Shazam

Man of Steel was the start of bigger and hopefully better things for our beloved DC heroes on the big screen and in 2016 when Batman v Superman hits the screen in the summer it'll bring together many of the heroes in one way film. That'll bring us all closer to a big screen adaptation of Justice League but before we get there we will get one more proposed origin film for another hero within the DC Cinematic Universe. That hero will come in the form of Shazam. Shazam is known as the world's mightiest mortal, and in all actuality is actually a child named Billy Batson. He was chosen to be a champion by an ancient wizard so that every time Billy would say "Shazam!" he would be bestowed great powers and become a full sized adult. It is a bit outlandish, and can be difficult to portray on screen. However, there have been rumors for quite sometime of Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" have an unnamed role in the DC Cinematic Universe. With Shazam being talked about as a film and the long standing rumors of him playing the villainous Black Adam alongside his desire to play the part, it makes more sense as to how this film could see the light of day.

As shown in the above video, the origins of the character is shown. However, he does go by the name of Captain Marvel at times throughout the comics, he is more notably referred to go as Shazam. From a cinematic standpoint, it makes more sense to stay away from the name Captain Marvel to avoid confusion of the average viewer that this character is not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Another issue could that the character also can be viewed as a risk by studios. After all, would viewers rather see the powerful Shazam more then the brave but slightly hot-headed Billy Batson? Even more so, the casting could become an issue. The studio would have to make a choice between casting two solid actors in the role or go the Captain America route. Cast the role of Shazam and when he is in the form of Billy Batson, use CGI to make him smaller and more child like. The character would also be a far cry away from the much more powerful and god-like Superman, but his innocence of being a child transformed into a god-like being could be a potential gold mine in terms of story telling on the big screen. It is a bit early to say anything in terms of casting, as plans are only now starting to come to fruition and still the film isn't even confirmed, only heavily rumored.

Another good aspect to bringing in a character like Shazam would be that of his nemesis, Black Adam. Black Adam at first was brought in to be the champion long ago of the ancient wizard, but he fell victim to naturally having an evil heart, making him corrupt. Instead of using his powers to protect the universe, he ended up using them in a way that he saw fit. The way he saw it, he had the powers of a god, so why not be a god himself and he did not see reason to bow before lesser beings. Also, as evident from Marvel's success, creating compelling villains for our heroes is equally crucial. Best case of that would be Loki. Black Adam is already a fan favorite among DC villains and could be a main stay within the DC Cinematic Universe. Casting an actor like The Rock in the role would be a good start as he carries plenty of screen presence and authority much like you'd need for the role.

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Jayfort 2 years ago

The modern Shazam is based on the 1940s Captain Marvel comics published by Fawcett Comics. DC Comics sued Fawcett claiming Captain Marvel was a knock-off of Superman. Ultimately, Fawcett stopped publishing Captain Marvel comics. In the 1960s, Marvel Comics created a new Captain Marvel (a Kree captain by the name of Mar-Vell) and copyrighted the name Captain Marvel for the title of their character's book.

In the 1970s, DC Comics leased the rights to publish the original Captain Marvel but because of Marvel Comics' copyrighting of the name, DC couldn't publish the original character in a comic entitled Captain Marvel. They used Shazam (the name of the ancient wizard who grants Billy Batson the powers of Captain Marvel) as the title for the comic books. Strangely, the character himself could still be called Captain Marvel.

Since the 1970s, the reading public has grown confused about the characters name and, as a result of DC's New 52 (ptui!), they've changed the character's name to Shazam as well.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

should just make it easier and stick to one name, Shazam makes the most sense. Thanks for the comment though


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Geekdom 2 years ago

Jayfort, I have always found the legal issues with Shazam/Captain Marvel fascinating. It just shows how crazy things can get.

Nickalooch, loved the hub and glad you included several media options to help illustrate it.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I appreciate the comment Geekdom

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