Today, DC Comics revealed their new look for Shazam, which they’re now officially calling him instead of Captain Marvel. Shazam has looked basically the same since 1939, and I like the new, eviler, less 1930s do-gooder superhero look and Shazam is a more mysterious name than Captain Marvel anyway, and I always thought of him as “Shazam” more than “Captain Marvel”.
“We changed his name [to Shazam] for a lot of reasons,” said Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “One of them is that Shazam is the word most associated with the character, so we just felt it made sense — a lot of people already thought that was his name, anyway.” With a new origin, a cowl, a lightning bolt on his chest, and a penchant for causing electrical appliances to explode, Shazam still bears similarities to the original hero, including the power to change from feisty teen Billy Batson into a superhero by uttering the magic word that is now his name.
The new Shazam debuts March 21 as a side story in Justice League No. 7. “His place in the world will be far more rooted in fantasy and magic than it ever was before,” Johns said.