How Batman Managed To Kill Captain Marvel

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Hope you weren't waiting to see a big-screen version of DC Comics' Captain Marvel — because the Shazam movie is very dead, according to its writer. And he's pointing some fingers of blame.

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Writing on his blog about the death of the Shazam movie, John August knows just what caused the movie to pass through multiple drafts, contradictory notes from the studio, and other forms of torture, leading to its slow death:

In retrospect, I can point to two summer Warner Bros. movies that I believe defined the real issue at hand: Speed Racer and The Dark Knight. The first flopped; the second triumphed. Given only those two examples, one can understand why a studio might wish for their movies to be more like the latter. But to do so ignores the success of Iron Man, which spent most of its running time as a comedic origin story, and the even more pertinent example of WB’s own Harry Potter series.

With August initially describing his view of Shazam as "Like Big, but with superpowers," it's no surprise that a Warner Bros. looking for movies to be closer to The Dark Knight than Speed Racer's whimsical eye candy, but that doesn't necessarily stop us from wistfully wondering what could have been.

Shazam! It ain’t happening. [John August]

DISCUSSION

The Rock would have been perfect as Black Adam. I think Billy Batson and the Power of Shazam would work as a movie.

You take Billy becoming an orphan, getting stuck with Sivana, but then running away to live on the street. He holds his own with dignity and honesty, which brings in Shazam granting him, an innocent with ideals, Superman-like powers. At the same time, Sivana develops a mutant worm (mr. mind) that poses some kind of threat to humanity.

Don't forget that when Billy is turned into Captain Marvel, he is still Billy, but he also has the Wisdom (and experience) of Solomon, thereby making him one of the wisest (if not #1) people on the planet.

This brings in the age-old argument.

Superman Vs. Captain Marvel

Who wins.

Captain Marvel does since he isn't fatally allergic to particular kinds of rocks, his powers are based on magic (something Superman is also weak against), and there's the whole Wisdom of Solomon thing again.

Also, he can call down magical bolts of thunder to pummel Supes with.