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Why Shazam when there is already Superman?

Part of what makes superheroes who they are and attracts readers/viewers to them is their origin stories. Superman is an alien with super powers because of his alien status combined with the light of ...
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Why can Shazam fly?

Hermes/Mercury is well known for his winged shoes, also known as Talaria According to wikipedia(citation needed), they flew the god as swift as any bird. So I would say that even if it not ...
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Why Shazam when there is already Superman?

This can be explained by watching The Big Picture - CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS Shazam was originally called Captain Marvel and was created by Fawcett after Superman because,...
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Seven sins, seven Wizards, seven symbols, seven times repeated, but six super-heroes

It's like that in comics too in current version: The Shazam Family was reintroduced during DC Comics' continuity-altering Flashpoint miniseries in 2011, as six kids who all spoke "Shazam!" ...
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Do Shazam and Man of Steel exist in same universe?

Do these two films exist in the same universe under the same franchise? Yes, and it has been said many times. Such as from indianexpress: The movie is completely trackable on its own merit. That ...
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Why Shazam when there is already Superman?

The biggest difference appears to be the character themselves. Yes, they have very similar powers, but good superhero films don't tend to focus solely on displays of those powers, they get old very ...
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Do they retain their powers permanently?

They retain their powers. They are now part of the Shazam Family, and are their primary members in the comics. Mary: She shares Billy's secret, and by saying "Shazam!" she can gain a ...
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Is Billy Batson the first (only) Shazam?

Yes, there was another Shazam. Sort of. Back in Ancient Egypt, Teth-Adam was granted powers by the wizard Shazam as the wizard believed him to be pure of heart, however Teth-Adam misused his powers ...
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Why does this character die?

On the comics, he is Immortal. In the movie, he is not. The Wizard, as depicted in the comics, is immortal. In the movie, however, he grows old. My job is to protect you the seven worlds of the seven ...
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Emotional immaturity of comic-book version of superhero Shazam

Was the original comic-book version of this superhero also portrayed as lacking in emotional maturity? There have been many retcons of Shazam! over the years. According to this article In 1987, a ...
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Will Billy Batson grow up to look like Shazam?

As Shazam (aka Captain Marvel) has been around for close to 80 years, there have been a number of iterations of the character. In at least one major version, we learn that Billy's Captain Marvel ...
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How do Billy and his friends go to the Rock of Eternity at the end?

Among the six powers Billy received from the wizard, one is the Power of Zeus. Besides, controlling lightening, this power also allows him to teleport from/to Rock of Eternity or to/from somewhere ...
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How do Billy and his friends go to the Rock of Eternity at the end?

The same way they get back from the Rock of Eternity: Shazam powers. When they were not able to find the doorway back to the real world from the Rock of Eternity, Freddy asked Billy how he got back ...
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Can Shazam retain full strength even after sharing it with many people?

Well first of all he broke the staff so he can't create any more "Shazams". In the comics, sharing his power did not diminish his abilities until Jerry Ordway’s Power of Shazam series. However, ...
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How did Billy Batson know about the Seven Sins?

The seven deadly sins have nothing to do with superheroes, they have been talked about in the real world by Christian thinkers since at least the 4th century CE. They appear in “The Parson’s Tale” in ...
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Emotional immaturity of comic-book version of superhero Shazam

Not from the start of the character but after the post-Crisis relaunch, this became his constant trait: The first post-Crisis appearance of Captain Marvel was in the 1986 Legends miniseries. In 1987, ...
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Was Shazam! originally intended for a Christmas-time release?

Christmas features so heavily not because it was originally intended to be released in winter, but because of what the movie is about. It felt like a Christmas movie to the makers. Jenna Anderson in ...
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Why did Shazam! take place in a real city?

From Andrew Dyce's January 2019 interview with director David F. Sandberg in screenrant: Q: Was there a reason that you chose Philadelphia? Sandberg: Well, we went with Geoff Johns' idea. I think he ...
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How can "Shazam" say his name without changing?

In comics: CBR covered it very well with a comic book panel Billy has to say it while giving the word MEANING for it to work as a magic word... So he can get around with it and say it without ...
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How did Billy become eligible to gain Shazam's powers?

Early in the movie, Shazam tests Thadeus Sivana for a pure heart. Disappointed in Sivana's failure, Shazam casts some kind of tracker spell which he commanded to find people of pure heart. They do ...
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Is Billy Batson the first (only) Shazam?

Billy was granted powers by the wizard Shazam because the wizard deemed himself too old to use them. So, technically, the wizard was the first Shazam. From the Captain Marvel Wikipedia page: Whiz ...
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Why Shazam when there is already Superman?

As noted in other answers, going back in comic book history, the character now being called "Shazam" was known as Captain Marvel. He pre-dated the Captain Marvel who you now see on the screen and who ...
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Why Shazam when there is already Superman?

It's pretty common to actually have multiple heroes and/or villains with the same powers or abilities in the same universe. This allows to present the same abilities from the view of a different ...
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How did Billy become eligible to gain Shazam's powers?

As the other answers have already pointed out, the wizard ran out of time and was left with only one choice. The AMC Special Edition comic helps slightly, by showing that Billy (inadvertently?) ...
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Emotional immaturity of comic-book version of superhero Shazam

Supporting the other answers, it bears recalling that in the earliest comics, "SHAZAM" represented an acronym, including the initial S representing "Solomon's wisdom" as a principal part of his power ...
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How do Billy and his friends go to the Rock of Eternity at the end?

Any of the champion "Shazam-ified kids" can access the Rock of Eternity through any door they want. This is explained in Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023), the second film in the series. In ...
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How did Billy become eligible to gain Shazam's powers?

Scene 1: Wizard casts a spell to find out pure hearts. Scene 2: Dr Sivana comes to take the Eye of Sin. and one of the seven sins utter that the wizard is very weak and won't/can't stop him. Scene 3:...
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Shazam's physical and mental powers, based on the Gods

The movie used the entire learning experience to add a comedic aspect and pad the runtime. However, with the wisdom of Solomon, he would have instantly known how to use all his powers. S for the ...
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