August 6, 2010: George Newbern Returns as Superman in "Superman/Shazam"

Superman vs Captain Marvel The DC Showcase series of animated shorts for 2010 is being collected in a one-disc special edition DVD and a Blu-Ray special edition with the new never before seen 22-minute feature "Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam". George Newbern, the voice of Superman on "Justice League", "Justice League Unlimited", and "Static Shock" returns as the voice of the Man of Tomorrow. Jerry O'Connell who voiced Captain Marvel on "JLU" episode "Clash" returns to voice the Big Red Cheese. Arnold Vosloo ("The Mummy") voices Black Adam. Emmy-winning actor James Garner provides the voice of the wizard Shazam. Here's some more information on the upcoming DVD from the Warner Home Video Press Release:

    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.

    Bruce 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.

    "The DC Showcase allows us to expand the DC Universe with short stories based on intriguing characters - from a 1940s comics sensation like The Spectre to a creation of the 1970s like Jonah Hex - just begging to be presented to a very worthy fan base," said Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment.

    "Whereas DC Universe films have given fans the broad strokes of superhero entertainment, we know devout comics fans will enjoy seeing the characters in the DC Showcase come to animated life - some for the very first time - and we believe this presentation will open a window for new viewers to experience these unique, textured heroes and villains," said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing.

"Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam" and the other DC Showcase shorts will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray November 9, 2010. The Special Edition DVD includes 62 minutes of animated shorts (22 minutes for Superman/Shazam!). The Blu-Ray edition features 2-1/2 hours of bonus content including the same features on the DVD plus commentaries by renowned writers Steve Niles, Joe Lansdale, Greg Weisman and Michael Jelenic; and digital copies available online of the shorts. Both the DVD and the Blu-Ray will include four hand-picked by Bruce Timm TV episodes.

"Green Arrow" will be included as the DC Showcase short on the upcoming "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse".

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