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  • C.C. Beck, the co-creator of Captain Marvel/Shazam, based the hero's design on Fred MacMurray, who was, at the time of his genesis in 1939, the #1 male box-office star.
  • This movie underwent a series of rewrites that included scripts written by writers such as William Goldman, Bryan Goluboff, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, John August, Darren Lemke, Bill Birch and Geoff Johns.
  • Peter Segal was attached to direct in the mid/late 2000s.
  • Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam in this feature) had starred alongside Arnold Vosloo (Black Adam in Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010)) in "The Mummy" films, where both had played magically empowered antagonists.
  • Dwayne Johnson confirmed in an interview that Shazam! would be released before 2019.
  • Alan Ritchson. Derek Theler, Patrick Warburton, Brandon Molale and Kellan Lutz were considered for the role of Billy Batson/Captain Marvel.
  • Micky Dolenz, of the Monkees, is being considered to play Uncle Dudley. Jackie Earle Haley is a fan favorite to be cast as Dr Sivana. James Belushi is under consideration for Mr Tawny. Virginia Gardner, Haley Bennett, and Tori Anderson are candidates to play Beautia.
  • Alan Alda, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Keaton, and Tony Shalhoub are being considered to play the wizard Shazam.
  • Early in development, the film was titled "Billy Batson & The Legend of Shazam."
  • This is Dwayne Johnson's first comic book movie since Hercules (2014).
  • Sam Raimi had expressed interest in directing the film.
  • Both DC Comics and Marvel Comics have a hero called Captain Marvel, whose films star Djimon Hounsou and release in 2019. However, both are different: Shazam! (2019) is a male teenager who received godly powers and a superhuman form. Captain Marvel (2019) is a female superhero who received alien powers. DC's Captain Marvel is the original, first hitting stands in 1939. DC renamed their New 52/Rebirth version of "Captain Marvel" to "Shazam" in 2012, due in part to Marvel holding the trademark on the name. However, DC still produces versions named Captain Marvel in print and animation.
  • On January 19, 2017, it was announced Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam character would get a solo movie to be made before "Shazam". Brad Peyton is expected to be announced as director, from Darren Lemke's reworked script. Henry Gayden was named new Shazam script writer, as that project moves back into production limbo.
  • D.C. Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns said that Dwayne Johnson won't appear in Shazam as Black Adam. However, He's still doing a Black Adam film, but Dwayne isn't going to be in Shazam!
  • Henry Cavill has been heavily rumored to appear in this film as Superman. In which he'll play a mentor role to Billy Batson.
  • Originally, this was going to be one film with Shazam and Black Adam meeting and clashing, but the producers decided to split the film into two origin films for both characters, with Black Adam being its own story set in Ancient Egypt with other heroes. However, Black Adam is mentioned in the film as an ancient champion the Wizard had chosen, who went bad.
  • Dwayne Johnson once asked his fans on which character he should play, superhero Shazam or supervillain Black Adam. His fans chose Black Adam.
  • Dwayne Johnson wanted Armie Hammer to play Shazam.
  • Micky Dolenz is under consideration to play the role of Uncle Dudley.
  • Executive producer Toby Emmerich said this film is set on the DCEU earth, but it would have a tone unto itself and be completely independent. The film didn't tie into any of the other DCEU films, and there was no appearances by other DCEU characters.
  • On August 6, 2017, David F. Sandberg posted a mock script page that parodied the rivalry between Shazam and Superman. DC Comics sued Fawcett Comics in 1941, claiming that Captain Marvel was a copyright infringement of Superman, and won on appeal in 1953. Fawcett agreed out of court to pay DC $400,000 and cease publication; DC later licensed (1972) and then bought (by 1991) Captain Marvel from Fawcett, marketing it under the title "Shazam!" DC eventually renamed the character "Shazam" in 2012, retaining a version of the traditional Captain Marvel and his cast in their comics in an alternate universe.
  • Jake McDorman, Parker Young, Joshua Sasse, Derek Theler, and John Cena were the front runners for Shazam before the part went to Zachary Levi.
  • This is Zachary Levi's second comic-book role, after Fandral in the MCU's Thor films. This makes him one of the rare few that have appeared in both the MCU and the DC Cinematic Universe.
  • Billy Batson's multi-racial foster family comes from the New 52 DC comics continuity.
  • This is Zachary Levi's second comic book character but he also plays Fandral in the mcu
  • Zachary Levi calls the movie as the Big (1988) but with superpowers.
  • The filmmakers cite the teen fantasies Big (1988) and Stranger Things (2016) as an influence on the film.
  • This is Mark Strong's fifth comic-book feature after working on Kick-Ass (2010), Green Lantern (2011), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).
  • Darla's last name is Dudley. In the comics Captain Marvel had an ally named Dudley H Dudley (in some versions he was an honorary uncle to the Marvel Family, and in other versions he was just a supporting character).
  • Dr Sivana's family in this film comprises of his daughter Beautia and his son Magnificus. He has two other children, Thaddeus Jr. Sivana and Georgian Sivana, who are left out of this film.
  • Jack Dylan Grazer from IT (2017) has signed on to play Freddy Freeman
  • Zachary Levi debuted his buffed-up Shazam physique on 13th April 2018 (almost a year before the release of the film) by posting a shirtless picture of himself on his social media accounts, showing him working out in the gym with a barbell weight. Levi had been teasing his physical transformation for months by posting videos and images of his workouts through his friend and training partner Eric Blackmon, including pictures that showed him flexing his biceps. The shirtless image post by Levi was largely perceived as an attempt to silence his critics online who had been speculating that he did not get in shape for the role after leaked set images showed him in the Shazam super-suit that some fans noticed to be clearly padded. Levi did not quash the rumors but did receive a compliment from fellow DC franchise star Henry Cavill, who is rumored to appear in the film. Cavill, no stranger to posting shirtless selfies himself, wrote "Looking fantastic sir. Bloody nice work!" However some have pointed out that in the photos of Levi flexing he is quite clearly pressing his bicep to his side to make it look bigger than it is.
  • This film marked the second collaboration between Grace Fulton and David F. Sandberg. The first was Annabelle: Creation (2017).
  • Ron Cephas Jones was cast as the Wizard, but scheduling conflicts forced him to back out and he was replaced with Djimon Hounsou
  • Producer Peter Safran's wife Natalia Safran plays the wife of Thadeus Sivana's father, and his daughter Lou Lou Safran plays Thadeus Sivana's twin sisters.
  • According to producer Peter Safran, the film takes place in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), and he indicated there could be crossover interaction between Shazam! and the Justice League in potential future DCEU films.
  • Adam Brody and D.J. Cotrona were set to star in the cancelled 2007 Justice League film, with Brody as The Flash and Cotrona as Superman.
  • Outside of a brief dream sequence cameo in Drew's in a Coma (2001), this film marks the first live action appearance of the Shazam/Captain Marvel character since the Legends of the Superheroes (1979) series in 1979.
  • Fawcett Central High School is named after Fawcett Comics, the company that originally created the Captain Marvel character in 1939.
  • This is Zachary Levi and Djimon Hounsou's second comic book film after the Thor trilogy and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
  • A longtime contender for the role of Captain Marvel/Shazam was actor Brandon Molale who campaigned for many years for the role. He guest starred in Zachary Levi's hit series Chuck (2007).
  • Zachary Levi packed on 20 pounds of muscle for the film, putting his weight at 220 pounds. In an interview with Michael Rosenbaum, Rosenbaum guessed Levi's weight at 215 pounds, but Levi proudly and quickly corrected saying that his weight was 220 pounds.
  • Mark Strong has been openly enthusiastic about playing Sivana, describing him as an "evil bastard" and saying how those roles are always fun to play.
  • Similarly, David F. Sandberg has been excited about doing a superhero film, especially for a character he didn't know as well as others.
  • DC Extended Universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe released their own movies (Shazam! (2019) and Captain Marvel (2019)) about a "Captain Marvel" star character less than a month between one and another. Interestingly enough, both movies feature Djimon Hounsou as a key character.
  • With Spider-Man: Far from Home (coming out the same year), which stars the most kid-friendly superhero of the MCU, with Shazam being the most kid-friendly superhero of the DCEU. Both are absolute Nice Guys who can be quite goofy when using their powers, and the youngest hero of their respective universe.
  • Fan Nickname: The real Captain Marvel, for the people who aren't fond of the name change.
  • Playing Against Type: David F. Sandberg's previous Hollywood pictures were Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation, which are both No Budget horror films. Shazam!, in contrast, is a heavy budget blockbuster and is set to be the most lighthearted film of the DCEU.
  • Production Posse: Sandberg has cast Grace Fulton and his wife Lotta Losten. Both appeared in Annabelle: Creation before, and Lotta Losten also played in Lights Out.
  • Working Title: "Franklin".
  • The development of a Shazam movie started in 2000 with New Line Cinema, producer Peter Safran, and screenwriter John August working on the project, but went nowhere for several years. New Line Cinema was eventually bought by Warner Bros., and August left the production when film executives requested that the movie be made darker due to the success of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008). From there, the project shifted development from a movie to a television series in 2013 - but Segal stated that, at that point, the adaptation was unlikely to happen. The film was saved in 2014 when DC announced plans to adapt the character to film, and was confirmed to be in development later in the year. David F. Sandberg was eventually announced to helm the film in July 2017.
  • Ron Cephas Jones was initially cast in the role of the Wizard, but scheduling conflicts led to him leaving the film and ended up being replaced by Djimon Hounsou. Notably, this news only broke months later, when filming was done and in post-production, in contrast to the many immediate reports of on-set drama for previous DCEU films.
  • Originally, Black Adam was to debut in this film portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, but the producers decided to split the film into two origin films for both characters.
  • Henry Cavill was in talks to reprise his role as Superman for a cameo, but was unable to due to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).
  • The film takes place in Philadelphia, but was mostly filmed in Toronto.
  • Frank Coghlan Jr. and Les Tremayne, who played Billy Batson and Mentor in Shazam! (1974), might have been upset that now when Billy shouts Shazam he doesn't turn into Captain Marvel as the original comic books, movie serial and their TV series depicted, since "Captain Marvel" now having been appropriated for a whole different movie.
  • Micky Dolenz was considered to play Uncle Dudley.
  • Jackie Earle Haley was a fan favorite to be cast as Dr Sivana.
  • Jim Belushi was under consideration for Mr. Tawny.
  • Jim Belushi is under consideration for Mr Tawny.
  • Virginia Gardner, Hunter King, and Tori Anderson were candidates to play Beautia Sivana; the character does not appear in the final film.
  • Alan Alda, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Keaton and Tony Shalhoub were being considered to play the wizard Shazam.
  • Sam Raimi has expressed interest in directing the film.
  • Lou Ferrigno Jr., Derek Theler, Patrick Warburton and Brandon Molale have all been considered by fans as possible candidates for Billy Batson/Captain Marvel.
  • Peter Segal was attached to direct in the early 2000s.
  • This movie underwent a series of rewrites that included scripts written by writers such as William Goldman, Bryan Goluboff, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow and John August.
  • After it was announced at a Comic-Con that Brie Larson was cast for Captain Marvel (2019), CNN ran the headline "Shazam! Brie Larson is Captain Marvel", confusing DC's superhero with Marvel's superhero.
  • In one scene, two characters are seen playing a Mortal Kombat video game. The character of Shazam! (under his original name, Captain Marvel) previously appeared in a "Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe" video game.
  • During the fight in the toy store, Shazam runs across a giant keyboard. This references the film Big (1988) which, like this one, features a boy turning into an adult overnight.
  • This film marks John Glover's fourth appearance in a DC property, after 'Smallville,' 'Batman & Robin,' and as the voice of the Riddler in 'Batman the Animated Series.'
  • Prior to this film the only live-action portrayal of Dr. Sivana was by Howard Morris in Legends of the Superheroes (1979).
  • In most comic-book manifestations, Billy's adventures occur in Fawcett City; in this film, he attends Fawcett High School.
  • Billy's father is identified by the initials "C.C.", this comes from Captain Marvel's original artist C.C. Beck.
  • With his appearance here, John Glover has played the father of both of DC Comics' major bald super-villains; Sivana Sr. in this film, and Lex Luthor's dad on Smallville.
  • John Glover, who plays Thaddeus Sivana's father, has a history in the DC universe as the voice of The Riddler in Batman: The Animated Series (1992), Dr. Jason Woodrue in Batman & Robin (1997), and as Lionel Luthor in Smallville (2001).
  • Throughout the film, Billy Batson displays a liking for tigers: he likes stuffed tigers, his backpack has a tiger on it, and as Shazam his cape clasps have tigers on them. This is a homage to Mr Tawky Tawny, a magical tiger who is Captain Marvel's ally in the comics.
  • Throughout the film, Billy Batson's superpowered form gets a variety of different names, without getting an official name. This is a homage to the controversy over Captain Marvel's name; it keeps changing between different titles (Captain Marvel, Shazam, Captain Thunder) due to the issues with rival company Marvel having a similar name as well as a similar hero called Captain Marvel.
  • The skate ramp where Shazam tests his flight has "Arion" written on it. Arion is the name of an immortal Atlantean sorcerer in the comics who's been both a hero and a villain.
  • The Annabelle doll from director David F. Sandberg's Annabelle: Creation (2017) can be seen in a shop window. Both films starred Grace Fulton. This is the second time that doll has appeared in a DC Comics film; it was last seen in Aquaman (2018).
  • Billy is transported to see the Wizard during a subway ride similarly to the way it happened in the DC animated short, Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010) and the New 52 origin story.
  • When Billy and Freddy are uploading videos of Shazam to YouTube, one of the titles of the videos is Zaptain America. This is a nod to the Marvel superhero Captain America, and indicates that the character exists in the DC movie universe.
  • One of the doors in the Rock of Eternity reveals a room of sentient crocodiles playing poker. These are the Crocodile-Men, enemies of Captain Marvel.
  • The first Shazam! film adaptation since Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941).
  • Shazam! (originally known as Captain Marvel) was the subject of Hollywood's first ever superhero film adaptation: Republic Pictures' Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) in 1941.
  • In one scene, characters are buying beer with the name Bärs Lager. The word "bärs" (roughly pronounced "bearsh") is Swedish slang for "beer", much like "brewski" in American. This is likely a little Easter egg from Swedish director David F. Sandberg.
  • At one point adult Billy/Shazam sarcastically says to Doctor Sivana "Gee Whiz, mister!" Shazam (then known as Captain Marvel) first appeared in Whiz comics in 1940.
  • This is the second role for Mark Strong in a DC film. He previously played Sinestro in Green Lantern (2011).
  • The Shazam character, originally Fawcett Comic's Captain Marvel, came under scrutiny and the lawsuit brought regarding the copyright infringement of Superman eventually forced Fawcett Publications to abandon their comic book franchises. Captain Marvel lived in Fawcett City, and his alter-ego Billy, named after Fawcett founder Captain Billy Fawcett, was a blatant knock-off, the description being: Superman, except he turns into a kid instead of an adult.
  • Among the artifacts visible in the Rock of Eternity is a magic wand with a triangular head, the Ibistick. It is the primary weapon of the Fawcett/DC Comics superhero and ally to the Shazam Family, Ibis the Invincible.
  • In real life, the Sivanna Industries Building is the IDS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • As a nod to the name of the original publisher, Billy Batson is shown to be a student at Fawcett High. In the later DC comics (after DC bought the character in 1991), the boy and superhero were residents of Fawcett City to show this connection, but this movie is very prominently set in Philadelphia.
  • When Envy comes out of Sivana, you can see two cranes that look like thin lit rods in the far distance, one blue and one red. These cranes, during shooting of the movie, were being used to build the University of Pennsylvania's new hospital building.
  • The security officer who monitors the hallways of Billy and Freddy's school is named Moran. The Moran name is a reference to the comic book character Michael Moran, aka "Marvelman" (later known as "Miracleman"). This was a comic book character heavily inspired by Captain Marvel; he transformed into a superhero by saying a special word ("kimota", which is Atomic pronounced backwards) and got his powers from atomic energy rather than magic.
  • Director David F. Sandberg's short animation Vad tyst det blev... (2006) is featured in the background of the Mall scene on a screen.
  • The relics at the Rock of Eternity pay homage to people from Captain Marvel's history: * a magic wand with an ibis on it. This is the Ibistick, the traditional weapon of the magician Ibis the Invincible, who was Shazam's ally. * a burning violin. This was a weapon created by the Captain Marvel villain Oggar, an immortal being who became evil; he gave the violin to a henchman named Nero who used it to spew out fire. * a mirror. In the "New 52" DC comics, the mirror contained a spirit guide named Francesca.
  • Near the abandoned warehouse where Freddy trains Billy and records his powers, a factory with the sign "Ace Chemicals" is in the background. That's the factory where the Joker was born. (The 89 Batman film renamed the factory Axis Chemicals.)
  • The name of the school the kids go to is a reference to Fawcett Comics, the original publisher of Captain Marvel (Shazam).
  • The film primarily adapts elements from Shazam's New 52 origin story. One notable difference is replacing Black Adam with Dr. Thaddeus Sivana as the main villain. In addition the writer for the original source material Geoff Johns which was during his run of the New 52 Justice League series (to which the material originated from) is also one of the Executive Producers for the film. Geoff Johns would also serve as the writer for the Shazam comic book series that began publication in December 2018, which was several months before this film was released.
  • In the original comic storyline, Mary Bromfield was actually Billy's twin sister, separated at birth. She too could summon the magical Marvel powers by saying the word "SHAZAM!"
  • Zachary Levi has portrayed heroes in the Marvel and DC Universe with turns as Billy Batson/ Shazam in Shazam (2019) and Fanadral in Thor: The Dark World and Thor Ragnarok, Mark Strong in Green Lantern and Merlin in the Kingsman films and Dijomon Hounsou as Korath in the Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) and Captain Marvel (2019) and the Wizard in Shazam (2019).
  • Much like in the comics, Billy and Shazam often say 'holy moly'. Despite many efforts to do so, Freddy and Billy are unable to fabricate a catchphrase, but this naturally becomes his.
  • Shazam has a brief encounter with a school security guard that was wearing a name tag "Moran", which Shazam mispronounces as "moron". The Moran name is likely a reference to the comic book character Michael Moran, aka "Marvelman" or "Miracleman" as he is known in North America. This comic book character also transformed into a superhero by saying magical/trigger word, in this instance "Kimota", which is Atomic pronounced backwards. The similarities between the characters and their extended super "families" are striking.
  • Djimon Hounsou has appeared in four comic book films, two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and two in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). He has also played three separate characters. In the MCU, he portrayed Korath in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Captain Marvel (2019) and in DC he appeared as Fisherman King in Aquaman (2018), and as the wizard Shazam in Shazam! Three of those movies premiered within only a four month span.
  • Djimon Hounsou (old Shazam) is the only actor to appear in both Captain Marvel and Shazam!. This is interesting, because Shazam's character was previously called Captain Marvel in the original comics.
  • Zachary Levi is among few actors to appear in both the DC Extended Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He portrays Fandral in Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
  • On the desk of E.B. Glover, there are a collection of smiley faces. This is a nod to the DC limited comic series, "Watchmen." A "Watchmen" television series is expected to be released later this year, 2019, on HBO. The show is created by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers, Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Tomorrowland).
  • The Japanese dub of the film specifically uses voice actors from the comedy saga Gintama: * Shazam is voiced by Masaki Suda (live-action Shinpachi) * Freddy Freeman is voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi (anime Shinpachi) * the Wizard is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita (anime Gintoki) * Dr Sivana is voiced by Takehito Koyasu (anime Takasugi) * Eugene Choi is voiced by Jirô Satô (live-action Takechi Henpeita)
  • This film releases on the 80th anniversary of Captain Marvel's debut.
  • When Super Hero Eugene fires off a bolt at one of the deadly sins, he says "Hadoken!". Hadoken is a special attack in the Street Fighter video game series that fires an energy surge at your opponent (most notably used by characters Ken and Ryu).
  • The Movie starts in 1974. 1974 is the year the Filmation Associates television series Shazam! began airing on CBS.
  • Billy Batson was born in Zumbrota, Minnesota. This is also the birthplace of Shazam creator CC Beck.
  • (Director Cameo) David F. Sandberg: Appears as all three Crocodile-Men (with assistance by puppeteers Neil Morrill and Steve Newburn) and also portrays the voice of Mister Mind.
  • According to the filmmakers, the hardest part of designing the suit was getting the thunderbolt design to fit into the triangular chestplate.
  • In the film, Dr Sivana inserts the Orb of Sin into his eye, which gives him magical powers. In the New 52 DC comics, he got his eye struck by magic lightning which enables him to see magic.
  • One of Freddy's names for super-powered Billy is "Captain Sparklefingers". Marvel Comics' Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) has the nickname "Captain Sparklefists."
  • At one point in the film, John Glover as Mr. Sivana says the line, "Somebody save me!". Glover used to play Lex Luthor's father, Lionel Luthor, on the tv series 'Smallville,', whose opening theme song was "Somebody Save Me".
  • Lotta Losten, who plays Dr. Lynn Crosby, is married to director David F. Sandberg in real life.

Spoilers

  • Wonder Woman may make a cameo appearance in the film. Both Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are connected by a history of Greco-Roman gods.
  • In the comics, Freddy Freeman is eventually granted a portion of the power of Shazam by Billy to become a superhero himself: Captain Marvel Jr. However, considering the whole trademark matter with the Shazam franchise with Marvel Comics, Freddy will likely have a different superhero name if that happens.
  • Shazam is an acronym formed from the names of the gods that grant powers: (Solomon - Wisdom. Hercules - Strength. Atlas - Stamina. Zeus - Power. Achilles - Courage. Mercury - Speed).
  • The mid-credits scene features Mark Strong's character scrawling symbols on the walls of his prison cell. In the original "Captain Marvel" comics, Dr. Sivana was able to escape from jail using a magical mathematical formula that allows him to walk through solid material upon reciting it.
  • You can see Shazam villain Mister Mind when young Thaddeus Sivana enters the Rock of Eternity in a glass display. When Billy enters the Rock of Eternity the dome is broken and Mr. Mind is no longer there. In the mid-credits scene Dr. Sivana is scribbling all over the walls of his cell when Mr. Mind shows up and meets him.
  • Throughout the movie, Freddy comes up with multiple possible superhero names for Billy (Shazam) such as Mr. Philadelphia and Mr. Sparkle Fingers, but they never really settle on a name. This could be alluding to the fact that the character's superhero name in the comic books is Captain Marvel but due to copyright by Marvel Comics, they can not use that name in the movie although they are still permitted to use it in the comic books.
  • This movie has been described as Superman (1978) meets Big (1988). In an homage to Big, Shazam steps on a giant floor piano during a chase scene.
  • As a boy, when Thad sees the demon orb, it is reflected in the right eyeglass lens - a foreshadowing of where the orb nests itself when he returns as an adult.
  • The man listed as Billy Batson's father, C. C. Batson is named after the co-creator C. C. Beck
  • Zachary Levi doesn't appear on screen until 49 minutes into the movie.
  • When the Wizard Shazam mentions his previous champion who unleashed the Seven Deadly Sins, he is referring to Black Adam.
  • The power of Shazam is divided between Billy's siblings based on their personality traits: * Freddy, who is disabled, wields the ability to fly (his suit is blue to match his being a Superman fan) * Pedro, who tries lifting weights, wields the strength of Hercules * Eugene, as a video game fan, wields the power of Zeus and does lightning blasts * Mary, as the most self-sufficient of her siblings, wields the stamina of Atlas and is able to wear out her enemies in attacks. She is also eligible for college, and thus wields the wisdom of Solomon * Darla, who loves running around, wields the speed of Mercury
  • Adam Brody who appears as the adult superhero version of Freddy was at one point casted to play Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash in George Miller's cancelled Justice League: Mortal.
  • D.J. Cotrona who plays the adult superhero version of Pedro was at one point cast to play Superman in George Miller's canceled Justice League: Immortal.
  • Superman's cameo at the end was always planned to happen, and Henry Cavill actually wanted to reprise his role as Superman for the scene. However, the school location was only available for filming for a brief period when Cavill was working on other projects, so they settled for a stand-in who was filmed from the neck down while wearing the costume. Director David F. Sandberg later stated that the scene worked out much funnier this way.
  • The green caterpillar talking to Dr. Sivana in jail is Mr. Mind, one of Shazam's greatest enemies who leads The Monster Society of Evil, a supervillain team whose membership in its various incarnations has included Dr. Sivana and Black Adam among others.
  • D.J. Cotrona was once cast as Clark Kent/Superman for Justice League: Mortal but the project was never made. He gets to play a caped super hero in this movie as Super Hero Pedro.
  • David F. Sandberg plays all three of the Crocodile Men (assisted by puppeteers Steve Newburn and Ned Morill), and also provides the voice of Mister Mind.
  • In the comics, dr Thaddeus B. Sivana is only an archetypical mad scientist, not a demon-possessed superhuman powerhouse. The character has here been conflated with Sabbac, originally a foe of Freddy Freeman (captain marvel jr) whose name is a magic word made up, like Shazam, of the initials of 6 demons granting him powers and, like Billy and his family, he has to utter the name to access his powers. In the latest reboot of the characters (the new 52), Sabbac is explicitly empowered by the 7 deadly sins of man, as is Sivana in the movie.
  • In the original comics, the 7 evil statues on Shazam's rock of eternity were not called the 7 deadly sins but the 7 deadly enemies of man, a more family friendly version of the same idea. Sloth was called laziness, wrath was called hatred, gluttony was selfishness and lust was injustice.
  • The colours of the jackets worn by the foster kids throughout the movie correspond to the colours of the super suits they eventually wear when they become the Shazam Family.
  • Freddy Freeman, known in the comics as Captain Marvel Jr, was music icon Elvis Presley's favourite comic book hero. Presley kept a comic book collection of Captain Marvel Jr comic books, and styled his hair/outfits on Marvel Jr. In a homage, when Freddy gains his superhero form it has a Elvis-style pompadour haircut.
  • Doctor Thaddeus Sivana is based on his original comic incarnation (a scientist and industrialist enemy of Captain Marvel), but also has traits from Shazam villains Black Adam (a former champion who became evil) and Sabbac (a villain empowered by entities of evil).
  • The number 7 plays a major theme in the film. * there were seven wizards, of whom Shazam is the last one * there are Seven Deadly Sins in the film * the incantation to get to the Rock of Eternity are seven symbols, repeated seven times * Freddy wants a house with seven rooms * Marilyn Batson lives in apartment 707 on the seventh floor of her apartment building * There are seven champions in the film - Captain Marvel, his six siblings the Marvel Family, and the former champion Black Adam * Mister Mind mentions the Seven Realms to Dr Sivana. This is also the seventh DC Universe film.
  • The character is shown with the ability to manipulate electricity, a power he does not possess in the comic books.
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