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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.
  • During early development, the film was titled "Billy Batson & The Legend of Shazam".
  • Sam Raimi had expressed interest in directing the film.
  • Both DC Comics and Marvel Comics have a hero called Captain Marvel, whose feature film adaptations both star Djimon Hounsou and were both released in 2019. The differences are: * 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 and retained her original form. DC's Captain Marvel is the original, first hitting comic book 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.
  • 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 (2021) 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, who produces the film and who was cast as Black Adam, had his facial features used for the magical portrayal of the champion.
  • Dwayne Johnson once asked his fans which character he should play, superhero Shazam or supervillain Black Adam. His fans chose Black Adam.
  • Dwayne Johnson wanted Armie Hammer to play Shazam.
  • 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.
  • The filmmakers cite the teen fantasies Big (1988) and Stranger Things (2016) as influences.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Appearing in a deleted scene are producer Peter Safran's wife Natalia Safran as Thadeus Sivana's mother, and Safrans daughter Lou Lou Safran as 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 was openly enthusiastic about playing Sivana, describing him as an "evil bastard" and stating that those roles are "always fun to play".
  • The film's working title was "Franklin", after American statesman Benjamin Franklin who was a resident of Philadelphia (where the film is set).
  • 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 being replaced by Djimon Hounsou. Notably, this news only broke months later during post-production, in contrast to the many reports of on-set dramas for previous DCEU films.
  • The film takes place in Philadelphia, but was mostly filmed in Toronto.
  • At one point Billy's Uncle Dudley was considered to appear in the film, with Micky Dolenz considered for the role.
  • Jim Belushi was considered to play Mr. Tawny.
  • Virginia Gardner, Hunter King and Tori Anderson were candidates to play Beautia Sivana, Dr. Sivana's daughter from the comics, but the character was eventually cut out of the film.
  • Alan Alda, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Keaton and Tony Shalhoub were being considered to play the wizard Shazam.
  • 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, Freddy and Shazam play a Mortal Kombat video game. Captain Marvel had previously appeared in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008). Also the players they picked are are Raiden and Johnny Cage. One is a lightning god and the other is a cocky attention-loving celebrity, which respectively fit Shazam and Freddy.
  • During the fight in the toy store, Shazam and Dr. Sivana run across a giant keyboard. This is a reference to Big (1988) which, like this film, features a boy turning into an adult overnight. In the film, Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia play two songs on a similar keyboard in a toy store by hopping on it.
  • 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).
  • In the comics, Captain Marvel had a magical talking tiger, Mr Tawky Tawny, as an ally. In tribute, throughout the film Billy Batson displays a liking for tigers: * he likes stuffed tigers (he actually hands one to a scared little girl) * his backpack has a tiger on it * as Shazam his cape clasps have tigers on them. * when Shazam! is performing "lightning from my hands", the background music being played is Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger".
  • Throughout the film, Billy Batson's super alter ego is referred to by a variety of names. This is a homage to the controversy over Captain Marvel's name, which kept changing between different titles; (Captain Marvel, Shazam, Captain Thunder) due to issues with rival company, Marvel, having a similar name, as well as a similar character; 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 DC 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 star Grace Fulton. This is the second time that doll has appeared in a DC Comics film; it was last seen in Aquaman (2018).
  • 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.
  • 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 "behrsh") is Swedish slang for "beer", much like "brewski" in American. This is likely an 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.
  • The security officer who monitors the hallways of Billy and Freddy's school is named Moran. According to David F. Sandberg, Moran was named after the film's art director John Moran. However, there was a superhero based on Captain Marvel named named Michael Moran, aka "Marvelman" (later known as "Miracleman"). 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 All Quiet Now... (2006) is playing on a screen in the background of the mall scene.
  • The relics at the Rock of Eternity pay homage to people from Captain Marvel's history: * 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 with a face. In the "New 52" DC comics, this mirror contained a spirit guide named Francesca. * A magic wand with an ibis on it. This is the Ibistick, the traditional weapon of the magician Ibis the Invincible, who was Captain Marvel's ally.
  • At the abandoned factory where Freddy trains Billy and records his powers, the sign "Ace Chemicals" can be seen in the background. That's the factory where the Joker was born. (Batman (1989) renamed the factory Axis Chemicals.)
  • This is Djimon Hounsou's fifth comic-book role, after Papa Midnite in Constantine (2005), T'Çhalla in Black Panther (2010), Korath the Pursuer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series and King Ricou in Aquaman (2018).
  • 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 E.B. Glover's desk there is a collection of smiley faces. This is a nod to the DC limited comic series "Watchmen," and may also be a plug for Watchmen (2019).
  • The Japanese dub of the film 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) * Mary Batson is voiced by Aya Hirano (anime Iwai Nobume) * Eugene Choi is voiced by Jirô Satô (live-action Takechi Henpeita)
  • This film releases on the 80th anniversary of Captain Marvel's debut.
  • In the original comics, the 7 evil statues on Shazam's Rock of Eternity were originally known as the Seven 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 film has a prologue set in 1974, the year Shazam! (1974) (the previous live-action adaptation of Captain Marvel) debuted on TV.
  • Billy Batson was born in Zumbrota, Minnesota, the birthplace of Captain Marvel's original artist C.C. Beck.
  • (Director Cameo) David F. Sandberg: Appears as all three Crocodile-Men (with assistance from puppeteers; Neil Morrill and Steve Newburn). He also provides the voice of Mister Mind and Marilyn Batson's boyfriend Travis.
  • 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).
  • 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."
  • Lotta Losten, who plays Dr. Lynn Crosby, is married to director David F. Sandberg.
  • In Freddy Freeman's room you can see old newspaper clippings plastered on his wall. One Daily Planet article headline reads "CAPED WONDER STUNS CITY". This is a direct homage to Richard Donner's original Superman (1978): after Superman's first night of rescues, Perry reads out all of the papers' headlines. The other papers from that scene: The Post: "IT FLIES!" The News: "LOOK MA - NO WIRES!" The Times: "BLUE BOMB BUZZES METROPOLIS".
  • At the Vasquez foster home, there is a bunny toy Darla collects and in the kitchen there is a silver bunny towel rack and a bunny picture beside the breadbox. These are a homage to Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, a magical bunny who is Captain Marvel's ally in the comics.
  • Asher Angel plays Billy Batson who transforms into an adult, played by Zachary Levi. Asher stars alongside Joshua Rush in Andi Mack (2017), and Joshua played the younger version of Zachary Levi's character Chuck in Chuck (2007).
  • Comic book writer, Geoff Johns, who is one of the executive producers of the film, is also the one who wrote the Shazam! New 52 comics whose material that this film is largely based upon.
  • When Freddy is posting videos of Shazam's super power demos, one of the names he gives him is ZAP-tain America. That's a subtle nod to Captain America (and therefore Marvel Comics) existing in their universe.
  • When Shazam attempts to fly in the mall, during his battle with Dr. Sivana, a group of seemingly unimpressed shoppers can be seen in the background paying him little mind. Those were actually visible crew members that were filmed by accident. Shopping bags were inserted digitally to give them the appearance of shoppers and cover this up.
  • Composer Benjamin Wallfisch cites the music 1970s and 1980s films as an influence on the film's score - specifically John Williams's Superman (1978) score and Alan Silvestri's work on the "Back to the Future" films - to match the tone of a film about "an old-school superhero from the Golden Age." Wallfisch, in his own words, "pictured what might happen if a 14-year-old was put in front of a 100 piece orchestra and told there were no limits. I wanted the score to feel like it might have been written by an exuberant kid just having the time of his life with an orchestra."
  • The production designers suggested having toys of Superman's enemy Lex Luthor in the toy shop, but David F. Sandberg rejected the idea saying it felt too inappropriate and sleazy to have toys of a villain.
  • Dr. Sivana is associated with the number 8: he carries a Magic 8-Ball toy with him, and his alliance with the Seven Deadly Sins makes the group a total of eight. In Orthodox Christianity, despair is considered the eighth deadly sin; this fits with Sivana having had his hopes broken as a child.
  • David F. Sandberg cited the Terror Dogs in Ghostbusters (1984) as an inspiration for the Seven Deadly Sins' design.
  • When Shazam! is performing "lightning from my hands", the background music being played is Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger", which is most likely a reference to the Rocky movies (also set in Philadelphia).
  • Zachary Levi dyed his hair black for the role.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins' design fits aspects of each sin: * Wrath is bulky and brawny and is the most aggressive and combative of the Sins. * Pride is the only Sin to have wings and horns. * Greed has four arms, more arms than is necessary and also useful for grabbing as much as it desires. * Gluttony is revoltingly obese and has a mouth from his belly to his face. * Sloth has the features of the sloth animal, and has tentacles which enable it to reach out and grab things rather than properly moving around. * Lust has a long tongue and prefers to target females. * Envy is the smallest and puniest of the bunch.
  • An alternate opening of the film had Thad being bullied at his family home in plain sight. He would later bring the Sins to the home years later to kill everyone there.
  • This is the third superhero film to be set at Christmas, after Batman Returns (1992) and Iron Man 3 (2013).
  • Zachary Levi's character is never once referred to as "Shazam." In fact, he never settles on a superhero name. At one point, he states that Shazam is NOT his name, just the name that transforms him.
  • According to David F. Sandberg, he actually forgot to add the Justice League animation to the DC Comics logo in the opening.
  • The graffiti in the film was custom-made. During shooting in Toronto, the crew spotted a lot of impressive graffiti, but they weren't allowed to use it in the film without locating the artist and acquiring permission.
  • David F. Sandberg's favourite scene in the film is the robbery.
  • Seth Green paid a visit on set. He can be briefly seen as one of the customers at the strip club.
  • A puppet of Mister Mind was used for his scenes.
  • David F. Sandberg wanted to portray Shazam's Speed of Mercury with lightning, but decided to remove the lightning since it would make the power too alike to the Flash.
  • Zachary Levi improvised the "Get him Batman!" line in the toy store.
  • The name of the strip bar, The Booty Trap is an obvious homage to a line in The Goonies.
  • Shazam is the second magical being in the DC Extended Universe to be summoned with a magic word; the first was the Enchantress in Suicide Squad (2016).
  • This is the third DC Extended Universe film to feature Greco-Roman mythology, after Wonder Woman (2017) and Aquaman (2018).
  • This is one of the cheapest films in the DC Extended Universe series, with a production budget of $90-102 million.
  • In the comics, Shazam is noted for having two different capes: he started out with a short waist-length cape, then the New 52 comics gave him a knee-length cape with a hood. The film gives him a double cape that combines both versions, as David F. Sandberg wanted Shazam's design to homage his past and current looks.
  • The Batman toy's voice is provided by the film's sound editor Bill R. Dean.
  • In the toy shop, just before Shazam and Sivana step on the giant keyboard Shazam passes by an action figurine of the Reaper (seen with a red costume and scythe-like tools). The Reaper is a rival vigilante to Batman, and was the inspiration for the Phantasm anti-hero in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993). The toy seen in the film was an actual toy the prop department found and put in the film.

Spoilers

  • This film draws much of its inspiration the "New 52" DC Shazam comics: * Captain Marvel is primarily known by the name Shazam * Shazam can wield lightning (before he only used it to transform) * Billy Batson is in a multi-ethnic foster family * Billy is somewhat rebellious and cynical, and reluctant to connect with his foster family * the story is set in Philadelphia * his sister Mary is not a direct relation but a foster-sibling * Freddy Freeman is disabled * the Wizard is the last of a council, and before dying passes his power onto Billy * Billy is chosen for being the best the Wizard could find * Billy is pursued by a rival candidate previously chosen by the Wizard * Billy eventually shares his powers with his siblings, creating the Marvel Family * Dr. Sivana allies himself with Mister Mind at the end.
  • Adam Brody and D.J. Cotrona, who play the superhero forms of Freddy and Pedro, were previously selected to star in George Miller's ill-fated "Justice League: Mortal" movie in 2007 (not to be confused with Justice League (2017)), with Brody as the Flash and Cotrona as Superman.
  • The mid-credits scene features Sivana 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 Mister Mind when young Thaddeus Sivana enters the Rock of Eternity in a glass display. He can be seen again when adult Sivana reaches the Rock; however, when Billy enters the Rock of Eternity the dome is broken and Mr. Mind is gone. The mid-credits scene then confirms that Mister Mind made his escape during the battle between Sivana and the Wizard.
  • Billy's parents are identified as C.C. Batson and Marilyn Batson. These two made their appearance in the "Power of Shazam" comic.
  • 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.
  • Zachary Levi doesn't appear on screen until 35 minutes into the movie.
  • Dr. Sivana has the demon Envy deeply embedded in his body, being the sin he is most associated with. Envy is portrayed as a short, hunched-over bald figure with a large head, large eyes and nasty teeth; this was Sivana's classic look in the comics.
  • 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 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 an homage, when Freddy gains his superhero form it has a Elvis-style pompadour haircut.
  • This is the seventh DC Universe film, and the number 7 plays a major theme throughout 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: Shazam, his five siblings (the Marvel Family), and the former champion Black Adam * Mister Mind mentions the Seven Realms to Dr. Sivana.
  • When Dr. Sivana is in prison writing the incantation to get to the Rock of Eternity, he describes a few of them. Some of them are mythical concepts as follows: * the Eye of Ra comes from Egyptian mythology and represents the power of the sun god Ra * the Ouroboros, a snake eating its own tail, comes from Egyptian mythology too: it represents the snake god Mehen and the cycle of time * Solomon's Knot is a symbol of Solomon and his wisdom.
  • Body count: 18 (The researcher at beginning of film, the 16 board members, and Mr. Sivana).
  • This film shows that the Justice League has now become popular enough in the DC Extended Universe to have their own toys, newspapers and memorabilia. With this in mind, the Marvel Family that appears takes on traits from the Justice League: * Billy is a magical version of Batman, who brings the team of heroes together when he can't do enough on his own, and when his powers don't help he resorts to outsmarting his enemies * Freddy is a magical Superman, most attuned to flight * Darla is a magical Flash, empowered with super speed * Eugene is a magical Cyborg, empowered with electricity that can affect machines (in the comics he actually had the power to control machines) * Pedro is a magical Aquaman, clad in green and wearing a beard and who is the strongest member in the group * and Mary is a magical Wonder Woman.
  • Michelle Borth, who plays the superpowered form of Mary Bromfield, says that a lot of her scenes were removed from the final film. They would have seen Super Hero Mary as laughing, dancing around the Sins she's fighting and taunting them. Borth says that when she auditioned for a role in the film she was cast based on how well she danced.
  • Sivana Industries is owned by Dr Sivana himself in the comics, while in the film it is owned by Sivana's father. But with him slaying his father and brother, he now becomes the sole heir to the company.
  • D.J. Cotrona, who plays Pedro's super form, is the third actor from G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) (where he played Flint) to be cast as a Shazam-empowered magical being; the previous two are Arnold Vosloo (who played Zartan and Black Adam in Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010)) and Dwayne Johnson (who played Roadblock and Black Adam, though Adam would make his debut in his own film later on).
  • There are some elements in the film that appeared in the Captain Marvel comics in March 2019, only a month before the film released: * Billy's father, C.C. Batson, is serving time in prison * Mister Mind mentions the Seven Realms, seven realms of magic that each member of the Marvel Family is assigned to protect. This would be a case of producer/comic writer Geoff Johns introducing concepts to Captain Marvel in both the comic and film series.
  • According to Catholic Christianity, the opposite of the Seven Deadly Sins are the Seven Heavenly Virtues, which Billy Batson displays throughout the film: * Diligence - he is loyal to his mother and dedicated to finding her * Kindness - he learns to be kinder to his foster family * Humility - he initially refuses the Wizard's offer, claiming he is not worthy to be his champion * Temperance - he learns to be more responsible with his power over the course of the film * Patience - he forgives his mother for her abandonment of him * Charity - he shares his power with his foster-siblings * Chastity - he can resist the Sins' tempting, as shown with the prank at the end of the final battle. The eighth Heavenly Virtue is hope, which counters the eighth deadly sin of despair. Billy represents the Wizard's last chance for acquiring a champion.
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