DC Comics’ Captain Marvel to be Known as ‘Shazam’, Look Like This
Today's New York Post ran the first image of the new, "New 52" version of DC Comics' Hero Formerly Known as Captain Marvel, who we already know has been renamed "Shazam." Created in 1939 by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character will make his post-reboot debut later this month in Justice League #7, in a back-up story by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.
Shazam editor Brian Cunningham told DC's The Source blog that they've "removed the 'circus strongman' elements from his costume" and "Rather than a traditional cape, he wears a cloak with a hood. There's more of a mystical, magical, fantasy feel to that."
Mystical, magical and fantasy are notes writer Geoff Johns is planning to hit on the character, as well. Said Johns:
With SHAZAM! Gary and I will be focusing on the magic hero instead of the superhero. For centuries science has ruled the world, but now magic is returning. We're telling the story of the hero's young alter ego, Billy Batson, a foster kid at a crossroads in his life. The quesiton is, how does the emotional journey of this troubled teenager collide with the fate of the world?
Perhaps the most telling aspect of the image, however, isn't to be found in the costume itself but in the fact that this is the artwork DC chose to give the NYP as representative of Captain Marvel's new look and direction. Shrouded in darkness, angrily gritting his teeth and seemingly posed in a deep power crouch, it's not the most Captain Marvelous looking image.
Which is probably appropriate, given that he's no longer "Captain Marvel. "