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Superman: Man Of Tomorrow 4K UHD Review

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“Superman: Man Of Tomorrow” ushers in a new era.

After “Justice League Dark: Apokolips War” closed out one era, another era begins with the latest DC Universe film “Superman: Man Of Tomorrow.” In this 2020 animated feature, the story focuses on the early years of Clark Kent from his childhood to his pre-Superman adulthood time where he is an intern at the Daily Planet. Of course, he eventually becomes Superman in this film but that is to be expected. Anyway, the Tim Sheridan script has quite a few storylines. Superman is being tailed by Martian Manhunter for an initially unknown reason, everyone’s favorite intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo is looking for Clark (who has a bounty on his head), Lois Lane is a grad student who has just become a reporter, Clark learns about his Kryptonian past, the ever corrupt Lex Luthor is up to no good as per usual, and an accident causes a kind janitor to become the monstrous Parasite. 

As far as modernized Superman stories go, director Chris Palmer’s “Superman: Man Of Tomorrow” does a commendable job at diving back into the character’s origins as the story explores the theme of identity in a significant manner. As a reboot too, ‘Tomorrow’ reintroduces the titular character in a new era of DC Universe animated stories while also bringing in characters we don’t see as much as we should like the cigar smoking violent bounty hunter Lobo, Martian Manhunter (who has some memorable conversations with Clark) and the villainous life draining Parasite. Sure, one could say the movie is perhaps a little too busy with storylines (Lois Lane is shortchanged here), but it’s clear Tim Sheridan is setting up many pieces for future sequels and stories within the DC Universe line of films.

Another element that is different here is the animation itself. There’s a new animation style with ‘Tomorrow’ that resembles something akin to “Archer.” It may look a bit cheap at times, but it’s refreshing to see something different from the norm. Besides, I have no doubt there will be room for growth with this certain style (assuming it used in subsequent features). 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 2160p. How does it look? The 4K disc seems like overkill for this animation but it still delivers impressive picture quality nonetheless.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The action scenes certainly put the speakers to work with this notable 5.1 track.

Extras (on Blu-ray only):
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* DC/WB trailers
* “Superman: The Animated Series” episodes “The Main Man” Parts 1 and 2
* A sneak peek at the next DC Universe animated film- the 70s flavored “Batman: Soul Of The Dragon.” This could be fun.
* “Lobo- Natural Force Of Chaos”- A featurette on the character of Lobo in the comics and in this animated feature.
* “Martian Manhunter- Lost And Found”- Another featurette only this one revolves around Martian Manhunter.

September 5, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , , ,

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