Who is Shazam?
Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel) is a superhero in the DC Comics Universe and the protector of Fawcett City. In his secret identity, he is William Joseph “Billy” Batson, a young boy who was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard’s name, he is struck by a magic thunderbolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of six legendary figures.
Throughout his many adventures, Captain Marvel has fought countless enemies, the most famous being Doctor Sivana, Black Adam, and Mister Mind. However, he has also earned many allies, such as Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr, forming the Marvel Family.
Historically, Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2. However, after the Crisis on Infinite Earths significantly altered the character’s history, Captain Marvel’s first appearance in the Modern Age of Comic Books was in History of the DC Universe #2. After the reboot of the DC Universe (Post-Flashpoint), the character was renamed Shazam and was re-introduced in Justice League (Volume 2) #7.
Before DC Comics gained ownership of the character, Captain Marvel was originally a property of Fawcett Comics. However, a copyright infringement lawsuit from DC Comics stated that Captain Marvel was an illegal infringement of Superman. This caused Fawcett to cease publishing Captain Marvel comics, but DC Comics gained ownership of the Marvel Family characters and returned them to publication.
What did Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson say?
Last week Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson teased a successful meeting at DC Comics, and now we know why! The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that The Rock will now star in his own Black Adam movie, as executives didn’t think it made sense to have him just be a villain and supporting character in Shazam. THR says no writer or filmmaker is attached to Black Adam, but Shazam has a script that is being worked by Henry Gayden. Could The Rock be teaming up with director Brad Peyton for Black Adam? We’ll have to wait and see!