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->''"Millions under siege. One {{Franchise/Superman}} to save them."''

'''''Superman: Unbound''''' is an animated adaptation of the 2008 comic arc ''Superman: Brainiac'' which was released in 2013. Voice actors include MattBomer (''Series/WhiteCollar'') as Superman, ''Series/{{Castle}}'' stars Stana Katic and Molly Quinn in the repsective roles of LoisLane and {{Supergirl}}, and John Noble (''Series/{{Fringe}}'') as Brainiac.
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!!This movie provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: Unlike the comics where the bottled city of Kandor is kept by Superman because he could not restore it to full size, the end of the film sees Kandor restored on a new world[[note]]probably because Metropolis was also bottled and restored in the film and the writers would have otherwise had to explain why one city could be restored and the other one left out[[/note]].
* AdaptationDyeJob: The usually brunet Zor-El and blonde Alura have switched hair colors.
* AlienBlood: And Alien Entrails, at one point, courtesy of the TorsoWithAView trope.
* {{Animesque}}: It's subtle, but a number of the action scenes have a clear anime influence.
* ApocalypseHow: Brainiac vaporizes worlds once he's done with them, or destroys the local star. He didn't bother with Krypton because it was going to go up by itself.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Brainiac''': I am the knowledge and strength of ten thousand worlds. I am flesh and machine. I am becoming everything.
* BareYourMidriff: Supergirl
* BigBrotherIsWatching: Brainiac constantly monitors all activity within his bottled cities, dispatching drones to curb any subversive conversation or actions.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Superman loses a good amount of strength due to Kandor's artificial red sun. He keeps enough to make a successful escape attempt, though.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Lois has a constant line of snark for her hostage takers in the opening.
** The [[AffablyEvil terrorist leader]] gives as good as he gets, for the most part.
* CityInABottle: Brainiac has a whole collection of them.
* CombatTentacles: Brainiac's harvester ship has them, both outside and in.
** His probes have them, too.
* ControlFreak: Braniac UpToEleven, to the point he [[spoiler: combusted into flames when forced into an area he had no control over]].
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: One Brainiac probe is a mildly difficult opponent for Superman before he knows what it is. He mows them down in droves after that. Then goes back to having trouble with one again.
* ConspicuousCGI: Not as blatant as [[SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies some instances]] in the DC animated line, but vehicles such as the helicopters in the opening scene are noticeably CGI.
* CoolStarship: Superman's Kryptonian rocket.
** Brainiac's skull ship is pretty boss, too.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Every city Brainiac keeps, they are clean and in order, but step out of line...
* DeadpanSnarker: Would we recognize Lois any other way? Superman gets into the act as well, such as when Brainiac attacks him:
-->'''Superman''': Not big on people skills, aren't you?
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Lois literally flips Brainiac off while he's [[EvilGloating gloating]] over his domination of Earth. His reaction is priceless.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Lois lampshades this in regards to Supergirl as she takes out the thieves in the beginning, even using the trope name word for word.
** Discussed. Kara explitily states that unlike Clark she did not grow into her powers like she did, she just suddenly had them and unlike her cousin does not have a lifetime of practiced control with them.
* EnhanceButton: Consciously averted with Perry asking how far an image could be zoomed in before loss of detail.
* EyeScream: Brainiac having his eyes replaced with cybernetic ones in the opening sequence.
* FishOutOfWater: Supergirl, who showed up on Earth a few months ago well into her teens. For example, she finds the idea of eating pigs off-putting.
* FlippingTheBird: Lois gives Brainiac ''both'' middle fingers when he's in the middle of some EvilGloating.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After Supergirl takes down the first helicopter, the main focus turns to Lois talking to the terrorist in the other helicopter while [[TeensAreMonsters Supergirl repeatedly smash the first helicopter into a wall]].
* AGodAmI: As Superman points out, Brainiac arranges his collection according to each city's former placement in the galaxy...with himself at the center.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The deaths of most of the people killed by Brainiac's drones, save for one poor resident of Kandor who [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath has his head impaled with blood shooting from the back of it]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Brainiac's decision to spare Krypton because it was going to explode anyway ultimately doomed him. More generally, Superman escapes Kandor by destroying the drones sent to stop him then hitching a ride when they're beamed out for repairs.
* HoldingOutForAHero: Perry speculates that attempting to make humans self-sufficient may be the reason Superman has been gone for weeks.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: They're both superpowered aliens, and her strength and abilities rival his own, but it would take four or five of Kara to make one Clark.
* MagicSkirt: Supergirl wears one.
* MaybeEverAfter: A mild version of this trope. [[spoiler: The last scene before the closing credits shows Clark proposing to Lois in front of the Daily Planet staff. We don't hear her answer but given the conversation they have about their relationship earlier in the movie, "Yes" seems to be a safe assumption.]]
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: No women are seen harmed or killed on screen. We clearly see probes going into Superman's skull complete with blood, but when we see probes about to go into Supergirl's ears, the scene cuts just before it happens.
* MistakenForGay: Lombard points out that Clark is secretive about whether he has a girlfriend and has [[GymBunny a bodybuilder's figure, but isn't into sports]]. Lois throws it right back at him.
* MySkullRunnethOver: Brainiac hooks Superman up to his archive and starts downloading, betting that Superman's brain would liquify after only one world. [[spoiler:Superman then beats Brainiac by taking him out of his ship, overloading him with the constant shifting data of a living world which he so desperately tries to contain in his bottled cities.]]
* MythologyGag: [[{{Film/Superman}} Why does the shot of Superman holding the helicopter in one hand look familiar?]]
** And so does the Fortress of Solitude. The post-''InfiniteCrisis'' comics follow this.
** Superman is finally able to [[CurseCutShort fully tell]] Brainiac to "[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Go to hell.]]"
** In a blink-and-miss scene, Superman stabs Brainiac with two electrical cords just like he did in the ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' episode "Arctic".
** Superman fought a large white space monkey.
** Kara wears a brunette wig and glasses like in ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. She briefly don this disguise in the comics.
** Jimmy Olsen wears a bowtie. His crushing on Supergirl.
** Brainiac's sentries all have the "three connected dots" logo he used in the {{Franchise/DCAU}}.
* NeckLift: See OrificeInvasion below, which naturally lends itself to a ''lot'' of examples of this trope.
* [[spoiler:NeverGrewUp: The people of Kandor (and the other cities) haven't aged since they've been taken. The shielding may have stunted their growth. After being free, they likely can age normally.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Superman boarding Brainiac's ship allows Brainiac to find Earth]].
* NoInfantileAmnesia: Superman claims to have some memories of Krypton despite having left as a baby.
* OffModel: When Superman grabs a chunk of the floor in Kandor, int he next shot, even though he hasn't moved, the floor is fully intact.
* OrificeInvasion: Brainiac's drones are fond of shoving probe cables down victims' throats.
* PatrickStewartSpeech:
-->'''Brainiac''': Such a savage world.
-->'''Superman''': It gives me strength.
* PunchCatch: Brainiac does this to Superman in their first fight. Superman gets to return the favor later.
* PurpleEyes: This film's Lois Lane has them.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Superman's eyes glow red when he's readying his heat ray vision, or often just when he's really pissed. Brainiac's eyes are always red, but they glow more brightly when he's angry.
* ReflectiveEyes: The helicopter chase reflects in Supergirl's eyes.
* SequelHook: See TheStinger.
* ShockwaveClap: Superman does one.
* ShootTheHostage: Bizarrely, the police in the opening have zero problem shooting at the thieves while they're using Lois as a hostage. The ringleader actually points this out, figuring they must not be on good terms.
* ShoutOut:
** In addition to some other similarities to the [[Franchise/MassEffect Reapers]], Brainiac at one point tells Superman "You exist because I allowed you to be", much like [[spoiler:Sovereign]]'s "You exist because we allow it".
** Brainiac being defeated by [[spoiler:removing him from his hermetically-sealed ship]] is a nod to ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
* ShutUpHannibal: Courtesy of Supergirl.
-->"Hey! Plughead! You talk too much!"
* SkeleBot9000: The Brainiac probes, in a nod to Brainiac's Bronze Age incarnation.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Jonathan Kent.]]
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Brainiac's cube boots up in the Fortress of Solitude.]]
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: The Brainiac probes are strong enough to fistfight Superman, but weak enough to be shoved out a window by Lois Lane.
* SuperOCD: Brainiac UpToEleven. Due to what Zor-El believes to be a bug in his programming, he ''must'' learn everything in the universe...but since intelligent beings are constantly changing, he destroys their planets and keeps what he does collect artificially stagnant.
* TeensAreMonsters: When Supergirl and not Superman comes to rescue Lois at the beginning of the movie, Lois points out that her kidnappers should be very afraid, given their opponent is an entity with all the strength of Superman along with...''the hormonal angst of a teenager''.
* TemptingFate: Ma Kent points out that Superman probably acts the way he does because he's afraid of history (i.e. the destruction of Krypton) repeating himself. Cue the appearance of an envoy of the guy who stole Kandor...
* TheThemeParkVersion: The fact that Brainiac's bottled cities are this to the cultures they're meant to represent is repeatedly referenced.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Played with in some of the exchanges between Superman and Supergirl, with the latter strongly implying she's willing to use her powers to kill if necessary. (Later, when we hear of her taking on Somali warlords, it is taken as read that she isn't necessarily letting the bad guys walk away.)
* TorsoWithAView: An alien torso, with [[AlienBlood entrails clearly visible]].
* VerbThis:
-->'''Robot''': Your actions have become subversive.
-->'''Superman''': (''destroys robot'') Subvert that.
* VillainousBreakdown: Brainiac "can't face what [he] can't control."
* TheVoiceless: Cat Grant and Jonathan Kent.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Jimmy Olsen wears one in a departure from the more traditional sweater-vest.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: All the bottled worlds except Metropolis and Kandor.
** [[spoiler:Superman said that he would free them and find new planets for them to live on. He probably did that after defeating Brainiac.]]
** [[spoiler:We don't know if Kara is reunited with her BlackBestFriend. Or if the other Argoans who joined Zor-El and Alura are still alive.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: The thieves in the beginning think they've got their escape all planned out, having timed their heist to coincide with a natural disaster elsewhere in the world so Superman will be occupied. They neglected to read about the second Kryptonian, ''then'' Superman shows up anyway.
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