On November 9th, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video will debut the DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection, a series of animated shorts featuring favorite heroes from DC Comics. The Blu-Ray and DVD set will compile the first four animated adventures, in a series that plans to produce many more shorts. Three of the shorts initially appeared as special bonus content on the 2010 slate of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The 10- to 12-minute films include The Spectre, Jonah Hex and Green Arrow. The Original Shorts Collection will include all three of this titles in extended formats along with the first-ever release of Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam. Check out a behind the scenes clip
Not included on the disc, but thought it’d be a fun flashback to see what an animated Captain Marvel used to look like!
In 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 of Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam is led by Jerry O’Connell as Captain Marvel, George Newbern reprising his Justice League role as Superman, Arnold Vosloo as Black Adam and two-time Emmy Award winner James Garner as The Wizard.
Other shorts included on the DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection:
The Spectre – A detective story with an ethereal twist featuring an otherworldly character. The short is written by Steve Niles, and stars the voice of Gary Cole and Alyssa Milano
Jonah Hex – The tough-as-nails bounty hunter always gets his man – until someone else gets to him first – in this case a murderous madam who wants to steal more than just his bounty from Jonah Hex. Based on a story from the award-winning Jonah Hex comic series, and scripted by world-renowned author Joe Lansdale. The voice cast is led by Thomas Jane, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Michael Rooker.
Green Arrow – At the Star City International Airport to pick up his girlfriend, Oliver Queen is forced into action as Green Arrow to protect the 10-year-old Princess of Vlatava from his old nemesis Merlyn the Magnificent and the League of Assassins. Greg Weisman, pens this action-packed tale, which features the voices of Neal McDonough as the title character and Malcolm McDowell as his foe.