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At last - BRAINIAC!
mhorg201815 July 2018
This adaptation of the modern day story of Brainiac by Geoff Johns, possibly the greatest Superman writer of all time, is well done. It leaves out the death of Pa Kent, but he does do some world saving. Brainiac, voiced by John Noble (Fringe, Denethor) is quite menacing. A really well done animated movie.
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DC's apology for "Brainiac Attacks"
xamtaro13 May 2013
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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Super-Meh-n: Unbound
zach-tiefling30 September 2013
You have seen this story at least once, in one way or another. This movie is nothing new or special, doesn't try to explore anything that wasn't already done multiple times before, nor does it translate its story into an interesting form.

Whoever titled this movie "Superman: Unbound" was probably well aware of its quality and pulled "Unbound" from the "Box of titles for bad movie sequels" after the first two tries turned up "Returns" and "Lives".

This flick feels like a "monster of the day"-story for a television- series. It could make a nice two-parter in an animated superman series, but it has not the feel of a movie to it.

The basic plot is (no, that is not a spoiler): Bad guy threatens to destroy earth, superman stops him. Period. Insert super-powered fights, a mad super-villain, occasional hero-villain-banter and the last-minute- rescue in there and you got your movie.

The movie isn't more than that, it does not try to be more than that, but it fails in making a simple story an enjoyable ride. Two reasons for that are the emotionless voice-actors and below-average fight scenes. Because of that the movie fails in conveying the feeling that anything is at stake.

If you are a fan of animated superhero-movies, you won't miss anything if you skip this one, if you are not a fan of such movies, there are better movies to begin with.

Conclusion: Meh.
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Better than I thought
CornanTheIowan2 June 2013
I've been unsystematically going through a lot of these Warner movies and this is one of the better ones for me, if not the best. I'm an old (uh, maybe that's not the best word) Superman - Batman fan, so I keep an eye on the the two series and the Justice League from time to time.

Though others have described this movie as a basic super-people brawl, I found enough character development and interpersonal "stuff" to make it more interesting than a simple super-fistfight.

I would have preferred a bit of the "old" (40 years ago) comic book Braniac, as the current Brainiac doesn't seem very "brainy" in this outing, but I like what's going on with Super Girl.

My favorite Superman characteristic is that in the end he USUALLY outwits his opponents rather than simply pummeling then into the ground, and there is a version of that in this movie as well.

I don't know the numbers, but count me in as as adult fan who likes the stories to be as intelligent and "meaningful" as possible. Keep 'em coming, Warner Bros.
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Flawed, but Very Entertaining!
mitchell59549 June 2013
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Out of all the animated standalone Superman movies that have come out the latest one Superman Unbound, is the one I found to be the most enjoyable. It is not perfect by any stretch but I still find it to be my favorite of the Superman animated movies. There are a few reasons for this. Unlike Superman Doomsday, this did not water down a story that I am a big fan of, The Death of Superman. Unlike Superman Doomsday and All-Star Superman, I was not bored at any moment in this film. Plus, unlike Superman vs. The Elite, this actually feels like a Superman movie.

I am not familiar with the source material this is based on. I am going to judge this as a film by itself. As a standalone movie I thought it was a good movie. It is nothing outstanding or great, but I found it a very entertaining movie.

The characters are pretty good particularly one character. Superman comes off as a bit unlikable at the start, but he does grow by the end of the film and you care about him. I like this Superman to be honest. Out of all the Supermen in all the animate features, I personally enjoy this one the most. Mat Bomer did a great job voicing Superman. At times he really pulled off a good Tim Daly. Lois is portrayed very interestingly. She has an interesting look to her that I have never seen before in any other portrayal. Stana Katic also does a decent job voice acting. Supergirl I did not like as well. She came off as too whiny. I know she is a teenager and that teenagers can be whiny but I still found it a bit annoying.

The character that really stood out in this film is Brainiac himself. This the first time I have seen this version of him. The Brainiac in this movie is not all machine but is also partly organic. He reminds me of Martian Manhunter a little. This is the first time this version of Brainiac was ever shown on-screen and I find it quite refreshing. I like his character in this as well which ties greatly into the theme of the movie. The theme of the film I like a lot and it is one of the better things in the movie.

What I did not like was the use of adult content just for the sake of adult content. This is an issue with other animated films of the DC lineup that which I forgot to address in my other reviews. The story of this film really is something that kids can watch. The content is not really that mature. However, the studio puts some random adult content in the film like a few swear words, blood, and sexual themes in order to earn a PG-13 rating, which is much unneeded. Another problem I have with the film is how they beat Brainiac. I found that they beat him too easily. Brainiac does not seem like much of a threat to Superman really. This is a problem considering he is one of Superman's greatest adversaries.

The art, like most animated Superman films, took some getting used to. However, now I like the art style. The animation is quite smooth like always. The action is smooth and fun as usual with these films. Overall this is my favorite animated Superman film so far. It is not my favorite Superman film period, and it is nothing great. However I found it quite entertaining despite its flaws. I would say it is at least worth a look.
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Just terrible...
karimoo_land18 August 2013
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Being a huge DC animated fan, this was especially painful to watch. I never review films, but I simply had to comment on the absurdities found in this movie.

Besides the giant green Brainiac who seemed more human emotionally than robot, most of the characters looked and acted their parts. The problems are mostly with ridiculous plot points and lack of story. Braniac invades Metropolis, Superman wins (obiously). Fine, that's cool, as long as there's some decent action. Instead we get such ridiculous scenes, such as Lois Lane kicking an office chair hard enough to whisk across the floor and forcefully eject a super-strong Braniac robot out the waist high window. Right. A group of her coworkers then push a desk into multiple super robots which then fly out the window as if tossed by Superman himself. None of these robots fight back, seemingly entranced from the great rebellion by the wage slaves of the Daily Planet. Oh wait there's more nonsense to be had! Let's talk about the showdown.

Braniac is trading blows with Superman on Earth, until, Superman decides to mention how Braniac has a weakness being isolated in his ship. He then goes on to explain that his brain can't handle all the chaos. On cue, Brainiac's head bubbles explode as if surrendering to Supermans speech line-by-line. Brainiac falls in some mud and begins to whimper like a little bitch about the bacteria, flies and dirt that he is covered in. A missile heading to the sun is diverted by Supergirl, the missile then explodes without harming anything. Naturally, the bad guy has to now spontaneously combust for no apparent reason while Superman watches without emotion or expression. This is where the script writer decides to throw in another little pearl "Welcome to Earth", says Superman as he stands over Brainiac's ashen remains. Seriously? Clichéd and corny.

Of course we also need a happy, Disney ending; the miniaturized Metropolis is restored with the simple pull of a pin on it's glass shell. Because we all know Brainiac installed a super easy method of restoring the stolen cities to their originals just in case he changed his mind about universal domination - uh huh.

Clark kisses Lois in the midst of the staff and emergency crews at the Daily Planet who all stop attending to their patients and the injured to stare at them. Apparently it's very odd for people to kiss after a near apocalypse and express their love, but it's also OK to stop saving people in order to express the magnitude of shock the audience should feel at the revelation of their relationship. Puh-lease.

Let's go back to the likes of Superman/Batman Public Enemies, Apocalypse, Under the Red Hood, etc, which had proper storyboarding, scripting and heart. Unfortunate that garbage like this gets screen time, and monkeys get paid for making it.
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"Superman Unbound" features an entertaining showdown between the Man of Steel and Braniac
ersinkdotcom11 May 2013
For the past eight years, Batman received all the love at the movies when it comes to DC Comics' characters. That's all about to change on June 14 when "Man of Steel" hits theaters. DC and Warner Premiere aren't going to settle for TV commercials and trailers to get people pumped up. Two new comic books and a DC Universe Animated Original Movie entitled "Superman Unbound" are keeping the super hero fresh on everyone's minds as well.

"Superman Unbound" serves as a tasty appetizer for the main meal coming up. The Man of Steel joins forces with his cousin, Supergirl, to battle Brainiac after the super villain shrinks down Metropolis and adds it to his collection of cities from different planets he's destroyed. Superman must find a way to keep Braniac from destroying the Earth and save all the captured cities of the universe, including Krypton's capitol Kandor.

As is usual with the DC animated movies, "Superman Unbound" is loaded with action from the beginning to the end. Director James Tucker and writer Bob Goodman know how to keep the pace moving at a breakneck speed and demand the audience's attention. You take a 128 page graphic novel and shove it into a 75 minute film. There's no time for the viewer to get distracted or for the movie to lose steam.

The animation for "Superman Unbound" differs from what we've come to expect from the DC animated features. It varies in style greatly from "Superman vs. The Elite." One example is the Man of Steel's facial features. The other characters look different as well.

"Superman Unbound" is definitely a PG-13 movie. There are scenes of Braniac changing himself into a cyborg that would freak out little kids. His robots drill into the heads of their victims, which splashes a lot of blood around on screen. Lois Lane also flips Braniac the double birds in one scene. Superman even says a bad word at one point. There are also some light sexual references most kids won't pick up on, but they're still present.

"Superman Unbound" is a super tag team smack down with none of the heavy-handed social commentary or politically correct propaganda we experienced last time around.
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Mediocre at best DC Animated Movie
deshan-785806 August 2015
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Before I start reviewing, let me give you guys a brief warning, this review may contain some spoiler alerts if you can't handle them, then stop reading right now, let the review begin. Superman Unbound is a 2013 direct to video DC Animated movie, the story follows Superman fighting Brainiac once again, but this time teamed up with his cousin Supergirl. Supergirl has gave some more info about Krypton to Superman, so it leaves Superman away from earth for a few days to discover Krypton & face off against Brainiac & his robot army at the same time. That's the official storyline for this movie, now let's move on to the overall pros & cons of this movie. Pros: - Decent voice-acting - Gritty action sequences (since it's rated PG-13 in the first place) - Good concept & presentation Cons: - Occasional plot holes - Cheap low- budget looking animation - Forgettable soundtrack - Slow pacing Overall, this movie gets a 5 out of 10, if you're a fan of Superman or the entire DC universe, I would check it out to see for yourself, otherwise I would only recommend it when you got nothing better to do, it's mediocre at best.

Rated PG-13 for action violence & rude gesture
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Has enough right elements, but still lacking
KineticSeoul16 February 2015
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The showdown between superman and Brainiac has a lot going for it, but I couldn't help but be bored. Mainly because I found the movie lacking any real intriguing substance. Despite the world being in jeopardy and all that, which has been done millions of times before. I just couldn't get into the cause of it all. There are some philosophical messages, which I did agree with. And I thought the reason behind Brainiac obsession with control and what happens when he loses to somewhat have depth. And one of the message that Superman's uncle Zor-El gives him. All in all, it had enough right elements to make it a above average animated superheroes movie. But I just didn't feel all that invested in it from start to finish.

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Really disappointing.
marv-368 June 2013
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This was one of the more disappointing releases from DC Animated. There have been enough spoilers already in the other reviews, so I won't bother saying anything about the plot or the things that didn't quite make sense.

Bottom line is that the story was disjointed and never quite grabbed the audience. Brainiac never seems to be believable threat. And my son thought he looked too much like the Hulk. The romance between Lane and Superman seemed stifled, probably because there was never this sense of urgency or grand threat. It's my understanding that this story was based on the graphic novel, but I get the sense that a lot of things were lost in translation, and there wasn't enough effort to make it standalone in a movie format.

My son and daughter have seen all of the DC Universe Animated movies. They loved Superman/Batman Public Enemies, they loved Superman vs. The Elite (wow! that was violent dad, but a really good movie.)

My daughter fell asleep with this one and I almost did too.
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worth checking out
Brownsbros33 June 2013
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DC continues to put out some really good animated films. I watched this last night on Direct TV pay-per-view. The animation was first rate. The characters were more realistic looking. I also give some credit to the voice casting. Other than Diedrich Bader and Stephen Root, I've never heard of any of these people. However, they did a fantastic job of getting over the personalities the way the comic book writers intended. The story was good, but short like all these movies are. I've always wondered why they cut them off at an hour and 15 minutes instead of an hour and a half. I wouldn't recommend this for little kids because some of the violence can get graphic. There is also a little bit of bad language, and also at one point Lois gives Brainiac the "double bird" salute. Adults should find it enjoyable though.
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Like Watching Superman Vs T3 Rise Of The Machines....
Vivekmaru4514 August 2013
I've seen many Superman films: some good, some bad. This one is just about right as far as the entertainment factor goes.

In just about any Superman cartoon/comic you will see him battle an arch enemy: be it Lex Luthor, Braniac or Darkseid. Here it is Braniac.

The Braniac character sort of parallels Galactus a character in Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer cartoons/comics. Galactus is also referred to as the "Eater Of Worlds".

The plot of the film is simple: Braniace sends a drone to the planet Earth. Superman intercepts and destroys the drone before it can can transmit a locator signal to Braniac's mothership. Supergirl tells Superman from her past experience what an awesome threat Braniac is to Earth and retells about the miniaturization of Krypton's capital city of Kandor prior to the planet's destruction with her father and mother.

Superman then makes a voyage through deep space in order to track down and destroy Braniac once and for all...

P.S. I don't know what the title has got to do with this film. But if you like title beginning with "Unbound", I think you should watch this one: Frankenstein Unbound, a 1990 horror movie based on Brian Aldiss' novel of the same name. This film was directed by Roger Corman, returning to the director's chair after a hiatus of almost twenty years. This is his final directorial effort to date(he saved the best for his last).
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Superman vs. Brainiac: No Holds Barred!
sanddragon93915 May 2013
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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Terrible movie, absolutely
Wirxaw13 May 2013
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Many things I can forgive in movies. Stupidity, lack of plot, unoriginality... But not when it's all mixed together. I can't speak about originality though, as this is the first Ssman movie I've seen, but I could at least try to compare it to other franchises.

The worst thing about the movie - is the lack of emotion. The moment Ssman gets his butt in trouble - he gets out of it. Miraculously. Every fight feels like hardscripted Ssman solo performance. Maybe it's the standard in Ssman franchise, comics in particular, but it does not work for movies, at least not for my opinion. There has to be some emotion, some feeling of concern or helplessness. The first fight with robot took Ssman about 2 minutes. Later, he kills them like some walking dummies. Same robots can be easily thrown around by chairs or tables. Yet, rocket and tank shell barrage does not seem to shake them. Some heated laser cuts them like butter though. Excellent continuity, heh? Whole movie Ssman has punched Brainiac in every possible way. Only in the end he thought about using his breath. What happened to his eyes? Couldn't he lazor the stuff and call it a day? Seems to work on everything(almost) else. As always, some primitive Avatarish blue skinned aliens with wookie pets have technology that Earth has never dreamed of. When assaulting worlds, robots do not seem to be a valuable loss for Brainiac. Yet, when miniaturizing them to monitor cities, he carefully teleports each and every piece of them back(along with everything that holds them :|). Yes, War of the Worlds may be a good idea. But seriously, for a 10k world experienced lump to be scared by insects? What have the scriptwriters smoked? Share please, it's some good stuff. Maybe Ssman loves his capital, but planting it on some barren asteroid to rebuild?! I also like it how Metropolis was put back - by taking the bottle cap off. Totally inflatable! And of course, not without "I'll be back scene". "There must always be a Brainiac!" Every single scene is either plain and cliché or just retarded. One good thing about the movie, which unfortunately doesn't make it 2\10 - is how bitchy they made Lois. Not to mention her assets. Oh, and the eye popping at start - make sure you eat popcorn when you watch it :).

Maybe technically this movie deserves a 2-3 score, as score 1 is as impossible as score 10. But I could care less, and this movie has not made anything to change my mind, so I'd just contribute to bias the rating. P.S.: I suppose it's clear what letter have I missed in the word Ssman.
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Getting tired of the oh-so-convenient plot devices
WisdomsHammer23 February 2019
The problem with the writing in many of these superhero movies and shows is that they flip superpowers on and off to make the hero strong or vulnerable - with no sense to it - for drama and suspense. The problem is that the drama and suspense are lost when it's not believable. I can usually get past this stuff and enjoy the show or movie, but this one exaggerated it to the degree that I had to say something. For example, at one point Superman uses his heat vision and superbreath (yeah, I said it) in order to escape after being "trapped" and tortured for a little while. Why didn't he use those powers earlier? Why is he all of a sudden stronger than the villain when he wasn't before? Things happen in the nick of time simply in an attempt to build suspense but it's more laughable than thrilling. The villains are stronger than the heros in the beginning and then vice-versa just because it's written that way, not because there's any logic behind it. Are the writers hoping we're too dumb to ask any questions and just go with it? Please, give me something that makes even just a little more sense and isn't mind numbing.

The best part about this movie, in my opinion, is the backstory on Supergirl that it provides to people who aren't familiar with her, and Brainiac too, to a degree. To me, this really should have been more of a Supergirl story than a Superman one, and she easily provides the best scenes in this movie, even though shes only in maybe a third of it, if that.

This movie's fun enough if you don't think about it too much, or at all, I guess.
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Brings the fists but often forgets the heart.
Pjtaylor-96-13804411 July 2018
'Superman: Unbound (2013)' attempts to bring a more rounded and humanised vision of its eponymous hero by, essentially, making him more vulnerable and connecting the flick's central conflict directly to his home-world, introducing the beefy 'Brainiac' as its antagonist and having him 'collect' fragments of different civilisations including a segment of the long-gone Krypon. This makes for an experience that tries to emphasise the empathy with its protagonist, and does so successfully to a degree, but also resorts to the high-powered fisticuffs the character has ostensibly been known for without much hesitation, delivering these moments with confidence and providing some excitement at the same time but largely seeming 'stakes-less' since there's little other to care about besides some basic (if realistically rendered) relationships. The issue is that making the 'man of steel' physically weaker, or weaker compared to the antagonist as least, has been done before and better. It also isn't as interesting a conceit as when the hero is challenged mentally or emotionally. Still, there are some more cerebral and emotional elements here. For one, the inclusion of 'Supergirl' allows for some unique characterisation. Namely, a different examination of the abilities and responsibilities associated with being a 'superhero' of this sort. She's scared of the villain and shows it, at least initially, which is distinct and, actually, quite natural. It allows her to feel more 'human' and gives her something to overcome internally, rather than a baddie to beat with her fists. A few sequences of off-world antics open up the 'universe' in interesting, usually unexplored ways, too. The climax, however, comes down to the typical 'beat 'em up' type of stuff and even, in its conclusion, comes across as quite contrived and convenient, even if it is left somewhat open for a sequel. 6/10
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A Somewhat familiar Tale of Superman vs. Brainiac
mike4812823 April 2018
Reviewers will complain because it is a somewhat familiar story. Brainiac is an old villain and I can remember him doing similar things from my childhood DC Comics days and, Lord, that is so many decades ago. Then, Brainiac was a semi-non-human intelligence with a transparent brain dome. Here, "he" is very Borg-Like. Same twisted ego, however, and I think he was shrinking cities or worlds way back then? I can't fault the DC Comic book-style animation. It is perfect. Superman has his chiseled jaw (like Batman and others) and Supergirl is a teen-aged girl. I used to buy Supergirl and Wonder Woman Comics because real women sure didn't look like that, and I was a teen-aged boy. Non-stop action all the way and slightly violent but only "red" comic book graphics. This "ain't" Disney! The ending is somewhat predictable but is quite logical for the progression of the storyline. Lois gets to give Brianiac and his murderous robots "the finger" although it is almost blurred out. Brainiac is only interested in Earth because Superman and Supergirl are there. He finds it a boring planet. A better story that most of the live-action films with the possible exception of "Superman Returns" and "Man of Steel". It doesn't "feel" cheaply made. Good production values all the way. Has a "War of the Worlds" style ending, as Brainiac cannot adapt to the noise, chaos, and dirtiness of Earth after living in a sterile spaceship environment for a millennia. The spaceship is very "cheesy" looking as it resembles the Jolly Roger or a "Death-head". I liked this animated movie!
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Not the best of the DC Animated films
psyjak12 April 2016
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Possible spoilers ahead.

Maybe it's because I watched 'The Dark Knight Returns' just before it, but this just did not do it for me. The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes. Superman is brutish, smashing everything in sight (which I realise he normally does, but it's taken to ridiculous levels here) while Lois gets the Felicity Smoak treatment here, apparently having power beyond her pay grade (seriously, what reporter picks up the phone and orders 'Get me the Pentagon'?) and bringing relationship melodrama to the table. Brainiac, for a supposedly logical computer, makes ridiculously poor decisions, such as the manner in which he 'controls' the Kandorians.

The dialogue is cliché and unoriginal and the plot is severely lacking in depth. The Lego adaptation was written better than this. It seems to be one of those movies that tries to be feminist but ends up being sexist towards both genders, to the extent that I had to check this site to be sure Marc Guggenheim hadn't had a hand in it.

The animation is sloppy and the way the female characters are drawn is overly sexualised. Gore is used gratuitously for shock value. All in all, the worst DC Animated Original movie I've seen.
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Pleasing Superman/Supergirl yarn
neil-47624 January 2016
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Superman and Supergirl find themselves pitted against city-stealer and world-destroyer Brainiac.

This animated feature adapts a comics story by Geoff Johns. It strays from artist Gary Frank's style, probably because Frank's Superman is clearly modelled on Christopher Reeve: I quite liked the character design, but it won't be to everybody's taste. The quality of the animation varies from serviceable to excellent.

What I liked here was the dynamic between Superman and a Supergirl who is still finding her way and feeling somewhat out of place. Supergirl is a well-rounded, nicely realised character in this. And the issue of Lois Lane being at risk, which is why Superman/Clark conceals his feelings towards her, is well addressed.
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A Different Take --only trivial spoilers
redn_path011 July 2013
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It is safe to assume that most people reading these reviews know what the DC Universe revolving around Superman usually is like - plenty of content has been produced for that. If you expect this movie to fall in line with the other things you might have seen - Superman: TAS or the other movies - and are not open to see a different take of a number of aspects that so far defined the setting, you might be unhappy after watching this. No jaw-dropping moments here.

I like different versions of the same thing, and Brainiac has gotten a bit more down to Earth in this movie. He feels less like an omnipotent being and more like an intelligence that is imperfect, still has ways to go to arrive at the stage that you would see in Superman TAS. I like this, it makes him much more easy to relate to. (On second thought perhaps he's just stupid and I find that entertaining!) The main story isn't reinventing the wheel and won't keep you on the edge of your seat if you've seen other encounters between Brainiac and Superman before, though the different direction to his approach shown in this movie is still nice to watch - if you like him as the villain he is shown as here. (Visually/voiceacting-wise)

The visual style of the movie and especially Superman's looks are a bit different from what you might be used to if you remember his look from TAS, Justice League or his cameo Appearances in Young Justice, but thankfully it works out - his personality is fitting and what you would expect it to be, Lois is a bit bitchy but overall likable, even though she doesn't get enough screen time to evolve into a more complex character. The same can be said for Supergirl - she's a bit harder to relate to; her back-story is not particularly deep. The animation quality is alright, anatomy is consistent but not that breathtaking (this review is written by an artist). Nowhere near as good as Young Justice's animation quality, but not horrible either. Business cuts have been made on the backgrounds and it shows - they're not annoying, but also not memorable in any way. They hold the scenes together but don't go beyond that basic purpose.

The same can be said for other aspects, too - if you were to watch this movie as the very first one in your life, you'd be left with a bunch of unanswered questions as no time is wasted establishing a deep background - you better bring that with you already. There are also some logic inconsistencies that are not rationally explained - in fact never touched at all. Frustrating? Only if you really care for clear answers.

The movie is still enjoyable to me - if you like villains and a more 'relaxed' staging of confrontations, you can have a nice calm watch of this and take a few new thoughts with you to ponder about. If you're looking for a ton of epic fights, fast-paced action with a deep jaw-dropping storyline - then there are plenty other movies out there!
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Best Superman animated movie ever
WeAreLive25 December 2017
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Honestly this is just the best one at present. I saw this movie as treat since I passed my ICT exam and it was literally the best evening i had that night. I even have to say this is better then Superman Brainiac Attacks. I learn more about Supergirl and her people in this movie. Oh and I forgot to mention that Supergirl was hot especially since the beautiful Molly C Quinn (Castle) who nailed the part was voicing her. In fact the art style, animation and mostly every character design in this movie was good. How ever this movie is definitely not for kids since in one scene a robot murders a Kryptonian by putting a rod through his head and in another scene when Brainiac looks though his bottle that he traps Metroplis in Lois puts out two fingers at him (which was pretty funny).

The best scene was when Superman fights the robot at the start of the film, Tries to escape Kandor and the last battle.

The voice acting was pretty good especially Matt Bomer as Superman and John Noble as Brainiac.

Overall awesome movie if you are a fan of Superman you might like this movie. Ignore the bad reviews from the nostalgia fanboys .
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Another blind review
ericstevenson24 April 2017
Well, I had no idea what this Superman movie would be about, so I was glad to be surprised. This movie features Superman and Supergirl going up against the villain Brainiac. It's interesting to see Supergirl being more developed as the last movie I saw introduced her in a way. Now, the character designs are different so we know it's not a direct sequel. It does kind of make me wonder why they do this. Why not just set up a new series of related films instead of just making them different? They're made by the same people. It's weird how these cartoon Superman movies are much more entertaining than the theatrical ones with the DC film Universe.

Well, Brainiac gets to shine here. My favorite thing is probably just how well paced this film is and for a movie that's only 75 minutes long, that's no easy task. I also really like this version of Lois Lane given how snarky she seems and wants her relationship with Superman to advance. It ends on a rather uplifting note too. The action's quite good and it's interesting to see Superman in weaker times. We even get to see some of the humans contribute by fighting some robots! This may be the lowest rated movie here I've ever seen with a 100% on RottenTomatoes, but it's still good. ***
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Braniac Attacks- again
JoeB13110 October 2013
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A retelling of the Brainiac Story, where the super-intelligent computer that once stole a Kryptonian city now threatens Superman's new home of Earth. Stop me if you've heard this one before, because we all have, fans of comic books since the 1960's.

So including a replay of the "Dangerous office pranks at the Daily Planet" skit, this telling has Superman challenging a pretty scary version of Brainiac. Many aspects of this are not suitable for younger children with blood and murder and sexual innuendo.

The animation is quite good. The voice-work, done by "Castle" stars Molly Quinn and Stana Katic, is very good. (Nathan Filion has been doing work for DC's animation unit for years, and probably told them it was the easiest money they could pick up.) The actor who voices Brainiac gives the character a sense of menace.

Overall, worth watching for the DCAU fan.
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maybe my least liked cartoon
gungadin_stocks16 June 2013
If you look the DVD this looks pretty cool, also looks like goes off the hook. The problem is this is not a very good DC story, maybe the worse.I got to see it from Blockbuster on my monthly plan, that is about all its good for, Even though its not my favorite its worth watching. Braniac is an under utilized villain that seems to be taken out rather quickly when he goes up against Superman. I do enjoy all comic special DVD movies no,matter the poor writing. The Batman the dark knight was actually very good, at first I thought they were being way to political, but the story was pretty good. I just wonder why they called this Superman unchained.
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don't watch
mustafaosama18 July 2016
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that was very boring, Lois lane character is very very annoying the fights is unrealistic (just like every movie ever) but this time it's so obvious for example when the probe came to earth it some how stood it's ground against superman but after that it's just too weak when facing superman or super-girl and when Lois pushed a chair to one of the robots and it just flew of the window. really it can take a tank shell and not move an inch put a lousy chair will do it. I have no problems however with something like that in other animated DC films but I just can't handle this one.. P.S Brainiac was cool.until he was beaten by superman because of some birds and bugs yeah that was not good and also is he strong or what in one shot he beat the crab out of superman and in the other he is like weak as a potato................. (sigh) I'm out
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