11 July 2010

Superman and Captain Marvel to Clash Again

Captain Marvel AKA Shazam and Superman have crossed paths before in the Justice League Unlimited series as well as in The Superman Batman: Public Enemies DVD. They are set for another encounter in a double length animated short that will anchor a short film DVD compilation (along with rumored longer versions of The Spectre, Jonah Hex, and Green Arrow).

According to a leaked summary, Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam will feature the following story: Clark Kent interviews street kid Billy Batson, he realizes that the feisty kid has a lot of heart. When Billy is chosen by an ancient wizard to turn into the hero Captain Marvel just by invoking the word, "Shazam!" Billy's powers come none-too-soon, because he also discovers that he's being pursued by a centuries' old, murderous villain, Black Adam, who is out to destroy Captain Marvel and is so powerful, not even Superman can stop him. Rated PG-13.

Confirmation of this short lends further credence to a list of potential shorts which also includes Blue Beetle / Booster Gold, Lobo, Catwoman, and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. Though no official release date has been given, Spring 2011 seems likely.
NOTE: Sorry about the lack of sources in this post. The information about rumored shorts came from a post at the toonzone forums, and the info about Superman and Shazam being the next to get released is from a site that does not want to be referenced.


  1. Since both Superman and Batman get enough exposure in the feature-length animated films (and elsewhere), I know that there is some resistance towards either one being featured in these animated shorts. I can see, though, how "Gotham by Gaslight" might work better as a double-length short than as a 70-minute feature.

    Andrew Laubacher

  2. I'm happy to hear this also of course. But I just hope Captain Marvel isn't made the buffoon yet again.