Saturday, April 2, 2011

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010)

Featuring: George Newbern, Jerry O'Connell, Thomas Jane, Malcom McDowell. Director: Joaquim Dos Santos.

If you've been following this blog for any length of time then you know that I have a soft spot for animated comic book movies. They make me feel like a little boy again with their action-packed goodness and that makes me happy.

First off I have to say this movie isn't as Netflix advertises. Yes, the main story is a team-up of Superman and Shazam! but it isn't a full feature length movie, it's only 24 minutes. This is actually a collection of four shorts, the Superman/Shazam! story as well as animated shorts from lesser known DC Comics characters  Spectre, Green Arrow and Jonah Hex.

As with all of the other recent DC Comics animated features, the animation and voice acting are all top notch. I did think the Superman/Shazam! feature was a bit cheesy and childish. I really wouldn't be annoyed with that if this was made for kids. The problem is that the rest of the collection is really violent and the subject matter is definitely not OK for little kids. If this was a more consistent collection one way or another it would make a lot more sense but the way it is put together makes it seem like they threw together what they had lying around and packed it onto a disc.

I did enjoy the other three shorts much more than first. You could tell that the creators were willing to take more chances on them. Spectre had a very cool 70's vibe to it, the Green Arrow was an awesome little action short, and Jonah Hex was a cool little stylized western story. That being said, none of them were must-see's, but if you're really into this sort of stuff you'll want to check them out. If you're not a hardcore animated comic book movie fan then you should probably start with some of the other choices I've reviewed previously (click here to see them). 

To add this movie to your Netflix queue click here.

This movie will stream on Netflix until 2/7/12.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? I love these kind of movies.

Is it artsy? No, it's for little kids and kids at heart, well, the first anyway.

What stood out the most to you? Everything except the first short.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking to make sure you watch all comic book movies on Netflix.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 2 Stars. 

Sorry, couldn't find a trailer!

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