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The World’s Mightiest Mortal gets his own movie? Shazam!

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Tired of superhero movies yet? I’m not, since I found that I highly enjoyed X-Men: Days of the Future Past recently. However, announcements of new superhero movies have lost their luster a little, since you sorta expect that there’s going to be two competing Quicksilver movies any day now.

What did surprise me a little was DC’s rumored plans to develop their cinematic universe, and the one that got me most excited was Shazam! I mean… wow… Captain Marvel’s getting a movie? The entire idea of a kid who turns into a superhero with a magic word seems weird and alien in the current superhero movie universes we have these days, especially that somber one being helmed by Zack Snyder.

Now, it could be possible that by the movie release date in July 2016, we will find out that Shazam has been stripped of his goofy optimism and is yet another brooding anti-hero… but I choose to keep the optimism of Pandora and believe that this movie will do right by the character. Especially since it’s rumored that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached. If there’s something that guy doesn’t do, it’s joyless movies.

As Batman once said of Captain Marvel, “I like him. He’s sunny.”

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It ain’t gonna happen, stop spreading rumors!!!!!

As usual, Warner is full of plans but there’s still not much substance to them. There’s been a Captain Marvel in the works for more years than I can remember. I won’t get my hopes up until they’re actually filming. Now, if DC could get its own studio dedicated to its characters and stories like Marvel it would be completely different. As it is, Warner will hem and haw and we’ll get stuck with more Batman and Superman and whatever else finally gets made at the end of process will probably be mediocre at best.

I always thought that Shazam should be a more kid friendly movie than your typical superhero movie. Definitely not dark and somber like how “Dark Knight” or ” Man of Steel” were, but bright, sunny, and genuinely funny. I think the way ” The Incredibles” were handled is a good example: it was fun, but still serious and had very adult themes and implied violence ( like when we find out that all these superheroes were killed).

SHAZAM shoud be like the HARRY POTTER movies. There is sadness in it, it’s about a orphan that has to make ends meet all by himself. That is built-in drama right there. However, it should also be hopeful and have plenty of fun moments and full of the awesomeness of a magical world.

I agree with this article: http://shazamaholic.blogspot.com/2014/04/shazam-movie-and-manifesto-redux.html
The Captain Marvel movie needs to bring back the fun in superheroes that got sucked out by Nolan, Goyer, and Snyder. Sam Raimi should be tapped to direct (oddly, I can also envision Tim Burton making this movie work, as long as he leaves Johnny Depp at home). Derek Theler is perfect to play Capt Marvel. I want to see Micky Dolenz as Uncle Dudley. That would be the scene stealer of the movie.

In 2015, to celebrate his 75th anniversary, Billy Batson is to be presented to the world as the one-and-only original true CAPTAIN MARVEL !

When Billy Batson says the name of the wizard Shazam, he is granted the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, invulnerability of Achilles amd the speed of Mercury. S.H.A.Z.A.M.

WB needs to get Alex Ross to be an associate producer and creative consultant for the movie. If Ross is involved, I would have confidence the movie will be great. The script should be based on Roy Thomas’ NEW BEGINNING. The version of Capt Marvel from the YOUNG JUSTICE animated series was based on Thomas’ mini series, and that’s one of the most popular versions out there. I agree with Daniel that Micky Dolenz would be fantastic as Uncle Dudley, and Derek Theler would be a perfect Captain Marvel. I just DO NOT want to see the new52 “Captain Shazam” with his stupid KKK hoodie, Billy as an unlikable bad attitude punk, and those three new annoying kids wasting screen time.

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