WonderCon 2013: ‘Superman: Unbound’ is unveiled

March 30, 2013 | 1:41 p.m.
Matt Bomer played Superman/Clark Kent in "Superman: Unbound." (DC / Warner Bros.)

Matt Bomer voices Superman/Clark Kent in “Superman: Unbound.” (DC / Warner Bros.)

“Superman: Unbound” is the title of the latest DC Universe animated original movie, but Lois Lane sure gives the Man of Steel a run for his money in the “unbound” department.  A rude gesture having to do with Lane and Brainiac was perhaps the most memorable moment of the film’s world premiere at WonderCon on Friday night.

“I think she’s the best character in the movie,” said screenwriter Bob Goodman during a panel discussion after the screening at the Anaheim Convention Center’s Arena. The film, which features Superman and Supergirl taking on Brainiac, a being that collects cities and destroys worlds, was adapted from a comics storyline written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank. It is rated PG-13 and slated for release on May 7 on DVD/Blu-ray and digital download.

The Q&A featured producer-director James Tucker (“Justice League,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”), Goodman (“Warehouse 13,” “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”) and eight-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano (“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”).  The actors on the panel were Superman himself, Matt Bomer (“White Collar”), and “Castle” actress Molly Quinn, who plays Supergirl.

Romano, probably the most famous wrangler and coach of voice actors in the animated world, talked about not only the diverse actors she worked with on this film, including one John Noble (who played Brainiac), but also her process of finding actors for the roles.

“You get a voice inside your head ….  I have a wish list of actors from just watching what’s on,” said Romano. “I just feel something is right and I choose — and usually, I’m right.”

Molly Quinn played Supergirl in "Superman: Unbound." (DC / Warner Bros.)

Molly Quinn voices Supergirl in “Superman: Unbound.” (DC / Warner Bros.)

Quinn, who plays Nathan Fillion’s daughter on “Castle,” said that her favorite character growing up wasn’t Supergirl.

“It was Poison Ivy.  I don’t know, I guess I just like being bad,” said Quinn. ” But after playing [Supergirl] and seeing the emotions involved, she’ll definitely give Ivy a run for her money.”

For his part, Bomer said he “wore out” a cape given to him by his mother when he was a boy. The actor was more than excited to play Clark Kent/Superman, and was grateful for the mentoring he had received along the way.

“I’m just glad that I had [Tucker and Romano] to guide me through this whole process,” Bomer said.

The audience asked about the possibilities of having a “Superman: Red Son” animated film (Tucker: “It’s on my wish list”) and when we might see the Riddler show up in a film (Moderator Gary Miereanu: “I think you could see him by 2015”).

Miereanu announced that Tucker would be taking over the role of the shepherd of the DCU animated films, with Bruce Timm taking a short leave to pursue other ventures. He added that for Comic-Con, the DCU animated offering would be “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox,” adapted from a DC comics story written by Johns and penciled by Andy Kubert.

— Jevon Phillips

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