There has been a superhero revolution in recent years. Marvel kicked it off with 2008’s Iron Man and has since expanded out into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man cleared the path for Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and several team ensemble movies.
The DC universe, owned by Warner Bros., has tried to get their share of the market in recent years too. Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman have been met with varying levels of acclaim, but the truth is that DC has yet to take a deep dive outside their comfort zone. That may be coming soon.
Warner Bros. is in the early stages of production on Shazam!, a superhero movie about a Superman-esque goody-goody that relies on a wizard’s magic. We took a look at DC’s Shazam! and put together a list of things we know, including an odd sidekick and the latest news on casting.
Who is Shazam?
While he may be lesser known among the current movie-going crowd, Shazam is one of the more prominent superheroes of the mid-20th century. Although the last Shazam! movie came nearly 75 years ago, the hero has maintained his status as one of the important players in DC Comics. The story goes that a young boy named Billy Batson says that phrase, “Shazam!” and becomes a crime-fighting superhero with a Boy Scout-like temperament that would make even Superman roll his eyes.
This power was given to Billy by the wizard Shazam, and he was made to be the champion of good and protector of Fawcett City. Like so many of his hero counterparts, Billy’s parents were killed tragically when he was just a young boy. Also like other superheroes, there was a live-action Shazam television show that ran on CBS in the 1970s.
“Shazam!” actually means something in the history of the character. It’s actually an anagram. Uttering the phrase gives Billy the wisdom of Solomon; the strength of Hercules; the stamina of Atlas; the power of Zeus; the courage of Achilles; and the speed of Mercury.