Part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow‘ is directed by Chris Palmer. It was released through Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.
A young Clark Kent (Darren Criss) arrives in Metropolis to work as an intern for the Daily Planet, though his parents Jonathan (Neil Flynn) and Martha Kent (Bellamy Young) are hesitant about him revealing his “secret.” His first assignment as an intern is watching the launch of a rocket Lex Luthor (Zachary Quinto) designed for STAR Labs, but reporter Lois Lane (Alexandra Daddario) releases evidence of wrongdoing, just as the rocket fails. Clark reveals himself to the world and stops the rocket, only to gain the attention of the bounty hunter Lobo (Ryan Hurst) and the Martian survivor J’onn J’onzz (Ike Amadi), who teams-up with the newly dubbed Superman to capture the bounty hunter. During the process, janitor Rudy Jones (Brett Dalton) becomes infected with a parasite that mutates him into a creature that can absorb energy and even memories. With J’onn’s help, Clark unlocks his own memories and discovers that he is from the destroyed planet Krypton. With this knowledge, he decides to be a hero as the Parasite becomes stronger.
As far as animation, the show uses a new style that brings out the vivid colors of the DC Comics world. The character designs for Lobo, Superman, Martian Manhunter, and even the human characters like Lois were impressive and unique. I will say, I was not a huge fan of the kaiju-sized Parasite, but it is what it is.
Now, I will say that the movie did not have much of a plot. It was more episodic, having several smaller plots that sort of converge at the end, but do not follow a single story-arc driving toward a climax. At times, that made it feel a bit confusing, but even still, it was cool to see this sort of modern Superman develop into the hero of truth, justice, and the American way. Of course, they have to have some politically correct dialogue thrown in for the social media snobs, but it was not as prevalent as it could have been.
On the inspiration side, I could see a bunch of influences from the comic books. There was a little bit of American Alien, Secret Origin, Earth One, among several others. I do wish they would have explored the Kryptonian side of his story more.
The voice acting was pretty good with everyone doing an excellent job with their roles. Darren Criss and Zachary Quinto as Superman and Lex Luthor respectively were well-cast for this feature. The only one who had a breakout performance was Ryan Hurst as Lobo. He really nailed the role and brought him to life in the movie. His banter with the other characters provided some of the best dialogue.
If this is the future of the animated adaptions of DC Comics, it is headed in the right direction. It is unclear whether it is the reboot for the “DCAMU,” which ended with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. If it is, I can see it moving that franchise further, though I do not understand why they are trying to make it “edgy” by adding scenes where you get mooned by the characters and get to hear them randomly yell swear words.
Bottom line, Superman: Man of Tomorrow is an enjoyable feature that has an excellent cast and some fantastic animation. Particularly, Lobo is the coolest character in the movie and I look forward to seeing where this series is going to land in the future.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Language, Brief nudity, Gore
FAVORITE QUOTE: This planet is protected, alien.
Check out the trailer below:
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