This episode of BATMAN THE BRAVE & THE BOLD, was by far, the best animated version of Captain Marvel ever. I liked the authentic C.C Beck character design of the characters. It was very well done, epecially the subway mystery train and the wizard's cavern.
The plot is loosley based on DC COMICS PRESENTS ANNUAL # 3, and the script did a very good job of putting Billy and Captain Marvel in the spotlight, rather than Black Adam. Take some notes, Geoff Johns! (and maybe DC editorial and management should take notes, as well!!) Batman pretty much replaces Superman in the team up, and works very well with the Big Red Cheese. He even adopts Uncle Dudley's trick of purposely messing up pronouncing Shazam's name. Since SMALLVILLE has made Superman and Green Arrow the new Super best Friends, Batman and Captain Marvel make a much better World's Finest team.
Nice touches include the Captain Marvel comic book covers of the 1940s and 1970s hanging on Billy's walls, ace reporter Tom Tyler, and using Aunt Minerva as the social worker who runs the orphanage where Billy lives. The one thing I thought seemed a little off was giving British accents to the Sivana family. It made them seem more like Marvelman/Miracleman's Dr Gargunza. And isn't "Captain Sivana's" costume supposed to be green and gold?
The end, where Batman brings the Bromfields into Billy's life, is a perfect set up for more episodes with Captain Marvel. I would love it if the creative team behind this episode were to produce a SHAZAM animated spin-off series, or at the very least, a direct to DVD animated feature....perhaps based on Jeff Smith's MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL mini series.
Wouldn't that be nice? OK, DC, WB and Cartoon Network....GIVE US MORE!!!
« Back to index
This website, its operator, and any content contained on this site relating to Captain Marvel/Shazam and related properties are not authorized by DC Comics. This site is not sponsored, approved or authorized by DC Comics. The opinions of this site are not necessarily those of DC Comics and this site is not an authoratative voice of the views of Captain Marvel/Shazam and related properties and characters and situations as written by DC Comics. This site serves as a non-profit scholarly work which reviews, promotes, and documents the elements of Captain Marvel/Shazam and related properties in comic books and other media during the 20th century and beyond. All ideas in this site are expressed as a continuation of thought covering the pop culture associated with Captain Marvel/Shazam and related properties. These thoughts are not necessarily the ideas of DC Comics. Some illustrations and words are the creation of others that may or may not have appeared in other publications or websites. Their inclusion in this site is not intended as an infringement of their copyright in any way, but rather is done in the interest of documenting and reviewing pieces of pop culture "comic book" history. Captain Marvel/Shazam and related properties and images are © by DC Comics.