A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity: Superman loses his clothing to flames while trying to save the day, exposing his buttocks.
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Regular profanity, including "s--t," "a--holes," "ass," "goddamn," "bastard," "bastich," "damn," "hell." Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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