Review: Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a while but I’m back and its time for a review. I am a huge fan of Captain Marvel a character that seems to get far less attention than he should. While some argue that he is simply a magic based analog of Superman the initiated few who know the good Captain and his alter ego Billy Batson know there is far more beneath the surface.  While this animated short is far from the perfect origin story it serves as a great introduction to the character. Much of the story is taken from several different sources including the comic Superman/Shazam First Thunder and more recently an episode of Batman the Brave and the Bold. There is an obvious amalgamation of several elements from both stories and a few new modern touches added.

The voice acting is perfect in the cases of George Newbern and Jerry O’Connell voicing Superman and Captain Marvel respectively. Black Adam voiced by Arnold Vosloo seemed lacking in some respect and far less imposing than he should be, I had a similar issue with the casting of Darkseid in Superman/Batman Apocalypse. Overall the short is far better than some of the DC animated films we have had so far which is saying something.

The ending is a bit stunted and abrupt and almost entirely ripped from Batman the brave and the bold. They could have gone with something new but instead chose to opt for something we have already seen. It almost feels like an insult in that respect but most of the DC animated films so far have been mediocre with the good far out weighed by the bad. This is a step in the right direction but far from what could be with the right creative team in control.

Final score for Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam is 3 out of 5.

 

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