DC Showcase: 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. Queen dons his Green Arrow outfit, jumps in to save the day, and quickly finds himself caught up in assassination plot involving a tweenage queen and a classic DC villain.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if Santos ever wants a crack at directing one of these full-lenght 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.
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex
What’s sad about this particular short is that the DC Showcase team manage to do in ten minutes what the entire Jonah Hex movie couldn’t do at all: Introduce Jonah Hex in a way that generates fan interest and makes you want to follow further adventures of the character onscreen. Thomas Jane (The Punisher) voices Hex, a scarred-face bounty hunter who comes to town in pursuit of his latest bounty, Red Doc (Michael Rooker). Problem is, Red Doc has already been done in by a murderous gang led by a ruthless prostitute (Linda Hamilton). When Hex comes asking questions, the gang set their sights on him next.
This cartoon is everything that the Jonah Hex movie should’ve been and was not: A western that features a badass anti-hero character – none of that supernatural powers crap. If DCU wants to do an entire Hex animated feature in the future, I’m all in.
[SIDE NOTE: Thomas Jane definitely should’ve played Jonah Hex in the live-action movie. Jane even did a makeup test as Hex to audition for the part and still didn’t get it – yet another comic book movie missed opportunity…]
You can find the following special features included on the Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (DC Showcase) DVD/Blu-ray:
- Includes four shorts: Superman/Shazam The Return of Black Adam, The Spectre, Jonah Hex, Green Arrow
- Commentaries by writers Steve Niles, Joe Lansdale, Greg Weisman, and Michael Jelenic (BLU-RAY ONLY)
- Four bonus TV episodes picked by Bruce Timm from DCU’s Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The four episodes each feature a character from the collected DC Showcase shorts (Shazam, The Spectre, Jonah Hex, Green Arrow)
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