EDITORIAL: How a Shazam Film Would Work Greatly Towards The New DC Film Universe

Shazam is one of DC`s greatest heroes and icon and they have no plans yet to make a film about him! This is a disaster as many fans know and love the character enough to know this concept could easily work, my thoughts continue.

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By PsychoManiacJacky - 1/13/2014


Hello everyone once again and my fellow followers. I would like to start off with saying yes, I don't know a lot about Shazam. I have seen the DC Showcase short they made with Superman and Shazam teaming up. I guess I read a comic with him. I have also seen the 90s film Kazaam staring Shaq which I believe is based upon the character. Well if Kazaam was a film based on Shazam and that film worked I guess a reboot would work too, but Warner Bros doesn't seem to think so. As the film would need to coincide along with Man of Steel and the upcoming films.

So Kazaam or Shazam also known as Captain Marvel is the alter ego of a kid who was given these magically powers to fight evil and stuff in the image of a tough superhero. His name was Billy and he says Shazam and becomes this superhero and now has to think like a true hero in order to save the day. This concept may sound silly but it's not. Only with a few minor changes you have the perfect film. But why are they truly afraid to make a Shazam film? A great benefit I could think of is that it would greatly bring in the younger market instead of the aging market towards their films. A new hero not many people are familiar with at all since I believe he hasn't been featured in any of the DC animated television shows at all or even a live action series. This is what Marvel does as they did with Thor. With Marvel they managed to have translated a concept as nutty as Thor and turned it into this epic masterpiece. But with Thor being presented within the films it felt more alien. Alien is a keyword when it comes to wanting to make a Shazam film. You need to make the concept feel more alien. Which is for in order for a Shazam film to work they need get rid of the magic concept and add an alien concept instead.



Now I am not saying alien directly as alien but more in terms of the word alienated. An origin and idea so distant and far apart. This is an ideal that was explored in Man of Steel but untimely failed to convey it properly in another reality but in a greater known reality Man of Steel is a version of the title that it brings. This is the chance for Shazam to borrow on those ideals and make it better than ever. Imagine Man of Steel remade with Shazam instead of Superman. As the 90s film Kazaam worked towards that character for those times it is a new era right now Shazam needs to brace himself in. The character of Billy whatever his band is doesn't need to be in it. The idea to seclude Shazam within DC Films current reign is to give him Kryptonian origins. I know they once discussed that idea with Wonder Woman and are still in current talks. But imagine making every hero have a Kryptonian background including Batman. That would be a factor to help the films in the origin factor, to speed up that factor faster in order for the audiences to understand the characters more easily and better.

Shazam could be a direct mirror to Superman in terms of powers abilities. He could even be an evil or alternate universe type version of Superman. Clark Kent says, "SHAZAM!" and he appears to wreck havoc around him. Making Shazam the nightmare is the next stage in his evolution. Making the character the darkest character you will ever meet even darker than his nemesis Adam something. Shazam would have been the most perfect villain for Man of Steel. His constant personality struggling who would be essential. He thinks he is this kid named Billy but is really not and struggles between grasping on life itself. The concept of life really and the harsh realty of being this alternate hero who no one likes at all.



Being the hero no one likes at all brings a stronger character study to Shazam. Remembering the film Kazaam, Shazam was portrayed as a genie played by Shaq. Now how relevant is a genie these days? Maybe they did because of how people thought magic was so cool and hip in those times but in due credit magic still exists to this day. We live in a world of magic that is not created from our imaginations but a world of magic that is pure reality. If Shazam was real he would be a mighty being that would watch over the spirits of everyone. That is the spirit WB should bring to a Shazam film. Like how Santa Clause brings gifts to people every year and this I did get a nice gift from Santa last year! Well back on the topic of things oh and speaking of the film Kazaam portrayed a great version of Shazam and that is the true sense WB should emulate towards the audiences once again. The family friendly stand point that always drives every comic book fan with insane happiness that yes this is a film they could take their friends who don't know about comic book films too!

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Altair - 1/13/2014, 5:49 PM
haha what the friiiiiiiiiiick Jacky?
Praetorian - 1/13/2014, 6:03 PM
Let's hope this universe stays truer to the source material than the MCU for the first time I've lost faith in them
GliderMan - 1/13/2014, 6:27 PM
Has anyone seen the Internship? [frick]ing crazy movie
MrCBM56 - 1/13/2014, 6:27 PM
MrCBM56 - 1/13/2014, 6:27 PM
GliderMan

The comedy? Was it funny?
BenjiWest - 1/13/2014, 6:58 PM
This article is a first ballot entry into the Hall of Lame.
Lhornbk - 1/13/2014, 8:53 PM
I loved the Shazam TV show as a kid. That being said, I have no real desire to see a movie.
pesmerga44 - 1/14/2014, 12:53 AM
Besides what seems like a joke editorial will say my piece on this. Captain Marvel will never get his own movie except possibly way down the line because he is basically Superman with a different origin. I mean come on DC got Captain Marvel because they won a copyright lawsuit against his original creators because he is basically a copy of Superman down to his look.
staypuffed - 1/14/2014, 1:13 AM
The Internship is a piece of shit.
Hemogoblin - 1/14/2014, 7:12 AM
Deff get a spanish guy to play him and hurry up with this great character going into production with a movie or a show. Get it done allready. Wtf
MightyZeus - 1/15/2014, 12:20 AM
I love it. I could see it working.

Please do more articles. I always look forward to reading them.
dethpillow - 1/30/2014, 8:05 PM
i somehow missed this one...and once again, i have to say i think u did it again, Jacky.

people seemed to have missed what you actually said here.

for one thing... Shaq is a good actor. i don't think a lot of people understand that. sure, he's not gonna be winning multiple awards or pulling down trophies on Oscar nights. simply put... he's not your fathers or your mother Robbie De Niro.

he's Shaq. i saw Shaq live once, in person, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, where it was even a stone cold victory, and i saw firsthand that man's talents. and i dare anyone to deny me on that.

so first of all let's put that old myth to rest. once and for all. thank you.

now second point is most people don't seem to be able to grasp the duality of Shazam. how there is some kind of evil Shazam and Black Adam and all the classic DC mythology.

it's very close to the height of arrogance for most people to assume they know better than the venerable and long standing DC institution in comic books. Were they there when Shazam was invented? Did they have a hand in the Superman death issues? Where were they when Batman first faced his ultimate nemesis the Joker, himself?

oh what? they were at home or at work? doing what? oh living their lives? ok, but i guess not making DC history like all the lineage of respected writers and illustrators sure did... month after month, figuring this stuff out. so it's easy for people to point fingers, Jacky, and they don't really understand teh connections at work here.

cuz sure i don't understand Black Adam either, and really maybe Shazam i do understand a little, but point is, I respect it. and that's the difference. that's where these people will never be able to hold up a torch to my respect for this kind of history and the real foundation of work that we have to build on now to go forward. they are like mincers and anklebiters, shallow dogs and spoilers. bottom of the food chain.

i wonder if they've ever thought this.... what if Shazam actually was exactly like your saying... like Superman's entropic balance beam counterweight?
and what if there was a Shazam force, that scientists just recently discovered? somthing like a whole new element called Shazamite?

so picture this dear readers, i wish i could have entered here sooner and set some of them straight on this issue...

Shazam is wandering in ghostlike state over the plains of Metropolis, he is Shaq, and he is wearing a turban and magnificent kingly armbands, he has a placid look on his solemn face and he seems to be searching desperately for some escape from this strange existence. finally he settles on a building within the city and scurries in to hide as a tiny Shaq genie amongst the hustle and bustle of the perfume counter. he is fervently trying to find a place to hide before being noticed and luckily there is an open box of perfume lying out and he jumps in and nestles himself deep into it.

we would hear customers arguing and the sound of auctioneers selling their sweet meats and fresh vegetables. we would hear the clump clump of the fishmonger returning from the early morning's bitter catch and angry that life must be so hard on him. we hear the flagrant prostitute sell her wares on the open market to the highest bidder and coyly making eyes at the winner.

it would be Metropolis in full bloom. and Shaq would be hiding in the perfume box. we would see a montage of the ages as he passed from hand to hand... generation to generation, waiting in vain for his name to be called, we would see children come and go, and some turn old and wither and pass on their belongings to children and grandchildren. until finally, it gets in the hands of young Billy, who immediately recognizes something about it, something in his destiny. Billy would be a normal kid, but also wise beyond years, and he would be ostracized by his playmates and often bullied and made a scapegoat.

so i think this would really set the scene and later it would be shown that it wasn't really Billy but it was young Clark Kent who we were witnessing, and it would add a level of feeling to the Superman character like... wow, he was just a regular kid after all, he wasn't always Superman.but Shazam was what he would say to summon the parasite Shaq who would feed off him in a sickening kind of inner bloodlust and suck the very life out of him and in turn give Billy/Clark the means to squash opposition to his own plans.

it would be a whisper, young Billy/Clark would glare at the man at the movie ticket counter, his little beady eyes narrowing down on the man's throat, pulsing and living, and we would see Shaq, under his chin, like a demonic mentor, goading him into action and the bloodkill of existence and Shaq would be quivering, his tiny head almost in seizure shaking and awaiting his moment of freedom and slowly, young Billy/Clark would utter the whisper...."Shazam!"

and we would see the movie house ticket tearer collapse in pain , howling and flailing his arms as if to beat off an oncoming threat of deathly proportions, but too late. he would fall victim to the horror of the dark side of Shazam's power. and young Billy/Clark would chuckle, he would say ... ho ho ho. and walk up and grind his boot into the already dead flesh of the movie usher's face and he would whisper.... "so what's the story, Robert Horry?" grinding and sickening crunching noises. and he bark "Shaq!" and u would see Shaw turn his attention away from indiscriminately madly consuming different parts of the movie ushers flesh. "Shaq," and whisper "mazahs" and Shaq would whimper and turn into a little puffball that scurried back to billy/Clark's mouth.


and as young Billy/Clark was making his way down the chaotic floor of the mall, police cars would be rushing to the scene and we would hear the gasp and scream of witnessing onlooker, and we would see Billy/Clark smile and make a salute to the camera, do a quick duck and weave dance step and then whisper, to himself, "Lois, be home early, whatcha got cookin.... good lookin?" and Shaq would howl and rage with anticipation for his next field trip to the material plane.

who could realize this new fear of villainy and by contrast, heroism, spread into the world. we would see quickly what this meant for Superman and we would fear the day it might be truly unleashed upon his life.

I think a lot of people are just happy with their jobs and lives and their food and their hobbies.... and maybe they don't realize the true work of a pioneer, Jacky. But no matter, they still get to enjoy the fruits of the labor, which i think is really messed up and kinda annoying. i wish they were punished in some minorly painful way but whatever.

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