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DC Showcase: Adam Strange
DC Showcase Adam Strange.jpg
Directed byButch Lukic
Screenplay byJ.M. DeMatteis
Story byButch Lukic
Based onAdam Strange
by Gardner Fox
Produced byButch Lukic
Amy McKenna
Edited byChristopher D. Lozinski
Music byKevin Riepl
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
May 19, 2020
Running time
16 minutes

DC Showcase: Adam Strange is an American animated short superhero film based on the character of the same name produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment.[1] It was included as part of the home media release of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.[2] The film is also part of the "Tomorrowverse" continuity which begun with Superman: Man of Tomorrow, and is followed by Green Lantern: Beware My Power.


Adam Strange's origin story is presented in flashbacks.[N 1] On the Planet Rann, a Thanagarian armada invaded and attacked[N 2], Strange's Rannian wife Alanna was killed in the missile strike, and he had to fight his way while finding his daughter Aleea. During his search, he was randomly teleported to Eden Corp Mining Colony Number 75 in Space Sector 24601 by a Zeta Beam. He swore he would find his way back to Rann and be reunited with Aleea when the Zeta Beam returns. He determines the Beam's arrival by physics, mathematic and scientific calculations, but days, weeks, months and years go by, and the beam dose not arrive. Vexed, haggard and tired, he gives up and resorts to alcohol and gets into fights with local residents of the colony only for the sympathetic forman of the mining colony to pull him out of trouble because he too has a wife and daughter. The people of the mining colony face an attack from bug-like aliens that were dwelling underground where the colony was mining. The Forman tries to ask Strange for help, but he is too drunk to do anything, so they leave him in a shelter to be safe. When he sobers up and see the colony under attack, it reminds him of the attack on Rann and he decides to help. After the aliens are all destroyed, the mine is compromised by awareness that there could be more aliens, and all the surviving miners and their families prepare for departure. The Foreman, grateful for Adam Strange saving him and his family during the attack, offers to give Adam a ride but the latter chooses to stay and wait for the inevitable arrival of the Zeta beam. The spaceship leaves and Adam's rocket pack alerts him that the long-waited Zeta Beam has finally arrived, and he can finally continue his quest for his daughter.



  1. ^ The film takes place before the events of Green Lantern: Beware My Power.
  2. ^ This became known as the First Rannian-Thanagarian War explained in Green Lantern: Beware My Power.


  1. ^ "DC Showcase Animated Shorts to Highlight Sgt Rock, Adam Strange & More". CBR. May 7, 2019.
  2. ^ Mancuso, Vinnie (March 4, 2020). "'Justice League Dark: Apokolips War' Trailer Reveals an R-rated DC Comics Epic". Collider. Archived from the original on March 5, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2020.