In addition, which is also interesting, initially, Shazam! named Captain Marvel. In February 1940. Which then sold well in the market. In fact, the sales of his comics are able to beat Superman. Who, at that time, became the ruler of the comics universe in America.
DC Comics, as the owner of Superman, is finally on fire. In 1953, they sued Fawcett Comics, the publisher of Whiz Comics. On charges of copyright infringement. Because the Captain Marvel character is considered to have a lot in common with Superman. The lawsuit makes Captain Marvel suspended. And the comics are no longer published.
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However, even so, after almost two decades had passed (in 1972 to be precise), finally, Fawcett Comics sold the publishing rights to Captain Marvel to DC Comics. However, the problem is, the name can no longer be used. Because it already belongs to another company. Namely: Marvel Comics.
As a solution, DC Comics later changed Captain Marvel’s name to Shazam!. Which has continued to be used since 1972 until now. Like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc., the superhero in the red costume was finally added to the DC Universe in 1991.
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Besides the comics, Shazam! later also became the first superhero character to be made into a live-action series. Which aired on CBS. In 1974-1977. Which was then followed by various animated series. Namely: The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! (1981-1982), Justice League Unlimited (2001-2004), and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011).
After so long, in 2019, it’s finally, Shazam! hit the big screen. Following the other DC Universe superheroes who first existed. Such as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.
Like the comic version, which became the main character in the film version of Shazam! this is an orphan boy. The name is William Joseph “Billy” Batson (Asher Angel). Who is only 14 years old. Who, it is said, repeatedly escaped from the orphanage. Until, finally, he lived with the couple Victor and Rosa Vazquez. Who has five adopted children.
Once upon a time, it is said, Billy got the fortune of a pious child: He was given superpowers by a mysterious old wizard who was 3,000 years old. With this ability, Billy can turn into an adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi). All he needed to do was say one magic word: Shazam!
Shazam’s magic spell! earlier, in fact, stands for the names of six gods with superpowers. Namely: S for Solomon, who is very intelligent and multilingual; H for Hercules, who is very strong; A is for Atlas, whose stamina is infinite; Z for Zeus, who controls lightning; A for Achilles, who was very brave and invincible; and M for Mercury, which is very fast and can fly.
It’s like, from zero to hero. Billy’s life then immediately changed in an instant: From a quiet ababil to a superhero. With the power of six gods at once. However, even so, apart from being a blessing, this drastic change also brought problems for him.
What’s interesting, besides having the superpowers of the six gods, is Shazam! can also hypnotize, bewitch and teleport. However, even so, when he returned in Billy’s form, he always fainted. Due to exhaustion.