WB’s DC animation movie is a hit or miss. You have crappy ones like Superman: Doomsday and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. But then there are the good ones like Batman: Under The Red Hood and Wonder Woman. Superman/Shazam!: The Return Of Black Adam falls in the latter. The cartoon has 4 short episodes with each one running about 15 minutes. They are: The Return Of Black Adam, Spectre, Green Arrow and Jonah Hex. Some of the stories aren’t really meant for kids because of the dark themes. My favorite had to be Spectre because it reminded of revenge flicks like Man On Fire and Death Wish. The animation style for each episode is different, ranging from Western in Jonah Hex to clean animation in Return Of Black Adam.
All of the shorts is an introduction to the characters. Green Arrow was my least favorite but it was still good because of the vulnerability of the character. Director Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender show, not the crappy live action) did a great job focusing on both character development and unique animation. Even the intro is cool and reminds you why you should visit your local comic bookstore more often.
The Netflix stream is presented in HD and Dolby Stereo. The movie is about an hour long and it goes by really quick. This is a movie that anyone can enjoy, even if you don’t like comic books.