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Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the beginnings of a new animated universe now that the previous New 52 inspired one concluded. The animation style is my biggest question mark but I did enjoy the introductions for both Lobo and Martian Manhunter.



Superman: Man of Tomorrow

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Warner Bros. | PG13 – 86 min. – $39.99 | September 8, 2020

Date Published: 09/03/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Chris Palmer
Writer(s): Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster (characters); Tim Sheridan (written by)
Voice Cast: Darren Criss, Zachary Quinto, Alexandra Daddario, Ike Amadi, Ryan Hurst

Features: Featurettes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: (4K/BD) English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video (4K): 2160p/Widescreen 1.78
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Dynamic Range: HDR10
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Codecs: HEVC / H.265 (4K), MPEG-4 AVC (BD)
Region(s): A, B, C

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the 4K Ultra HD I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

Note: The screen captures were taken from the Blu-ray disc and do not represent the 4K Ultra HD transfer.

THE MOVIE — 3.5/5

Plot Synopsis: Meet Clark Kent (DARREN CRISS). Sent to Earth as an infant from the dying planet Krypton, he arrived with as many questions as the number of light-years he traveled. Now a young man, he makes his living in Metropolis as an intern at the “Daily Planet” – alongside reporter Lois Lane (ALEXANDRA DADDARIO) – while secretly wielding his alien powers of flight, super-strength and x-ray vision in the battle for good. Following the fledgling hero as he engages in bloody battles with intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo (RYAN HURST) before fighting for his life with the alien Parasite.

Quick Hit Review: Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the start, at least from my understanding, of a new animated universe as the previous, New 52 inspired, one concluded with Justice League: Apokolips War, which was probably one of the better of that line. This new one was… decent enough. I’m not quite sold on the animation style but the story was a lot of fun with the inclusion of the bombastic Lobo, a proper introduction to Martian Manhunter, and not a total retread on Superman’s origins.

In terms of the voice talent, much like Jason O’Mara, whom I grew to like his Batman, I’m not sure on Darren Criss as Clark Kent/Superman, course following in the footsteps of Tim Daly and, more recently, Jerry O’Connell who gave some great emotional scenes, is a tall task. On the plus side, albeit their roles were limited in comparison, I did like both Zachary Quinto and Alexandra Daddario as Lex Luthor and Lois Lane respectively, Quinto especially is a step up from Rainn Wilson voicing the role previously.

Storywise, it was okay I guess. As I said, I did like they didn’t spend a whole lot of time with yet another origin for Superman, and loved the inclusion of Lobo as he is such a fun character. As villains go, however, Parasite seemed awfully familiar, that’s because he’s pretty much a purple version of Doomsday from Batman v Superman, a creature (albeit formerly human) who absorbs the attacks and adapts to them, very much like Doomsday, to the point where Parasite develops spikes.

As a whole, it’s a solid start to a new animated universe and at least am on board even if I’m not too sure on the animation design.



This release comes with a matted slip cover and inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.


  • Lobo: Natural Force of Chaos (10:23), a profile on the radical alien bounty hunter.
  • Martian Manhunter: Lost and Found (8:47) on the introduction of J’onn J’onzz.
  • A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie (11:56) which is a 1970s inspired, Batman: Soul of the Dragon featuring the voice talents of Michael Jai White, Kelly Hu, Mark Dacascos and others.

Also included are two Episodes of Superman: The Animated Series.


4K VIDEO – 4.5/5, BD VIDEO – 4.25/5

Warner Bros. releases Superman: Man of Tomorrow onto 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray where it’s shown with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and given 2160p and 1080p high-definition transfers, respectively. As with many of these DC animated movies that have received a 4K release, they tend to show off some vibrant colors and it’s a little sharper compared with the Blu-ray, but it’s not a significant difference in doing a comparison. Still, it’s not at a bad transfer on either format.

AUDIO – 4.25/5

Both the 4K and Blu-ray come with the same DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks. I never really find these to be phenomenal with the DTV animated features but this one does have clear dialogue so we know the recording booth was functioning. There is some minor depth during the action sequences at least such as Superman’s fight against Lobo early on or with Parasite through the climax.


OVERALL – 3.5/5

Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the beginnings of a new animated universe now that the previous New 52 inspired one concluded. The animation style is my biggest question mark but I did enjoy the introductions for both Lobo and Martian Manhunter even if the primary villain of Parasite seemed a bit too similar to Doomsday from Batman v Superman.




The screen captures came from the Blu-ray copy and are here to add visuals to the review and do not represent the 4K video.

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