Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (DC Showcase)
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Bruce Timm presents four bonus cartoons featuring Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Shazam!, and The Spectre
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The Original Shazam/Superman is 22 minutes long With the the extra shorts the Green Arrow, Jonah Hex,And Spectre making up the other 39 minutes. The unfortunate part for those who have purchased past animations from Dcu is your basically paying 19.99 for shorts you already own. I hope this wont be a practice we will continue to see from Joaquim Dos Santos and his crew of anime creators.
The Movie itself is a basic knockdown drag out between Some of the Dcu mightiest heros. But everything seemed to be to linear. everything happened just as expected without any real surprises.Situation just happened to unfold just like it was a setup. From the lunch meeting between Clark Kent and Billy to the first introduction of Black Adam. By not having that extra time to create a full storyline we were left with the quick rush rush of events mentality.
If you don't own the others story's this can have some retribution on you you will see some great short story's but to those who have purchased the others your outta luck. Surprised?
The first feature is of Superman/Shazam that actually acts as an origin story for Captain Marvel, which is pretty cool since there's never really been anything done of him outside the comic books. BTW, I need to point out that this is the DC Comics' Captain Marvel who is really the original one, and not the Marvel Comics character of the same name. There's a long history behind that involving copyrights and whatnot, that I suggest you look up on your own time. Anyway, it opens with an evil superpowered baddy called Black Adam arriving on Earth after hitchhiking it across the galaxy for the last 5,000 years. Adam was given the powers of the Greek Gods by the wizard Shazam long ago, but went rogue, so the wizard sent him far into space. Now that he's returned, Adam seeks out the next one who will inherit the powers of Shazam. It turns out to be a young orphen named Billy Batson who is currently being interviewed by Clark Kent for a news report on the homeless(even though he has an apartment). Adam shows up and flings Kent through a wall, although conveniently Superman shows up(weird!)to give him a run for his money.Read more ›
The Specter feature is a pseudo 1970s horror-flick and is animated as if it were a live action film from the era. There are some twists and turns in the story, but the overall arch is a bit cheesy for me. I enjoyed the retro feel, some of the specter being the specter and thats about it. The length of this short really hampers it and puts any possibility of strong story development or character attachment in the very difficult to pull off category. Overall I'd give this short a 2 out of 5.
The Green Arrow minor feature is my favorite of the bunch, it relies, abit, on your prior knowledge of the DC U. Particularly, when it comes to knowing who Dinah is. I like the overall pacing and the the finale of the piece, but still it suffers from "Just getting started" syndrome. It feels like the piece should go one for another 45 minutes building on the story. 3.5 out of 5.
Finally, we have Jonah Hex (Tom Jane). It has a great western feel(as it should with Mr.Hex) to it, but it just doesn't have enough gusto for my liking. 3 out of 5 has a decent fight scene and that is about it. Still wayyyy better than the horrible Jonah Hex movie.
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You know what, that was not a bad flick! Wish it had been a bit longer, seemed like it was only ten minutes long. Still, I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by ThatOneGuy
Wow! Not one, but several mini-stories or shorts from DC Universe!!! These existed before in shorter variations, but these stories on this collection are ALL extended and you now... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Thomas Holmes
Well... Lets just say... Because someone thought that giving them this gift would mean the world to them.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
VERY dark. Did not enjoy any of these short stories after the first one.Published 2 months ago by David Keck
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