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A Movie Spotlight- ‘Superman/Shazam!’

November 12, 2010

If your someone who enjoyed the DC Universe animated original movies but didn’t bother to pick up the two-disc special edition versions or Blu-Ray’s, and missed out on the DC Showcase shorts than you’re in luck. Because, Warner Premier has released them all on one DVD/Blu-Ray. The DVD/Blu-Ray includes Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, Jonah Hex, Green Arrow, and The Spectre. Also, the special features include executive producer Bruce Timm’s four bonus cartoon picks which feature the before named superheroes (the episode pick that I enjoyed was the Spectre one from Batman: The Brave and The Bold called The Chill of The Night because I did a review of it in a previous post). Something only available on the Blu-Ray is commentary for all the shorts.

As you may or may not of guessed the main and the longest feature of this DVD/Blu-Ray collection is Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam. Basically, if your familiar with Captain Marvel/Shazam’s origin than your familiar with this story, but also adding some new touches that I found interesting like the reason why Billy Batson becomes Captain Marvel at such a young age is because Black Adam arrive to Earth sooner than expected. Another added bonus for fans of the Justice League cartoons was Jerry O’Connell reprising his role as Captain Marvel which is the only recurring voice to appear (sorry Superman fans, no Tim Daly) the rest of the voice cast were adequate, and seemed true to the characters they were portraying.

In regards to the animation itself, all the shorts looked pretty uniform. If you’ve ever seen The Boondocks on Adult Swim I believe they are from the same studio, and if not the style appears similar. The Spectre and Jonah Hex shorts had cinematic themes that really fit the tone of their characters. With the Jonah Hex short there was a hue to the picture that made it look like an old western, and with The Spectre short there were some burn marks along with some graininess to make it look like it had been exposed reminiscent of old Hammer Film Productions and grindhouse films. Run time for all the shorts together is little over an hour (no decompression here).

With all the shorts the characterization of the title heroes were not drastically different for their comic book versions. The Jonah Hex short should be the most accurate because the short was written by the writers of the comic book Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti.

All in all this was a solid package, and at least I got to see the Green Arrow short without having to pay for the Jeph Loeb tainted Superman/Batman: Apocalypse movie.

And please, as always discuss, and by all means share your thoughts in the comments section of this post if you feel free to do so.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2010 8:16 pm

    I saw the Green Arrow short on You Tube. I thought it was well made and fun.

  2. Deemar permalink
    November 16, 2010 12:53 am

    From the previews it looked badass.

    The characters designs in particular Impressed

    • November 16, 2010 3:40 pm

      The character designs were good, but there was one little knit pick, the neck line for Captain Marvel and Black Adam costumes were weirdly wide. Like I said it was a little knit pick and didn’t ruin the movie.

      Black Adam had the best line in the movie, in my opinion, “I did not travel the infinite void of space to fight some man child!”

      • Deemar permalink
        November 23, 2010 10:46 pm

        Awesome toon! DC should stick with this style.

      • November 26, 2010 2:18 pm

        Did you see it Dee? Agreed, I don’t know why Captain Marvel doesn’t have his own show on Cartoon Network this would of made a great first episode, and a great way of introducing the character to a new generation.

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