Superman: Man of Tomorrow

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Graphic violence and imagery in animated origin story.
  • PG-13
  • 2020
  • 86 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Promotes diversity. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lois Lane's ambition at first helps her attain an early triumph in her career, but she's later portrayed as a cynical opportunist willing to resort to manipulation to be a part of the story. 

Violence

Cartoon violence throughout. Epic superhero battles: characters thrown into walls, buildings, concrete, etc., shown bloodied, beaten. A new supervillain kills the nurses in his hospital room. Monstrous, demonic imagery. Fighting with firearms, flames. Character seemingly dies a fiery death. 

Sex

Brief nudity: Superman loses his clothing to flames while trying to save the day, exposing his buttocks. 

Language

Regular profanity, including "s--t," "a--holes," "ass," "goddamn," "bastard," "bastich," "damn," "hell." Middle-finger gesture. 

Consumerism

Characters from DC Comics. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lobo usually shown smoking a cigar, binge-drinks from a bottle of booze in one scene. Talk of champagne drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Superman: Man of Tomorrow is a 2020 animated movie in which Clark Kent is just starting out as an intern at the Daily Planet while learning how to be the Man of Steel in Metropolis. Expect cartoon violence throughout -- including lengthy fights with firearms, flame, chains, punches, kicks -- that leave characters bloody and beaten, if not killed or presumed dead. Before receiving the hero costume created by his adopted mother, Superman fights in his street clothes, resulting in brief nudity (rear end). There's occasional profanity, including "s--t," "a--holes," and the middle-finger gesture. The character Lobo keeps a cigar in his mouth pretty much all the time, and is shown binge-drinking from a bottle of booze in another scene. Lois Lane's ambition at first helps her attain an early triumph in her career, but she's later portrayed as a cynical opportunist willing to resort to manipulation to be a part of the story. There's some diversity. Some of the alien and monster imagery could be too much for younger viewers, and the graphic content throughout makes this best for teens and older. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjmh493 September 9, 2020

Very good. No sex scenes. About 5 curse words.

Pretty good for kids compared to other animated DC adventures of late. Here are the only parts to look out for.

One nude scene - Clark's buttocks when his... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCalebblaskingVIP14 September 9, 2020

Awesome movie

This movie is awesome because the graphics the powers everything on this movie is cool but this movies has too much violence with blood scences and with superma... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW, Clark Kent (Darren Criss) is working as an intern/coffee boy for the Daily Planet. As Lex Luthor (Zachary Quinto) is publicly busted by the ambitious young reporter Lois Lane (Alexandra Daddario) for blatant corruption, the rocket Luthor had heralded in the press conference veers out of control before Kent uses his Krypton powers to reroute the missile, but he loses his clothes in the process. As Mrs. Kent, back in Smallville, gives Clark what will soon be his iconic superhero costume, Mr. Kent warns Clark of the evil lurking in humankind. Meanwhile, after the missile incident, the bounty hunter Lobo has been alerted to the presence of Superman and begins pursuing him, as Kryptonites fetch a high price on the black market of outer space. In a pitched battle, Superman is rescued by J'Onn (the Martian Manhunter), but unwittingly creates a supervillain known as Parasite in the process. As Parasite gains more power, and Superman continues to develop his, Superman must work with J'Onn and those who are typically his rivals to stop Parasite from reaching the power plant. 

Is it any good?

This movie is probably best for DC fans who can overlook the low-budget animation and some of the underwhelming fight scenes. On the whole, Superman: Man of Tomorrow and its exploration of the early days of Clark Kent's arrival in Metropolis from Smallville is a worthy addition to the Superman canon. That said, it mostly adheres to familiar superhero themes of the blurred lines between good and evil and how good can create evil, etc., and the cynicism of characters like Lois Lane and Lobo gets tiresome, even if this cynicism doesn't rub off on Superman like it does on other superheroes in this universe.

The animation is more reminiscent of the Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s and '80s than anything else. It's not a deal-breaker, but it can be distracting. Still, there are some enjoyable modern takes on the Clark Kent/Superman story. Making Clark an unpaid intern who fetches coffee rather than a cub reporter is as good a comment on where we are with 21st century late-stage capitalism as any. The reason for and creation of the Superman costume is funny and adds a bit of poignancy. These touches help make the movie enjoyable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cartoon violence. Was the violence in Superman: Man of Tomorrow necessary, or did it seem gratuitous? Why?

  • Does the movie promote diversity, and if so, how? 

  • Why do you think "origin stories" are a recurring theme in superhero stories? How are these versions of Superman/Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and other familiar characters similar to and different from other depictions? 

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