Sunday, September 5, 2010

DC Showcase: The Spectre

Spoiler Level: Medium

"DC Showcase: The Spectre" is the first in a series of animated shorts that are being included on the DCU Original Animated Movie DVDs.  The wonderful thing about this is that characters who probably wouldn't be able to sell their own DVD can now get the beautiful animated treatment that Batman and Superman have been getting, even if it is only for about 11 minutes.

First off, I have to say I'm impressed with how well this short was made.  It's given a scratchy film look and an awesome 70's pulp-noir inspired soundtrack.  The animation itself is very fluid and fantastic to watch.  And The Spectre himself is in true Wrath of God form.

Having said that, I'm reminded why I tend to only like The Spectre himself as part of the Justice Society and could never get into his solo comic, even when he was Hal Jordan.  The Spirit of Vengeance is just too damn dark for me.  Rich commented that this story was pretty much a horror story, and I've never been very big on horror.

But I can still appreciate it for what it was, and it makes me really look forward to the other DC Showcase shorts that are on the way.  This one is currently available on the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD, but will be gathered with "DC Showcase: Jonah Hex" and "DC Showcase: Green Arrow" in November along with a new 22 minute short, Superman / Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam on DVD in November.

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