Molly Quinn to Play Supergirl in “Superman: Unbound” Animated Movie
Exciting news! DC is releasing an animated version of the Superman: Brainiac storyline which heavily featured Kara and her backstory on Kandor, and helped bring Kara closer to her cousin and cemented her place as a member of the super family. Molly Quinn (Castle) will voice Supergirl/Kara in the feature which is due out May 2013.
I enjoyed this storyline a lot, and I’m really glad to see DC putting out animated movies of more recent (and relevant) stories. Just wish there was more from the years following Kara’s arrival, which received the animated treatment in Superman: Apocalypse. I can’t imagine how confusing this movie will be to anyone seeing it on Netflix. The PG-13 rating will unfortunately put the movie out of reach for younger viewers, but the original story is graphically violent and potentially traumatic. The trailer promises to deliver on the intense emotional scenes, and then some.
Nitpicks: Some of the anatomy could be better. Kara’s wasp-waist, Clark’s strangely elongated face and overly bulked physique render the characters less attractive than I think the animators realize. This is a case where following the original artist’s character designs would have been a better choice (especially for Superman). These characters looked fantastic as drawn by Gary Frank, and following his interpretation of Superman would have been a big improvement over his design here. I’m not fond of Lois’ look either. Again – why disregard the iconic, gorgeous look Gary Frank created for her? Other nitpicks: don’t like the different shades of blue on Kara and Clark’s costume. And I’m not sure why they messed with the placement of Supergirl’s shield. Her costume was plenty differentiated from Superman’s already, no need to break with canon.
I wonder how much of the original story will make it into the movie? The trailer looks quite epic, with some lovely character moments between Kara and Kal, and Kara and Lois. Kara played a big role in this story, with a strong emotional arc and lots of great action scenes. I’m really looking forward to seeing her playing a important part in this movie.