What’s the biggest crime of a Superman movie? When he fails to do anything heroic and can’t save the day on his own. Superman Man of Tomorrow is supposed to be the animated reintroduction to the character and fails miserably. The film doesn’t know if it wants to be an origin film or jump right into the spectacle of seeing Superman team up with other iconic DC Comics heroes.
The villain is too sympathetic, characters motivations aren’t well defined, and Superman just isn’t that super.
Despite all this, the film has some fantastic animation. Gone is the awkward looking anime inspired character designs from the last several DC animated films. No, this film looks as though it was inspired by the art of comic book artist Phil Noto, featuring clean lines, gorgeous details, and more.
The impressive voice cast includes Darren Criss (Glee) as Superman; Alexandra Daddario (Why Women Kill) as Lois Lane; and Zachary Quinto (NOS4A2) as Lex Luthor.
Great cast, great animation. If the story had been good this would have been a home run. But instead it’s just kind of a boring tale that has Superman fight the power absorbing Parasite with the aid of a slew of characters: Lobo, Martian Manhunter, and evening Lex Luthor. Superman kind of gets pushed to the back of his own movie. A movie that was supposed to reintroduce the character after the New 52 series of animated films.
Again the casting and art direction is great but it’s the awkward story telling and weak plot that keeps the Superman grounded when he should’ve been soaring.
Pass on Superman Man of Tomorrow.