Zoom: Academy for Superheroes
(more commonly known as Zoom
) is the story of Jack Shepard (Tim Allen
), formerly Captain Zoom of the superhero
group Team Zenith. Years ago, an attempt to boost the powers of Jack and his brother Conner (Concussion) resulted in Conner going mad, killing his teammates, and being exiled into a dimensional vortex by Zoom.
Thirty years later, a retired Shepard is called in to train a group of super-powered youngsters, at Area 52. Unbeknownst to him, the real purpose of their training is so they can battle Concussion, who is on the brink of returning to his home dimension.
The film is loosely based on the Zoom's Academy
children's book series.
Zoom: Academy for Superheroes provides examples of the following tropes:
- Aliens Steal Cattle: Parodied. While cruising in their flying saucer, the team lift up a cow with a Tractor Beam.
- Basement-Dweller: Marsha admits she was this in her youth.
- Brainy Brunette: Marsha.
- Broken Aesop: If the cheerleaders treated Summer horribly before she became a member of the Zoom team, what does it say that they accept her as a member of the team because she has powers that make them look good, dresses like them, is a member of a famous super-team and had a hot boyfriend... or that Summer would even want to become a cheerleader after how she was treated?
- Broken Pedestal: How Martha comes to see her idea of Jack.
- Cool Plane: The flying saucer qualifies.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For most of the film, Marsha is portrayed as a slightly clumsy scientist fangirl. Near the end, we learn that she blows. Literally.
- Cute Bruiser: Cindy, a.k.a. "Princess".
- De-power: Zoom thought this had happened to him after exiling Conner.
- Dueling Movies: With Sky High.
- Easily Forgiven: Conner because his actions were caused by the government's experiments that turned him evil.
- The redheaded telepath/telekenetic almost seems to be a direct copy of Jean Gray.
- Dillon is suspiciously similar to Sky High's Warren.
- Spencer is similar to Bouncing Boy.
- Fartillery: One of the rejected applicants is "Jupiter, the gas giant". Care to guess what his power is?
- Five-Man Band
- General Ripper: Larabie (ironically played by RIP Torn).
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: To an extreme. Blue is good (Zooms powers, Summers necklace, Tuckers soccer uniform) and red is evil (Concussions powers, the cheerleaders uniforms).
- Hey, It's That Guy!:Biff Tannen is Spencer's science teacher.
- Hot Scientist: Marsha (it helps that she's portrayed by Courtney Cox).
- I Love Nuclear Power: Larabie's plan to deal with Concussion's return is to juice the kids with Gamma 13.
- In Name Only: Other than it concerns super-powered people, there is no real overlap between the movie and Jason Lethcoe's original Zoom books and comics.
- Invisibility: Dylan, a.k.a. "Houdini".
- Meganekko: Marsha, who wears glasses throughout the movie and fits the personality somewhat.
- Partial Sizeshifter: Tucker, a.k.a. "Mega Boy".
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Conner lost his mind after being exposed to Gamma 13 radiation, and turned on his own teammates.
- Power Nullifier: Area 52 has a room that acts as this, used to detain unruly supers.
- Product Placement: The team flies their saucer through the drive-through at Wendy's, where Mega Boy orders an insane number of "Frosty" desserts for himself. When they return to base, Jack offers Marsha a Spicy Chicken sandwich.
- Professor X Likes Watching Teenagers Sweat: A humorous example, with a Deadly Training Area that shoots paintballs.
- Psychic Powers: Summer, a.k.a. "Wonder". Also Dylan, a.k.a. "Houdini" (because of his clairvovance).
- Rebuilt Pedestal: How everyone sees Jack after his powers return & he saves Connor
- Retired Badass: Zoom.
- Robot Buddy: Mr. Pibb.
- Sidekick: Doctor Grant: He's even described as such in the prologue.
- The Sixth Ranger: Marsha.
- Super Speed: Zoom (duh!).