BOF HOME
DCCOMICS-ON-FILM.COM -- DC movie news from BOF!
BATMAN-IN-COMICS.COM -- Batman comics news and reviews!
ON-FILM.NET -- Film reviews from BOF!
BOF Podcasts!
BOF 101/FAQ -- Get your basic BOF questions answered!

Review: SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM
Posted by: Jett
November 9, 2010
Follow BOF on TWITTER.COM!
Follow BOF on TWITTER.COM!
Bookmark and Share


If you are a regular reader of this website, you know that Iíve been quite fond of not only the DC Universe PG-13 Animated films (well, except for SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE), but those DC Showcase shorts as well. These DC Showcases feature DCís "second level" characters -- ones that might not be able to carry an entire movie -- such as The Spectre, Jonah Hex, and Green Arrow whom weíve seen previously.

This time around, Captain Marvel is spotlighted in the extended animated short, SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM.

Iíve always had a soft spot in my heart for Captain Marvel -- probably because I was a HUGE fan of the 1970ís SHAZAM! Saturday morning TV show when I was a kid. Iíd LOVE to see this character on the big screen in a live-action film, but that project seems to be stuck in development hell. So if youíre a fan of Ďol Cap, youíre going to have to settle for this right now.

The story revolves around Fawcett City orphan/good kid Billy Batson (Zach Callison) getting interviewed by Clark Kent (George Newbern),the distinguished reporter from Metropolisí DAILY PLANET. Out of the blue, Billy is attacked by a super-powered dude in black leotards with a lightning bold symbol on his chest -- Black Adam (George Vosloo).

With a runtime of about 20 minutes or so, SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM is basically a knockdown, drag-out fight between Black Adam, Superman, and Captain Marvel (Jerry O'Connell). Itís serves as a Captain Marvel origin tale -- albeit a VERY brief one.

All in all, SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM is yet another enjoyable and quality installment of the DC Showcase.

The only issue I have is that I would have preferred that this one be included with an animated film like the previous three. To be frank, unless you are a big fan of Captain Marvel and/or Superman, or do not own the DVDs/BluRays that feature the previous shorts, I donít know if itís worth buying. Not because of quality, but due to quantity in this case.

EXTRAS
* 4 DC Showcase shorts: Superman/Shazam The Return of Black Adam, The Spectre, Jonah Hex, Green Arrow.

* Commentarys by writers Steve Niles, Joe Lansdale, Greg Weisman, and Michael Jelenic (Blu-ray only)

* 4 bonus TV episodes picked by Bruce Timm from DCUís Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The 4 episodes feature Captain Marvel, The Spectre, Jonah Hex, Green Arrow.

GRADE: B+

A life-long Batman fan, "Jett"
is the founder of
BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM
and resides in the great state of Texas.

Batman-On-Film.com on Facebook

BATMAN ON FILM, © 1998-present William E. Ramey. All rights reserved.
BATMAN AND ALL RELATED CHARACTERS AND ELEMENTS ARE TRADEMARKS OF AND © DC COMICS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Read BOF's PRIVACY POLICY.