DC SHOWCASE: GREEN ARROW
With each DCU feature release we’ve been getting an animated short featuring a DC character that could stand some more public exposure. This time around, we get Green Arrow.
Oliver Queen (Neal McDonough) is on his way to the airport to pickup his girlfriend Black Canary, who he hopes to make his wife. Queen doesn’t want to make his lady angry by being late, but when he arrives at the airport he recognizes a villainous rival archer, Merlyn (Malcolm McDowell), and realizes there’s evil afoot. Soon Queen is in his Green Arrow outfit and finds himself caught up in assassination plot involving a tweenage queen and a classic DC villain.
The Green Arrow short was directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, who has directed the shorts for Jonah Hex and The Spirit is well. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if Dos Santos ever wants a crack at directing one of these DCU animated features, he’s welcome to it as far as I’m concerned. Along with writer Greg Weisman, Santos perfectly captures what makes Green Arrow great: like Batman he has no super powers, isn’t as smart or as well-trained as Batman, but he’s great with a bow, brave, dashing, witty, and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. It’s really hard to hate Green Arrow, and this animated short certainly captures that sentiment.
The Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DVD/Blu-ray comes with the following special features:
- A first look at the next installment of the DC Universe movie: All-Star Superman.
- DC Showcase Short Film: Green Arrow.
- Behind the Story – “The Fourth World: The New Gods” digs into the origin of Darkseid; “New Gods: Mr. Miracle Pod” hones in on High Father’s biological son, Mister Miracle; “New Gods: Orion Pod” dissects the “New Gods” stories further, turning its attention to Orion, Darkseid’s biological son; and “Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton” delves into the history of Supergirl.
- Bonus episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm: Superman The Animated Series -“Little Girl Lost Parts 1 and 2,” “Apokolips Now! Parts 1 and 2″ [NOTE: Only the Blu-ray has all 4 episodes – the DVD only offers 2. The episodes are in low definition in either format]
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will be available on DVD/Blu-Ray Tuesday September 28th.