DC Showcase: The Spectre

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DC Showcase: The Spectre
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Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos
Produced by Bruce Timm
Joaquim Dos Santos
Alan Burnett
Bobbie Page
Sam Register
Written by Steve Niles
Starring Gary Cole
Alyssa Milano
Jeff Bennett
Rob Paulsen
Jon Polito
Music by Benjamin Wynn
Jeremy Zuckerman
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release dates
  • February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)
Running time
12 minutes
Language English

DC Showcase: The Spectre is a 2010 short animated film, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and written by Steve Niles, Gary Cole played Detective Jim Corrigan, whose suspects are brought to justice by his alter-ego the Spectre. The film, which was released on February 23, 2010 as a bonus feature on the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD, was the first of the DC Showcase series and was included on the compilation DVD DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection in an extended version.[1]


Foster Brenner, a successful film producer, is killed by a bomb hidden underneath the diving board of his swimming pool. Los Angeles Police Department detective Jim Corrigan, who was having a relationship with Foster's daughter Aimee, starts investigating despite the case having been assigned to another officer. Jim interviews Flemming, Brenner's butler, who shows him security footage of two men in ski masks entering the complex and placing the bomb. Jim asks if Brenner had any enemies, and Flemming replies that any man so wealthy and powerful has many. He tells him that several of Brenner's longtime collaborators were excluded in his latest films and were very unhappy about it.

That night at a special effects warehouse, Drew Flynn sees the late Foster, who accuses him of his murder and transforms into the Spectre, who uses his powers to animate the models and animatronic film monsters to attack Flynn. Flynn is killed by a gigantic gorilla robot. Next he confronts Peter McCoy, who attempts to escape from town with a suitcase full of money. The Spectre takes control of his car before repairing itself and kills McCoy.

Jim arrives at Aimee's house undetected by phasing through the wall. Jim tells Aimee that she is good enough to be an actress in her father's movies. Learning that Aimee was responsible for giving the correct access code for her father's estate to Flynn and McCoy, Jim opens a nearby briefcase, with her father's money. Aimee attempts to reason with Jim while rummaging for a pistol hidden in the desk, claiming that she loves him and that they can be together, but Jim refuses. Aimee aims and shoots five times, but the bullets pass right through Jim, who transforms into the Spectre, and kills Aimee by engulfing her in a tornado of money, which cuts her flesh and being covered in blood. Jim calmly walks away as the police arrive while they cannot see him. Jim narrates that his job is to root out evil, that he is justice and being the Spectre.



  1. ^ Harvey, James (August 5, 2010). "Warner Home Video Unveils "DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection" Release". worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Harvey, James (February 15, 2010). "Extended Cast, Crew List For Upcoming DC Showcase "The Spectre" Animated Short". worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 

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