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DC reveals the new look of Captain Marvel/Shazam. Shizit or Shizawesome?

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.


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