SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW: Overall, I did like the new animated film’s fresh new take on a young Superman’s early exploits. Though the climax did have a few cringe-worthy moments, and some interesting plot points introduced early on, didn’t stick the landing. All-and-all, by the time the end credits rolled, I was onboard. And I look forward to seeing where they go from here.
ENTERING “BIG SPOILER” TERRITORY:
…SPOILERS APLENTY FROM HERE ON OUT!
Everyone is younger in this rendition, except Perry White, and he’s as cantankerous as ever. Clark Kent is an intern/coffee-boy, and Lois Lane is a recent graduate who is catapulted to star-reporter-statis by a ginormous scoop. But she still can’t tell that Superman and Clark are the same person, even though she has seen both up close, and one naked. (Superman’s clothes disintegrate during a battle.)
The main villain is the parasite, which isn’t a big spoiler since he is on the DVD cover, and in the promos. But he starts out as a regular Joe, who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Though as he transforms into this version of the full-on Parasite during the course of the film, and he loses his humanity. We don’t really get what we need to fully invest in the character.
Because while they establish early on that this is a very compassionate man, who accidentally becomes an energy-sucking man-monster. He immediately goes on a remorseless killing spree, showing no inner conflict or conscious. Which deflates the ending and robs the story of the emotion weight its going for. Additionally, he transforms into a giant lizard, with no real explanation given.
We also get Lobo and Martian Manhunter in this story, and there are a couple of great action sequences when they battle the young Man Of Steel. But the three aliens, each the last of their kind, bury-the-hatchet and come together by the climax, to take on a Godzilla-sized Parasite. And even a reformed Lex Luthor helps a little. Though I’m sure you know how that turns out. (He’s Lex Luthor)
The story is solid, but safe. There aren’t a lot of twists and turns you don’t see coming. But it does what it’s supposed to. It establishes a new and very comic-book visual style, and restarts the DC Animated Universe. Because as you may, or may not know, the last animated film, ‘Justice League Dark: ApokolipsWar,’ ended the animated DC Universe continuity. And the Flash, using his super-speed, traveled back in time and literally hit the re-set button.
And now voila, here we are. But it isn’t a bad place to be. Clark is trying to find his place in the world, as a reporter, and as a superhero. The Lois/Clark/Superman dynamic seems to be in play again. Lex Luthor is a villain again. Ma and Pa Kent are alive again. Ma Kent makes Superman’s suit again. Lois gives the Man Of Steel the name ‘Superman’ again. Martian Manhunter and Clark both believe they are the last of their kind again. (We know they aren’t) And Kal-el is just beginning to discover his Kryptonian heritage again.
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