Shazam rules. He may not be as popular as Superman or as gritty as Batman, but he’s genuinely one of the funniest and weirdest superheroes in DC Comics. If you’ve never read any of Shazam’s solo stories, his catalog might seem a little daunting. The Shazam comic books publishing history has been tied up in lawsuits, and for most of his existence, he went by the name Captain Marvel.
Don’t let that deter you; this superhero with the world’s most memorable catchphrase offers readers of all ages a lot of fun while harking back to the weirdness of the Golden Age of comic books. Shazam has a talking tiger in a leisure suit for a sidekick, a super-powered rabbit at his side, and an archenemy that’s a mind-controlling worm from Venus. There’s no better hero for a super-powered film that's a real comedy instead of a brooding drama.
The 2019 live-action film Shazam! takes a hilarious approach to the character that perfectly fits Shazam's history and his DC Comics persona. The 2023 follow-up, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, follows the same comedic path.
SHAZAM Is Actually An Acronym
Shazam's Alter Ego Is 12-Year-Old Billy Batson
Shazam Is The Original Captain Marvel
There Was A 'Shazam' Spinoff About A Magical Bunny Named 'Hoppy'Photo: Fawcett Comics
Shazam Is One Of The Most Powerful Characters In The DC Universe
One Of His Supporting Characters Is A Talking Tiger