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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.
  • During early 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 feature film adaptations star Djimon Hounsou both were 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • As mentioned by the Wizard, SHAZAM is an acronym formed from the names of the gods that grant powers: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. Of these six gods forming Shazam's name, only two are actually Gods - Zeus (Greek) and Mercury (Roman). Solomon is a mortal King from the Bible (who was also known in legend as a king of magic and knowledge), Hercules and Achilles were demigods (half-human half-god), and Atlas was a Titan.
  • 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 was openly enthusiastic about playing Sivana, describing him as an "evil bastard" and stating that 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 considered to play Mr. Tawny.
  • Jim Belushi is under consideration for 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.
  • 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 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 and a group of people walking on a keyboard.
  • 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. Of course, the message is somewhat mixed because Billy's father is a career criminal who has been imprisoned in Florida for a decade.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 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).
  • Billy is transported to see the Wizard during a subway ride. This is similar to the way it happened in the DC animated short, Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010) and most of his origin stories over the decades.
  • 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 "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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. (Batman (1989) renamed the factory Axis Chemicals.) Harley Quinn was also created by the Joker at the "Ace Chemicals" Factory.
  • 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 five 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 these movies premiered within a four month period. The fifth movie was Constantine (2005), a DC project preceding the current shared universe. In that, he played Papa Midnite.
  • 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 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 (2001) whose opening theme song was "Save Me."
  • Lotta Losten, who plays Dr. Lynn Crosby, is married to director David F. Sandberg.
  • The name of the school which the kids attend is "Fawcett Central." A clear nod to the original creators and owners of Shazam/Captain Marvel, Fawcett Comics.
  • 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 the Movie 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.
  • The school Billy and Freddy attend is Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute. 800 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
  • When Shazam throws Batman in the toy store you can see Cyborg and Wonder Woman on the shelf along with Batman and Superman toys, hinting again that this story takes place in the current DC universe.
  • In the scene where Freddy swings a bat across Shazam's stomach causing it to explode you can see Gator written in graffiti possibly foreshadowing the Crocodile men.
  • When Freddy is showing Billy his room you can see a book beside his Batarang. The title appears to be "The Bird and the Bat: the impact of superheroes on society and its future". The cover shows a silhouette of Superman hovering. One would assume this was written after the events of BVS but possibly before the events of Justice League.
  • 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).
  • When Eugene opens a door, on the other side is nothing but mist, from which a tentacle reaches out to grab him. The tentacle looks similar to those appearing in the Stephen King film The Mist (2007).
  • Of the six Gods forming Shazam's name, only two are actually Gods - Zeus (Greek) and Mercury or Ermis (Greek). Solomon is a mortal King from the Bible, Hercules and Achilles were demi-gods, having one mortal parent and Atlas was a Titan.
  • 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.
  • This marks the third time John Glover has played the father of a super-villain. He plays Sylar's father, Samson Gray, in Heroes; Lex Luthor's father, Lionel, in Smallville; and now Dr. Sivana's father in Shazam.
  • Both Meagan Good (Super Hero Darla) and D.J. Cotrona (Super Hero Pedro) co-starred and shared screen-time in teen horror movie Venom (2005).
  • The "S" symbol, representing the Sivana family company, is highly reminiscent of a nazi swastika. Obviously, this was done to associate negative feelings toward Sivana and his family. Interestingly, its placement could also evoke sympathy for Sivana himself (as his father acted the ruthless dictator to him, while his brother "followed orders" of example from their father.
  • The bumper sticker on the Vasquez' van reads "I'm a foster mom. What's your superpower?"
  • Djimon Hounsou has supporting roles in both Shazam! (2019) and Captain Marvel (2019).
  • 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 of John Williams and scores from 1980s Amblin Entertainment films as inspirations for Shazam!, 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 seventh film in the DC Extended Universe.
  • Body count: 18 (assistant at beginning of film, the 16 board members, and Mr. Sivana).
  • In 1939 Fawcett comics artist C.C. Beck introduced a new character, Captain Marvel ("Shazzam"). The man who served as the model for drawing the character Captain Marvel was actor Fred MacMurray.

Spoilers

  • This film draws much of its inspiration the "New 52" DC Shazam comics: * Captain Marvel is primarily known by the name Shazam * Billy Batson is in a multi-ethnic 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 Mr. Mind at the end.
  • 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.
  • Adam Brody and D.J. Cotrona, who play the superhero forms of Freddy and Pedro, were previously selected to star in a Justice League movie by George Miller in 2007 (not to be confused with Justice League (2017), with Brody as the Flash and Cotrona as Superman.
  • 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.
  • 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 during the battle between Sivana and the Wizard Mr Mind was able to make his escape.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 Mister 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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. * "Septa" is seen written on public transport vehicles. Septa is Latin for Seven.
  • The character is shown with the ability to manipulate electricity, a power he does not possess in the comic books.
  • In the film, Billy Batson's super-powered form is shown with the ability to manipulate electricity, a power he does not possess in the comic books.
  • When Dr Sivana is in prison writing the incantation to get to the Rock of Eternity, he uses the phrases "Sun of Ra", "Ouroboros" and "Solomon's knot". These are mythical concepts described 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.
  • The character is shown with the ability to manipulate electricity, a power he did not possess in the comic books until 2011 with DC's 'New 52' reboot.
  • The assistant that is disintegrated towards the beginning of the film is played by director David F. Samberg's wife.
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