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Superman: Unbound (2013)

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Superman and Supergirl take on the cybernetic Brainiac, who boasts that he possesses "the knowledge and strength of 10,000 worlds."

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James Tucker

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Bob Goodman, Geoff Johns (graphic novel: "Superman: Brainiac") | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
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Storyline

Offering herself as a hostage, Lois Lane is caught in an aerial confrontation between her terrorist captors and the unpredictable Supergirl before Superman arrives to save the day. Soon after, knowing Superman's civilian identity, Lois attempts to get Clark Kent to make their relationship public despite his fear of the consequences, but their argument is halted by a Daily Planet staff meeting before Kent leaves when they are being alerted to a meteor. Intercepting it, Superman learns the meteor to be a robot and that he promptly defeats before activating its beacon and taking it to the Fortress of Solitude. With help from a fear-filled Supergirl, Superman learns the robot is actually a drone controlled by a being named Brainiac, a cyborg who was originally a Coluan scientist who subjected himself to extensive cybernetic and genetic enhancements. As Supergirl reveals from her experience with the monster, Brainiac seized and miniaturized Krypton's capital city of Kandor prior to the ... Written by Lord_Kratos

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The machine is coming


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and a rude gesture | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2013 (Russia) See more »

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Superman: Unbound See more »

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Trivia

First DC animated movie to have a post credit scene. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Terrorist Leader: You know, the cops didn't seem to like you that much, Miss Lane.
Lois Lane: Occupational hazard.
Terrorist Leader: You and me both.
Lois Lane: So, which are you guys angling for, life in prison or, you know, blaze of glory?
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Superman vs. Brainiac: No Holds Barred!
15 May 2013 | by sanddragon939See all my reviews

Like the previous Superman animated DTV 'Superman vs. the Elite', 'Superman Unbound' also has the Man of Steel squaring off against a super-powered foe who can truly match him punch for punch. The difference is that while the conflict in the previous film was centered around a larger philosophical and ethical debate, this conflict is pretty much a superhero vs. super-villain battle played straight. And the villain is none other than one of the most iconic members of Superman's rogue's gallery...

The portrayal of Brainiac, and Superman's clashes with him, are easily the highlights of this story. Another interesting point is Kara/Supergirl representing the helplessness of a powerless civilian against overwhelming threats, and the desire for such a person to set the world right when given a chance. Less impressive however is the attempt at showcasing tension in the Clark-Lois relationship. 'Superman Unbound' is ultimately a sci-fi story at its core...and attempts to introduce romantic elements sorely stand out in what is otherwise a pretty decent production.


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