Let’s see. I could just post the trailer as a Daily Video and move on. But it’s Superman and I’m me so the heck with it!
Superman: Man Of Tomorrow is an upcoming direct-to-video animated movie that brings a younger Superman to Metropolis. How this fits into the more recent New 52 inspired movies I couldn’t tell you. For one thing I didn’t watch any of them (yet) and for another this one isn’t out yet so I can’t very well compare it to anything. With a new trailer out I am curious how well they’re going to tell Superman’s early years. More recent attempts in the comics (who thought letting Frank Miller write a story about Clark Kent’s road to Supermandom was a good idea?) haven’t really worked out. Superman is supposed to be the aspirational hero, who becomes a champion of justice because of his upbringing and not some tragedy in his life. As Professor Geek has said Superman doesn’t become aspirational, he is aspirational and just has to learn how to inspire good in others. Will this movie get that right? Let’s see what it wants us to believe.
“Partial nudity”? I’m always disappointed in seeing a Superman story that isn’t at least kid-friendly. Kids love Superman and today’s “adults” continue to deny them, but the kids who love Batman get everything they want.
I actually like the minor redesign of the costume. The red trunks haven’t been seen in animation for a long time (I think All-Star Superman and I’m happy to see he looks less bulky here) so I’m happy to see them back now that the comics finally got smart. The belt buckle is probably a pain to draw for animation but I think it’s a nice touch, and probably what the Superman Returns costume was going for.
Martian Manhunter is in this and I’m not sure what I think of that. Superman is supposed to be the first superhero (or first modern superhero, depending on whether or not the Justice Society is canon in that particular continuity) but it could work for young Kal-El to have a mentor. I do wonder why he looks like someone took a bite out of his dead, like that marshmallow mascot in Homestar Runner but less creepy. Lois’s redesign is okay but that’s all I can gather on her from the trailer. As for Lobo showing up I’m trying to figure out when Lobo became one of Superman’s rogues gallery members. Superman: The Animated Series maybe? It seems since then everyone wants to reclaim that magic.
As far as the “Clark Kent Factor”, I don’t see a major attempt to make Clark and Superman act or sound differently. Maybe Superman has more confidence in his voice but that’s about it. There are reasons the Kent guise works and it isn’t just the glasses. I do hope we’re not going to get “he’s an alien” as a huge part of his character arc. I’m tired of that. He grew up in Kansas from babyhood. He’s not an immigrant, he’s a first generation Kryptonian-American. SuperGIRL is an immigrant.
From the video description:
Daily Planet intern Clark Kent takes learning-on-the-job to new extremes when Lobo and Parasite set their sights on Metropolis in Superman: Man of Tomorrow, available later in summer 2020 on Digital, 4K, Blu-ray & DVD.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the 41st film in the popular series of DC Universe Movies.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss (Glee, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Emmy nominee Zachary Quinto (Star Trek franchise, Heroes) lead a star-studded cast as the voices of Superman/Clark Kent and Lex Luthor, respectively. The cast also includes Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Baywatch, All My Children) as Lois Lane, Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Parasite/Rudy Jones, Ryan Hurst (The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Remember the Titans) as Lobo, Ike Amadi (Mass Effect 3, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge) as Martian Manhunter, Neil Flynn (The Middle, Scrubs) as Jonathan Kent, Bellamy Young (Scandal, Prodigal Son) as Martha Kent, Cristina Milizia (DC Super Hero Girls) as Maya, Petey & Kaylie, Eugene Byrd (Bones, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures) as Ron Troupe, April Stewart (South Park) as Mrs. Ross, and Piotr Michael (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle) as Perry White, as well as Cissy Jones (Firewatch) and David Chen (Gotham).
Chris Palmer (Voltron: Legendary Defender) is the director of Superman: Man of Tomorrow, utilizing a script by Tim Sheridan (The Death of Superman). Supervising Producer is Butch Lukic.
I will say I’m looking forward to it though. I like the animation style and character design. It’s all bright and colorful, and it might be trying to be fun without being comedic. I hope that’s the case.