DC Showcase Shorts Collection Announced With New Captain Marvel Cartoon
August 5, 2010

I’ve enjoyed the DC Showcase cartoons as much or more as the longer animated features they come attached to. Now, Warner Home Video has announced a collection of four of those shorts. To drive purchase of what many superhero animation fans already have, they’re including a previously unseen debut short with Captain Marvel (aka Shazam).

Captain Marvel

The DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection, available November 9, will contain four cartoons:

The cartoons “will be presented in extended formats”. The package is listed as about an hour of content, of which 22 minutes is the new short, so the cartoons should have 2-3 more minutes each, if the extra time is evenly divided. In addition, there will be four “bonus TV series episodes”, or what we used to call “reruns”. That’s on the single-disc DVD (list price $19.98). The Blu-ray ($29.99) will also have digital copies of the shorts and commentaries by “renowned writers Steve Niles, Joe Lansdale, Greg Weisman, and Michael Jelenic”.

Black Adam

Here’s the plot description for Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam:

Clark Kent’s latest interview subject is street kid Billy Batson. What Clark doesn’t know is that Billy is more than a feisty kid with a lot of heart –- he has been chosen by an ancient wizard to represent the good of man as the World’s Mightiest Mortal just by invoking the name of the wizard, “Shazam!” Billy’s powers come none-too-soon, as he also discovers he’s being pursued by a centuries old, murderous villain, Black Adam –- a foe so powerful, even Superman can’t stop him alone. The all-star cast is led by Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan) as Captain Marvel, George Newbern reprising his Justice League role as Superman, Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) as Black Adam, and two-time Emmy Award winner James Garner as The Wizard.

That’s some impressive voice casting. It’s a shame that there are apparently no women in the cartoon, but James Garner — yum!

8 Responses  
Anthony writes:  

Also seems a shame they didn’t let Capt. Marvel stand on his own for his cartoon, instead being paired up with Superman—while I like Superman and Capt. Marvel a lot, would like to see Capt. Marvel and his cast function on their own in a modern production (instead of being the “Mets” to Superman’s “Yankees”). But I’ll be looking forward to the DVD anyway, especially since I haven’t seen any of the “old” shorts on it before… :-)

James Schee writes:  

Looks nifty. I wonder if we’ll ever see DVD/Blu-Rays of the old Filmation(I think?) Shazam cartoon series?

I just saw the Batman movie, with Jonah Hex. I’ve never seen much of the character before. Is there something more to Hex then ugly cowboy? If not… well no wonder the big screen movie flopped.

James Schee writes:  

BTW, did you really just “yum” at someone doing a voice over?:)

Johanna writes:  

Anthony, it seems that no one gets a cartoon these days without some kind of Superman or Batman tie-in, because they’re relying on the big names to draw attention.

James, someone who has read more Jonah Hex than I will have to answer that. I think he is just a scarred cowboy at heart, but he’s also the longest lasting Western character in the DCU, and he’s had some other types of stories, including post-apocalyptic.

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Craig Culwell writes:  

Dear Sir Or Madam:
When is Shazam going to be on dvds.? Please let me know OK.
Craig Culwell


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