Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam - 5 out of 5

After the disappointment that was Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, DC returns to deliver 4 animated shorts and return themselves to the glory with incredible action, fantastic voice acting and superior animation.

The film begins with the origin of Captain Marvel as the young Billy Batson discovers he is Earth's Mightiest Mortal and teams with Superman in order to stop the power crazed Black Adam. We then get to see The Spectre tear it up as he tries to uncover the culprits behind the murder of a film executive. This is followed by a short about one of the coolest, and most underrated, members of The Justice League; Green Arrow. Our arrow slinging hero is thrown into saving a young queen from would-be assassins at an airport lead by the evil Vertigo. Finally, the film closes with a short about the dead-eye gun slinger with a face that only a mother could love; Jonah Hex.

While the shorts about Hex, Green Arrow and The Spectre have all been released on other DC animated DVD's, they are here in all extended version glory. Each of these animated shorts offer up great animation--especially in The Spectre one as they make it look like a grindhouse feature filled with scratches and burn marks on the film. Also, because of their short lengths, these shorts are filled--over flowing even--with hardcore, not for the weak of constitution action. Seriously, they do NOT shy away from the violence on this one--especially in The Spectre one. Speaking of which, why haven't we had a movie of The Spectre? Or Green Arrow for that matter? Both are awesome characters.

This DVD collection of short films is a great addition to the already stellar franchise of animated movies that DC pumps out and proves why they simply destroy Marvel in the animated film department.

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