Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 2 Episode 10

The Power of Shazam!

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Aired Friday 7:00 PM Apr 02, 2010 on Cartoon Network
8.7
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Captain Marvel's arch-enemies Black Adam and Dr. Sivana unite to strip the World's Mightiest Mortal of his powers, and Batman must aid the hero before it's too late.

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  • The Starro plot gets it's final teaser and Captain Marvel faces Black Adam.

    7.0
    Loved the teaser, it moves the Starro plot forward, ending on a very exciting cliffhanger, more so it has a few intriguing details. Red Tornado may be dead, according to the writer, I believe I read something about it. More interesting is a preview of the Outsiders new costumes, or at least Katana's. The rest of the episode is not as awesome as the teaser. Dr. Sivana and his kids are lame villains, Black Adam was uninteresting as well, but at least he allowed for some great action with Captain Marvel.



    Captain Marvel/Billy Batson was a bit of a waste, again only allowing for some great action scenes with Black Adam and Dr. Sivana. The plot about Billy wanting a family wasn't very well done, it wasn't really explored or even focused enough on, but the ending was still sweet with Billy's sister. The end battle was great, and I liked how Batman used his wits to outsmart Dr. Sivana.



    Overall, this is a decent episode, with a fantastic, intriguing teaser that culminates in another "to be continued".moreless
  • After making a brief guest appearance on the teaser of "Battle Race to Oblivion", Captain Marvel finally returns to guest in a full episode. The resulting story hits all the right notes while avoiding the "dated" cliché of the old 1970s cartoon.moreless

    9.0
    * * * SPOILERS AHEAD * * *



    The episode begins with a great teaser that foreshadows the two-part special featuring Starro. The last scene before the credits roll will definitely leave you wanting more.



    The episode's main story begins right in Fawcett City which is under attack by Dr. Sivana and his children. Batman's timely intervention seems insufficient. Enter Billy Batson who is still at his orphanage listening to the events unfold. Although there is a definite need for him to spring into action, writers of the episode still find time to masterfully weave a few well-placed elements to give the audience insight into Billy's character. We learn he is an orphan who is bullied, and yearns to have a family. We also learn that though he could easily beat up the bullies as Captain Marvel, Billy exercises restraint.



    Nevertheless, the moment passes quickly and Captain Marvel springs into action helping Batman. We soon learn that the attack is a clever rouse. Sivana's true intention was to capture a bit of the magic lightning which powers Billy's transformation. He then uses this to summon Teth Adam from his exile across the cosmos.



    Together, they devise a plan to trick Captain Marvel into revealing the location of the wizard, Shazam. The trap is sprung masterfully, and Black Adam and the Sivana's travel to the Rock of Eternity to confront Shazam in the flesh. At this time, we learn this was all part of Sivana's plan. He soon uses the remaining lightning to forcibly transform Black Adam back into his mortal form, while also using Shazam's own throne to transform himself into "Captain Sivana", a being with powers similar to Captain Marvel.



    The two archenemies duke it out while Batman squares off against the Sivana children. Of course, after easily subduing the youngsters, Batman lends a hand in defeating the empowered Sivana when it becomes clear Captain Marvel will lose. Batman cleverly tricks Sivana into saying the wizard's name, thus reverting "Captain Sivana" back to his mortal form.



    The episode ends on a poignant note with Batman presenting Billy with his twin sister Mary, whom he was able to track down.



    There are more than a few allusions to the Captain Marvel canon to delight old fans. The dialogue is very tongue-in-cheek, with the right mix of seriousness, wit, and humor to keep the audience engaged.



    The voice acting is spot on. The dialog is able to walk that fine line between sounding reminiscent of old Saturday morning cartoons, while not seeming cliché and cheesy.



    By and large, a very entertaining episode well-worth watching more than once.moreless
John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

Black Adam

Guest Star

Laraine Newman

Laraine Newman

Ms. Minerva

Guest Star

Jim Piddock

Jim Piddock

Dr. Sivana/Shazam

Guest Star

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Captain Marvel

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Heroes Taken Over By the Starros: Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes), Green Arrow & Speedy, Flash (Jay Garrick), Plastic Man, OMAC, Black Canary, Hawk and Dove, Bronze Tiger, Huntress, Wildcat, Doctor Mid-Nite, Hourman, Mister Miracle & Big Barda, the Outsiders (Black Lightning, Katana, and Metamorpho), Fire, Hawkman (Carter Hall), and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan).

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Faceless Hunter: The time came that my master's eye settled upon a new prize--a blue-green jewel glittering in the ocean of space. This world was warm and inviting, and the primitive inhabitants could be controlled by his psychic parasitic clones. My master learned that this was a planet of heroes, beings with the power to resist the Star Conqueror. It became my mission to subdue the heroes of Earth... and bring them into his evil thrall. They fought bravely, but in the end... all were forced to submit to the Star Conqueror's will. Those not susceptible to mind control were destroyed.

    • Batman: This experiment in terror is over, Dr. Sivana.

    • Captain Marvel: It's truly an honor to fight evildoers besides such a brave and selfless hero again.
      Batman: Uh... thanks.

    • Batman: Beat it, you punks.
      Bully: Oh, yeah? Who's gonna make us?
      Batman: Boo.

    • Captain Marvel: I know it sounds strange, Batman, but there's a kinship between me and Teth-Adam. I can feel it. Shazam!
      Batman: I understand your need for family, Billy. More than you can know.

    • Dr. Sivana: You're no match for my mojo, Bat-Boob!
      Batman: You may have a mortal like me beat, but you'll never be as all-powerful as the wizard Shamaz.
      Dr. Sivana: Bat-brained idiot! It's Shazam. Shazam! Shazam! Oh, no! Wait! (transforms into a mortal)

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