DC Showcase animated 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. All three titles will be presented in extended formats along with the first-ever release of Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam.
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 (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 (8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter) as The Wizard.
Bruce W. Timm (Superman: Doomsday) is executive producer and Joaquim Dos Santos (Justice League, Avatar: The Last Airbender) is director of the first series of DC Showcase titles. Michael Jelenic (Wonder Woman) wrote the 22-minute script
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 (30 Days of Night), and the voice cast includes Gary Cole (Entourage) and Alyssa Milano (Charmed).
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 (Hung), Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), Michelle Trachtenberg (Mercy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder).
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 (Young Justice) pens this action-packed tale, which features the voices of Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives) as the title character and Malcolm McDowell (Entourage) as his foe.
- Four animation shorts (est. 62 min)
- Four additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm
- Commentaries by renowned writers Steve Niles, Joe R. Lansdale, Greg Weisman and Michael Jelenic (Blu-ray only)
- Digital copy online of the shorts (Blu-ray only)
I Like You was released March 12th, 2010 and stars Jeff Bennett, Steve Blum, Zach Callison, Gary Cole, Grey DeLisle, John Di Maggio, James Garner, Linda Hamilton. The film is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos.
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam was released November 9th, 2010 and stars Zach Callison, James Garner, Josh Keaton, George Newbern, Arnold Vosloo, Jerry O'Connell. The film is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos.