Introducing a new animation from the DC Universe. The film follows Clark Kent (aka Superman) who is currently working for the Daily Planet as an intern. Clark spends his time getting coffee and running errands for his fellow co-workers. He naturally works closely with Lois Lane and hopes to one day work on a big scoop himself.
Man of Tomorrow feels more like a new origin story within the DC Universe. This film is set before Clark Kent even discovers his costume. It is evident to the audience that Clark is still discovering himself, his powers, and understanding his past. Each day he does his very best just to blend in and avoid standing out from the crowds. When Clark Kent sees people in danger, he always tries to save them undetected, but no matter what, Clark ends up finding himself being a hot topic in the news. The TV and the newspapers are always talking about some type of mysterious hero, even giving him the nickname of “Super Man” which Clark does not like hearing.
But soon, Clark will be dealing with multiple villains and many problems around him. While trying to keep his identity a secret, Clark is tracked down by an outer space bounty hunter named Lobo. Lobo knows a lot about Clark and even knows what kind of race he is. Lobo is also aware of what happened to Clark’s race and his homeworld more than Clark himself. But this bounty hunter is a threat to Earth, and Lobo’s mission is to simply destroy. Clark will do everything he can to stop him. But during their first initial battle, an accident occurs, which only adds to Clark’s list of villains. Clark will not only have to save Metropolis from Lobo, but also another villain who goes by the name of Parasite. Parasite is a creature who continues to grow larger and larger the more it absorbs energy and power.
The animation of Superman: Man of Tomorrow is quite clean and simple. While this style of animation is not anything new and reminds me of cartoons I watched when I was a young kid, I still found this style of animation quite enjoyable and it certainly suits the comic book world. The voice work is also pleasing, and the film’s plot is easily the best element in this new instalment. I was quite surprised by this type of origin story and the story being told at this point of Superman’s life.
While the film’s plot is quite interesting, I cannot deny a few minor issues with the film. One aspect is the overloaded number of villains in this film, making it feel slightly cramped. The film’s runtime is rather quick, but I certainly felt the runtime in the third and final act. This act drags on a little too long rather than cutting to the chase.
Overall, Superman: Man of Tomorrow will certainly please DC fans. It tells a story which is interesting and quite a standout in Superman’s journey. While the animation is simple and familiar, I certainly still enjoyed this feature and the same can be said for the voice work within this film. This instalment delivered what I expected- some rather brainless entertainment about one of the great superheroes in the DC Universe.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden