Shazam / Captain Marvel


Billy Batson is a youth who works as a radio news reporter and was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name, he is instantly struck by a magic lightning bolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of six mythical figures. Several friends and family members, most notably Marvel Family cohorts Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr., can share Billy's power and become "Marvels" themselves.

Based on sales, Captain Marvel was the most popular superhero of the 1940s, as his Captain Marvel Adventures comic book series sold more copies than Superman and other competing superhero books during the mid-1940s. Because Marvel Comics trademarked their Captain Marvel comic book during the interim between the original Captain Marvel's Fawcett years and DC years, DC Comics is unable to promote and market their Captain Marvel/Marvel Family properties under that name. Since 1972, DC has instead used the trademark Shazam! as the title of their comic books and thus the name under which they market and promote the character. Consequently, Captain Marvel himself is sometimes erroneously referred to as Shazam.
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Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe


Injustice: Gods Among Us


Page Updated:  Oct. 28th, 2023

If you ask me, Shazam's fighting game debut in Mortal Kombat Vs. DC was laughable. His animations were so ugly and terrible in that game, it almost seemed like he was meant to be a joke character (and no, he wasn't a joke character back then).

Shazam's return in Injustice faired much better, overall. Of course, NetherRealm still managed to give him some super-spammy special moves, which look pretty lame. (SHA-SPAM!) However, he does have a few cool moves in the game. Shazam's Injustice appearance is easily his best video game appearance to date. However, I still don't care about the character. I never imagined that there would ever be a Shazam movie (which I actually enjoyed). This goofy-looking old school superhero makes more sense as a comic relief character! They did a good job with the Shazam movies.

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