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Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam

Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam
Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam
Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam
  • PG-13
  • 1h 3m
  • 2010
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Chosen the world's protector against the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man -- pride, envy, greed, hatred, selfishness, laziness and injustice -- young Billy Batson accepts his destiny as Captain Marvel. Battling alongside Superman against nefarious Black Adam, Billy soon discovers the challenge super heroes ultimately face: is it revenge or justice? For bounty hunter Jonah Hex and hard-boiled cop turned vengeance ghost The Spectre, getting their hands dirty is part of the job -- maybe even the fun part. But Superman, Green Arrow and Black Canary follow an internal moral code to guide their actions. They know it's easy to get lost in the darkness of the fight, especially when villans like Merlyn the Magnificent and Count Vertigo place no value on human life.
© 2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. All characters and related elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

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Common Sense Says
Action-packed DCU animation has threat, positive messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam is a short animated superhero adventure with non-stop action and moments of peril, but also plenty of positive messages. When the evil Black Adam (voiced by Arnold Vosloo) lands on Earth determined to kill young orphan Billy Batson (Zach Callison), Billy himself is transformed into a superhero -- Captain Marvel (Jerry O'Connell). Together with Superman (George Newbern), the duo take on Black Adam, resulting in huge, hard-impact fight scenes. Characters are thrown through walls, buildings are destroyed, hands are placed around throats, and there are close-ups of punches to the face. Although there is much peril and threat, no one actually dies or is seriously harmed -- although Superman is briefly seen unconscious. Billy is punched in the face by a bully, leaving a bruise on his cheek. Superman fires laser beams from his eyes, while Black Adam fires lighting bolts from his hands. Billy is shown to be kind and compassionate, always willing to help others, even though he himself has little. This includes standing up for a Black man experiencing homelessness. When this character is later revealed to be a guardian angel, it arguably plays into a problematic "magical Negro" narrative. Language is rare with "ass" and "oh my God" muttered one or twice.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Shorts
  • Release Date:November 9, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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