While DC Comics has had notoriously bad luck in getting its superhero properties to the big screen (for instance, the planned Justice League film may be on the rocks), the company has done much better with animated adaptations. Recently, DC has released a good number of straight-to-DVD feature-length movies adapted from comic book storylines – including Superman vs. the Elite, Justice League: Doom, and The Dark Knight Returns (in two parts). [SOURCE]
The next story to receive this treatment is Superman Unbound, due out later this year. A recently released trailer reveals that the movie will adapt the Geoff Johns-penned “Brainiac” arc originally published in Action Comics.
Superman Unbound‘s preview showcases what could be an ambitious, epic animated adventure. When Superman discovers an immensely powerful alien drone, he learns from his cousin Kara Zor-El that it’s only the first scout in an invasion by the culture-collecting, world-destroying cyborg known as Brainiac. The film will follow the Super family’s struggle to save Metropolis and the miniaturized bottle city of Kandor from Braniac.
As with other DC Comics animated movies, the assembled voice cast is fairly impressive, though admittedly not quite as name-heavy as previous adaptations. Clark Kent/Kal-El will be voiced by Matt Bomer (White Collar), who is ironically one of Screen Rant’s picks to next fill the cowl of Batman (he even auditioned for the role of Superman when Brett Ratner was attached to direct Superman: Flyby). On the opposite end of the spectrum, Brainiac will speak with the voice of Fringe and Lord of the Rings veteran John Noble. The cast is rounded out by Stana Katic (Quantum of Solace) as Lois Lane and Molly C. Quinn (Castle) as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl.
Brainiac is one of Superman’s oldest and most famous enemies. Fans have clamored for the synthetic conqueror to be the next villain in a live-action film for almost thirty years, but have yet to see those dreams come to fruition. Since the closest we ever came to a feature-film Brainiac was Tim Burton’s Superman Lives, audiences have had to settle with animated and Smallville interpretations of the alien mastermind. Will the version depicted in Superman Unbound measure up?
The most recent DC Comics animated films have been serviceable, but not particularly extraordinary. Despite the supposedly epic scope of the movie, Superman Unbound‘s trailer displays the same kind of flat, workmanlike animation of Superman vs. the Elite and Justice League: Doom – a style that tended to make even the biggest and most provocative scenes feel static. Hopefully, Superman Unbound will take full advantage of its promising voice cast and solid source material to create a movie that transcends its (apparent) technical limitations.
Superman Unbound will soar onto DVD and Blu-ray on May 7th, 2013.
So, I stopped the list this year at 108 items. I probably could have added another 25+ items, but I am tired. I started the list back in April, so I spent 4 months on it. I am already thinking of a different way to format it for next year (perhaps even offering a PDF you can print with photos).
So, as of today, we have 108 San Diego Comic Con 2011 Exclusives listed with Photos.
Thanks to all of you who visited our site during Comic Con.
As of today, we have 60 items in our 2011 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives List.
Each year, we blog about all of the exclusive products that will be at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year. Last year we blogged about 73 exclusives and expect that number to be much higher this year. The Con is all sold out and is scheduled for July 21st through the 24th. So we are just getting started with this year’s list but check back every few days to see what has been added. If you are a manufacturer, please let us know what cool things you are going to offer and we will post it on our blog.
At the end of each blog will be a little exclusive button which will take your right back here for easy navigation.
So stay tuned and we will keep you up-to-date on all thing San Diego Comic-Con.
Kotobukiya is proud to present its convention exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con 2011, a new variant edition of the hit Marvel Comics Fantastic Four bishoujo statue: INVISIBLE WOMAN SDCC 2011 EXCLUSIVE!
The first version of the character in the amazing Marvel Bishoujo collection (combining iconic superheroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) captured the character in her modern outfit with special translucent effects. Now Sue Storm is back again featuring her classic 1980s costume and some great special features, all based on an original character reinterpretation by illustrator Shunya Yamashita!
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! Coming this summer is a limited edition variant of one of the hottest DC Comics Bishoujo Statues yet! The hit line combining DC’s most beautiful female characters with traditional Japanese stylings has seen plenty of heroines, so it’s time to go bad with EVIL SUPERGIRL LIMITED EDITION!
- This color variant of Kotobukiya’s previous Supergirl release is inspired by the Evil Supergirl who first appeared in Supergirl #5, December 2005.
- This statue also includes an evil version of Streaky the Supercat!