Man of Tomorrow

DVD - 2020
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Meet Clark Kent. Sent to Earth as an infant from the dying planet Krypton, he arrived with as many questions as the number of light-years he traveled. Now a young man, he makes his living in Metropolis as an intern at the Daily Planet, alongside reporter Lois Lane, while secretly wielding his alien powers of flight, super-strength, and x-ray vision in the battle for good. Follow the fledgling hero as he engages in bloody battles with intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo.


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Dec 31, 2020

I love the new art style and animation, it's much better than the previous movies, but the story falls apart near the end and isn't a particularly compelling or noteworthy version of the origin story.

Nov 25, 2020

The recent DC animated Superman stories have been interesting for the most-part - Red Son was good (not great). But this Superman story really felt like something new from DC animated movies which have been languishing lately. To be completely honest, it's the Batman stories that have been problematic. They've felt uninspired or at least told in an uninspired way (cough, Death In The Family, cough, Gotham By Gaslight, cough, HUSH, cough, Ninja, wretch!)

Superman: Man of Tomorrow is like a Superman Year One story, only better. Originating from an exceptional comic series, this is a really entertaining take on a single point in time of the Superman origin story. It's not ground-breaking storytelling. It's an entertaining, straight-forward story very well told. Those dismissing it as political must have fallen out of love with superhero comic book stories and just haven't realized it. Every superhero comic book ever made has been political in nature. It's an essential part of any adventure. From DC to Marvel to Tolkien to Brandon Sanderson to name a few. All great stories are political in nature. To dismiss politics in stories dismisses all stories. It's a weak argument at best and just a dumb one at worst.

Back to the movie: I think what I liked most was that it chose an original animation style over rehashing the DCAU style. The penciling (is that the term?) is what really stands out for me in the animation. It's unusual and it gives it a less defined Superman - like the character in the story. I liked it a lot. It opened up some really creative moments.

Lastly, the voice casting in this one is great. Ryan Hurst (Bosch, Sons of Anarchy) is fantastic as Lobo. He was perfect. Darren Criss surprised me and captured the insecure innocence of young Superman/Clark Kent. Zachary Quinto was the perfect Lex Luthor. I wanted more of his character although I couldn't tell you how to do it. Ike Amadi was a really good Martian Manhunter and Alexandra Daddario was the best Lois Lane in ages. Brett Dalton had a tough challenge - bring to life a very likable Rudy Jones and a very torn (and very taciturn) Parasite. He gave life to both characters masterfully.

I put Man of Tomorrow as an equal to my favorite Superman animated story - All-Star Superman.
Very enjoyable.

Oct 25, 2020

A perfectly competent Superman origin story. The plot can get a little unwieldly, unfortunately.

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