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DC Prepares for the "New 52" Debut of Shazam

He's going to have a new name, look and costume this month.

We've heard the news that Captain Marvel is coming back in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE. Only he won't be called Captain Marvel anymore. Billy Batson's adult alter ego will now be known as Shazam.

Today in the New York Post, Geoff Johns said the following:

We changed his name [to Shazam] for a lot of reasons. 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.

From the image included, you can see he's also going to be wearing a cowl and it looks like the lighting on his chest might glow during his transformation.

Shazam will have more ties to magic and fantasy than before. We'll have to wait until March 27 when JUSTICE LEAGUE #7 is on sale to find out more. The big question now is, will he still say "Shazam!" to trigger the transformation? If so, that'd make introducing himself a little difficult.

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Posted by rudorudo

We changed his name to [Shazam]

called it.

Posted by Adnan

@rudorudo: Since he can't say his own name without firing off his powers, I guess he's gotta keep a pack of buisiness cards with him whenever he introduces himself now lol

Posted by ballisticbread

I'm going to miss ol' Cap, but I can still hope that this new incarnation will be as awe-inspiring as his first one, and not be completely different from the Captain Marvel we know and love. I still miss the red though.

Posted by Fr3edom

Hope he is still saying "Shazam!" to transform, really liked it. Curious about the solution DC comes up with.

Posted by WildStyle

I liked his old look better.

Posted by Billy Batson

@Billy Batson said:

/Reserved.
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Posted by movieartman

@ballisticbread:

at first glance the arms, legs look like exposed skin but on closer inspection i think it is red material

Posted by Izaiah
@Fr3edom said:

Hope he is still saying "Shazam!" to transform, really liked it. Curious about the solution DC comes up with.

In Trials of Shazam, saying the word in itself didn't trigger Freddy's transformation, he had to intend to transform for it to work.  So one might as well already consider this issue solved.
Edited by ballisticbread

Hope you're right, he is the "Big Red Cheese" after all, wonder what Sivana will be like in the new 52

Posted by skaarason

hope we get wally west soon !!!

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

No me gusta.

Posted by humanfly26

the reason that people associate "Shazam" with the character is becasue that's the word he uses to change... My guess is that he won't need a word to change anymore, he'll just be able to do it at will, but maybe he'll still say SHAZAM as a nod?

Posted by kevrhon

I don't think that's a hood. I think he's still got that double cape thing going, with the little shortie cape laying over the longer one, and that's the short flap just sort of flipped up temporarily over his head.

Posted by jsphsmth

Liking the costume.

Posted by Herx

"We change his name to shazam for a lot of reasons" none of which were is anyway related to the fact that we're having difficulties with the copyright for the name as we didn't reclame the name straight away after purchasing the original character there by allowing the name itself (but not the character) to fall into public domain, where it was picked up by our friendly competitors at Marvel comics and used for severall of their characters. :P

Legality of the name asside, i cant wait to see the captain back in action once more. don;t mind the hood much, but i'd like to see this "magical twist" that their going to do with him.

Oh, and DC can alawys (if theyre continuing to have legal issues with the captains name) just call him "captain Thunder" again like they did during flashpoint. :)

Posted by ComicMan24

@skaarason said:

hope we get wally west soon !!!

Hope that too but based on what I have seen so far, I doubt it will happen anytime soon.

Posted by kennybaese

The new look is interesting. If he's going to be a part of the magic corner of the DCU they've been building with books like JLD, he'll fit right in.

Posted by Sakurafire

"I call upon the power of Grey Skull!"

Wait, wrong comic.

Edited by MANofSHAZAM

They changed Captain Marvel Jr's name to Shazam when Freddy got his powers back, and their reasoning was that he got his powers from the Gods themselves and not from the Wizard who was dead at the time but later came back. So will there be a Wizard? And what will happen to Black Adam? and more worryingly what will happen with Captain Marvel Jr, and Mary Marvel, if they're introduced later on.

I'm really excited that they're bringing Captain Marvel back and that he's being written by Geoff Johns is great, but I'm still not sure on the name change. He looks cool in his cloak and hood, although I was a fan of the half-cape, and he hasn't got a sash around his waist which is probably a smart move.

Edited by UltimateSMfan

@movieartman said:

@ballisticbread:

at first glance the arms, legs look like exposed skin but on closer inspection i think it is red material

thx for pointin that out i tht we was gonna get a cap that looks like he man with a cape.

@Izaiah said:

@Fr3edom said:

Hope he is still saying "Shazam!" to transform, really liked it. Curious about the solution DC comes up with.

In Trials of Shazam, saying the word in itself didn't trigger Freddy's transformation, he had to intend to transform for it to work. So one might as well already consider this issue solved.

Few, i was totally confused, how he would ever introdue himself to ppl.

Posted by MANofSHAZAM

If people already thought his name was SHAZAM, surely that's more of a reason to show people that his name is actually Captain Marvel and teach people about the character as opposed to changing his name.

Posted by Green ankh

You know how things work in this country..you have to dumb things down for people cuz we can't expect people to think.

Posted by doordoor123

@rudorudo said:

We changed his name to [Shazam]

called it.

Not really. There was an interview a while ago with Geoff Johns where he said that his name would be SHAZAM!

I like the costume. I just hope he stays as kick-ass as he was.

Posted by cattlebattle
@Green ankh said:
You know how things work in this country..you have to dumb things down for people cuz we can't expect people to think.
too true.....
 
way to educate people Johns
 
If nothing else, the redesign looks pretty good
Posted by Danial79

I always thought his name was Shazam, so from John' quote, I guess I wasn't the only one :P

Posted by kevrhon

Interestingly, when Fawcett first developed the character he was published in an ashcan edition and the character's name was Captain Thunder.

When DC licensed the Marvel Family characters in 1972 and returned them to publication, since Marvel had trademarked the name Captain Marvel for their character during the interim between the original Captain Marvel's Fawcett years and the DC years, DC Comics wasn't able to use the name as a title. DC instead used the trademark Shazam! as the title of their comic books. I think that has more do to with why people know him by that name than the fact that he uses the word to transform. As long as most of us have been alive that was the title of the series.

Posted by HolySerpent

It does look like a double cape

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Posted by 1fearless1

Hope he's no longer a little brat. That was the LAMEST part about this character!

Posted by buttersdaman000

Super excited for this but I dont like the name change for the sake of people who dont bother to learn his name.

Posted by Delphic

I'm excited about this.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I wonder if Caps change in name is the reason for Mar-Vells return in AVsX?

Edited by Decept-O

Not sure what to think about this....umm...yeah....OK I don't like it too well, but it is different. Guess I'd have to check it out...maybe.

Hopefully this will just be a temporary and alternate version of Captain Marvel and won't remain this way.

Posted by Grim

idk. Just by that one picture i can tell they are doing waaaaay too much to change the character. Marvel has always been a very happy fellow (to reflect Billy's ever shining optimism).

And the name thing.. kinda throws one of Caps most iconic problems out the door if they remove his requirement for him to say it to change. Its just like with Spideys web shooters. Taking it away seems like a good idea until your searching for weaknesses to make your hero more relatable, and suddenly spidey needs cartridges again.

i guess we will see how this turns out...

Posted by WolfMonkey

over the winter break i had a discussion with my uncle because he thought the character's name was Shazam. I ended up proving his name was Captain Marvel. now how can I face my uncle?

Posted by Kallarkz

hopefully they still allow him to be a physical fighter...i dont need to read about a Spectre light

Edited by ArturoCalaKayVee

Not sure how I feel about Captain Marvel...ahem..excuse me, Shazam, being predominately magic now...I liked him as a strong arm tank who could throw lightning if he felt like it. I hope he still retains his strength and such instead of trading it in for a wand. (despite the fact the God's give him strength, speed, endurance, etc.)

oh, and, so much for an updated look? Congratulations, you gave him a hood, like ooohh aahhhh OH WAIT, is that a belt change, perhaps? Seriously? Lame and overhyped.

Posted by SUPER-MAN 23

Why are all the first appearance of all the characters in the New 52 always having the "angry face" what are they so angry about?

Posted by Gambit1024

Idk how I feel about the hood.

Edited by GothamRed

so what, did marvel win some kind of lawsuit with captain marvel? Is it to avoid confusion by people would don't read past the title? Cause if so then why isn't john constantine called hellblazer by now? As bruce wayne would say "It just raises too many questions."

Posted by Ganthetsward20

My favorite "Shazam" has been the version portrayed in the Young Justice cartoon. I hope they keep him a friendly guy and not make as dark as most of the magical beings we've seen in the new DC universe.

Posted by deadpool25mm

Sounds cool.

Posted by Morpheus_

I'd be lying if I said I don't love the design. And Johns is usually good at reimagining characters while retaining a silver age vibe to them, so I'm not entirely certain his personality will be drastically altered simply because the setting will be "more rooted in fantasy and magic".

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Posted by The Mighty Monarch

This just seem like the lazy way out. "Well, lots of people think he's called SHAZAM, so let's just justify the misinformed." Sigh. While we're at it why don't we change Link's name to Zelda because sometimes people who don't play the game think Zelda's the main character. Who cares about the most dedicated fans, lets pander to the 'kinda sorta' fans.

Posted by Mega_spidey01

@skaarason said:

hope we get wally west soon !!!
Edited by KidSupreme

YES YES YES YES!! I LOVE SHAZAM (AKA CAPTAIN MARVEL) I`m going CRAZY AHAHHAHAAA!!!! I LOVE IT!! .. What change his name.. uh! :( ... I would if Captain Marvel Jr. will also have the name change to Shazam Jr. lol

Posted by wowylied

His skin if really dark, i hope it is only en effect and we will not have an ultimate spider-man bis.

Posted by kevrhon
@GothamRed said:

so what, did marvel win some kind of lawsuit with captain marvel?

Yes. About 40 years ago.  Okay, actually there was no law suit as I recall.  But Marvel trademarked the name "Captain Marvel" back in the 60's after Fawcett quit publishing the original Captain Marvel and before DC got the rights to the character in the 70's.  So DC was forced to use the title "Shazam!" on the cover and for promotion, even though they could still call the character "Captain Marvel."  Like I say, I don't remember there being a lawsuit.
Posted by Billy Batson

LOL at so many using the pic as their av.
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Posted by Or35ti

I never thought of how his transformation would work once he was first announced to be re-named Shazam! I hope nothing changes, I really like him shouting that in order to change. He looks beast in the image tho :)

Posted by Mutant God

so is mary gonna be called Mary Shazam