Donnell Ebarrete .... animatic (as Donell Ebarette)
Lynell Forestall .... character designer
Matthew Girardi .... animator: main title
Matthew Girardi .... effects animator
Gyun-Ho Han .... final checker
Jay Hong .... background key designer
Seung-Jun Jung .... key animator
Seung-Jun Jung .... layout artist
Chan-Hui Kim .... layout artist
Chanhui Kim .... background designer
Gyeong-Gi Kim .... background director
Jin Mi Kim .... color supervisor (as Jinmi Kim)
Ki-Du Kim .... layout artist (as Gi-Du Kim)
Seungmin Kim .... character designer
Tae-il Kim .... layout artist
Yang-Suk Kim .... model checker
Yeong-Su Kim .... key animator
Yun-Jae Ko .... key animator
Eun-Gyeong Kwon .... model checker
Jae-Bum Lee .... key animator (as Jae-Beom Lee)
Jeong-Gil Lee .... animation director
Jong-Hwa Lee .... key animator
Ok Kil Lee .... animation line producer (as Ok-Ki Lee)
Seonho Lee .... color key director
Chun Liu .... background painter
Christina Long .... color stylist
Nollan Obena .... background key designer
Yeong Il Park .... key animator
Justin Schultz .... animation checker
Yun-Mo Seong .... key animator
James Tucker .... lead character designer
Yu-Jeong Um .... key animator
James T. Walker .... animation timing director (as James Tim Walker)
Dong Jik Woo .... layout artist
Wei M. Zhao .... background painter (as Wei Zhao)
Casting Department
Liz Carroll .... casting administrator
Susan Chieco .... casting administrator
Michele Jastremski .... casting administrator
Editorial Department
Steven White .... on-line editor
Music Department
Francisco Rodriguez .... music editor
Niki Sherrod .... executive in charge of music
Clinton Rusich .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
John Michael Beach .... business and legal affairs
Lori Blackstone .... business and legal affairs
Neil A. Cole .... publicist
Luisa Guzman .... production accountant
Hyeonho Jung .... pre-production director
Audrey Kim .... production support
Sharmalee Lall .... business and legal affairs
Debbie Lindquist .... production accountant
Nicole Martin .... production administrator
Tamara Miles .... production support
Bonnie Negrete .... business and legal affairs
Seong-mi Park .... production coordinator
Andrea Romano .... voice director
Hyo-Sun Ryu .... production coordinator
Erika Sevilla-Guerra .... production support
Maral Simonian .... production accountant
Joulene St. Catherine .... business and legal affairs
Kira Tirimacco .... production support
Renee Toporzysek .... production support
Athena Wingate .... production accountant
Janet Yi .... production support

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and a rude gesture
75 min

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Stana Katic voiced another DC Comics character, Talia al Ghul, in the video game Batman: Arkham City (2011) (VG).See more »
Revealing mistakes: While in Kandor, Superman smashes the ground several times in order to get Brainiac's attention. He lifts a huge chunk of ground to throw at one the robotic guards but, not only is there no hole where the chuck has come from, the ground beneath and around him shows absolutely no sign of damage.See more »
Brainiac:The impudence. I have been claiming worlds for centuries before you were born. You thought it would help you to disconnect me from my ship. You fail to comprehend. This ship is me. Constructed around me. An extension of me.
Brainiac:Forget Earth. It was unexceptional. It had nothing to offer me.I found it redundant.
Brainiac:Disgusting. Your affection for humans is nauseating.
Brainiac:Yes. The other Kryptonian, I will keep. I'll need at least one. And you may not survive. Now you will see a glimpse of what I am. How many worlds do you think your feeble mind can process before it turns to sludge? I'd say less then one.
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
DC's apology for "Brainiac Attacks", 13 May 2013
Author: xamtaro from

Kal-El aka Superman has spent a lifetime defending his adopted homeworld of Earth. For years, he had thought of himself as the last son of Krypton. Only his fortress of solitude and his cousin Supergirl serves as a reminder of the world Superman was born on. But now, Superman will be faced with a dark figure from his planet's past. What seems like another typical day of foiling heavily armed kidnappers turns into a fight for Earth's survival as a dangerous robot probe from outer space is identified as a drone of "Brainiac". Brainiac, as Supergirl recalls, was responsible for the disappearance of Krypton's capital city, Kandor, along with Supergirl's parents. Superman leaves to confront Brainiac while Supergirl dishes out her own brand of justice on earth.

What follows is possibly the most epic of all Superman battles ever put to screen. We have Superman taking on hordes of advanced machines strong enough to hurt the man of steel. We have Superman facing down the cybernetic enhanced Brainiac who is smarter, faster and more powerful that he is. The movie earns its PG-13 rating with blood and violence. After all, Brainiac seeks to hoard all knowledge in the universe. What better repository of knowledge than the brains of living creatures? Ouch!

The conflict against Brainiac truly pushes Superman to his physical limits. Staggering action, epic in scale, is beautifully animated by Moi Animation who bring graceful fluidity to the movements of the characters.They manage to blend the 3D CGI vehicles seamlessly with the traditional 2D characters while giving everything a slightly more "Japanese anime" touch.

Our characters are, once again, voiced by a wholly different cast as is the case for each DC animated movie production. What stands out is how witty the humor is in the script. The humor works and it fits perfectly without feeling forced. Delivering a near perfect performance are the voice cast directed by the impeccable Andrea Romano. Special mention goes to John Noble as brainiac, Stana Katic as a very Margot Kidder-ish Lois Lane and Matt Bomer as Superman/Clark Kent. Bomer especially takes great pains to have different accents when playing the dual personality of Superman and Kent, helping to highlight Kent's Kansas upbringing. The story devotes a good amount of time in developing the relationships Superman has with Lois and Supergirl, which in the end makes for a very human look at the Man of Steel.

Central to our narrative is the theme of one being protecting others to the point of intruding into and controlling their personal lives. The way Superman is constantly looking over Lois' shoulder even in peacetime, the way Supergirl intervenes in international conflicts, how are they different from the way Brainiac keeps his captured subjects in line by policing their actions under the excuse of protecting them? That parallel is drawn more than once, along with the constant question of whether Superman's loyalties lie with Earth or other Krypton survivors.

For all its good points, Superman Unbound is one of the more visually inconsistent DC animated projects to date. The character designs are angular, somewhat skinny and rather similar to the designs seen in 2005's "The Batman" TV series. It does take some getting used to, particularly for those who did like Gary Frank's art in the original "Superman: brainiac" graphic novel. The least they could do was to keep the art consistent though. Just take a good look at Superman's chest-to-head size ratio which expands and shrinks from scene to scene.

Then you have some obvious animation mistakes that just look weird, especially this one scene where Superman seems to have a hilariously long arm. The level of detail in the artwork is good for the most part, with metallic reflections in metal surfaces on the robots, folds in Superman's costume and cape and a good light/darkness contrast in the colours. But then you have a good number of scenes where the level of detail drops to the level of a low budget TV series. Oh and remember that bit about trying to give the show a more "Japanese anime" touch? You have scenes just like Japanese anime; a still frame with minimal motion tween movements, complete with exaggerated anatomy, weird angles and action lines.

If one can look past some of the visual shortcomings, there is much to enjoy about this animated film. The music by newcomer Kevin Kliesch takes cues from both Hans Zimmer and classic Jerry Goldsmith while still paying due respects to the timeless John Williams style. The way Clark Kent and Lois Lane play off each other is cutely reminiscent of the Christopher Reeves Superman movies, and the humor is truly funny without being corny. Overall, this would have been truly awesome in live action. Hopefully July 2013's "Man of Steel" would be able to top this in all aspects of storytelling and characterization.

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