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Last week I finally got around to watching Shazam! It was an entertaining movie that had its campy moments, but overall it was a solid story with pretty good character development. Especially with the main character, Bill Batson.
After I watched Shazam! I started thinking about if Billy Batson joined the ranks of Barry Allen, Oliver Queen, and all of the other DC Legends. It would be a great way to get more out of the character Shazam! were a television series.
Think this over with me.
In my movie review, I expressed that young Billy Batson was more interesting than Shazam Billy Batson. In a TV series, Billy could evolve as a teenager as he adjusts to life with his new family. The story could pick up where it left off at the end of the movie. It may be a could idea to retcon his siblings getting powers or just making them dormant until the season finale. Concentrating on Billy’s character would be the best.
From the superhero perspective, Billy could learn the ropes of what it means to be the savior of his city. Especially since apparently, he knows Superman now. It wouldn’t be so unbelievable that Shazam would know the Flash and the other just like in the comics.
Most of the CW shows have some form of comedic relief in them. Billy Batson as Shazam and his brother Freddy brought a lot of funny moments to the movie. It would be a waste not to put them in more situations together.
The adventures that he’d be able to go on with his brother as a superhero and as his teenage self would give episodes of entertainment.
If Shazam is a television character, I think I would be able to get around the suit. I was critical of the suit in my review of the movie. I felt the suit looked very campy and bulky off of Zachary Levi. However, he could get away with that suit if it was a television production.
This could be a stretch, but honestly, I think that the Shazam character could benefit from having weekly episodic adventures. The Flash has a new lifespan due to his TV run on the CW. Weekly stories would allow us to get to know the other siblings better, flush out Billy Batson as a character, and build his story for a new audience.
I have watched all the recent DCEU (DC extended universe) movies. I got through Man of Steel, limped through Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman was okay, and I actually tried to watch Justice League twice and didn’t stand out to me.
That is not me knocking DC characters. Batman will always be one of the best superheroes of all time.
This isn’t an argument about whether DC heroes are inferior. However, the DCEU is lacking. It may just be me, but I find the CW’s iteration of Flash as one of the better things in DC now.
However, if we are thinking about the movies only then I’d have to say that Aquaman is the best DC movie character now! His movie is far more captivating than any of the other releases.
Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Arthur Curry/ Aquaman is refreshing. He’s upbeat, he’s sort of funny, and likeable. His solo film introduction was cool. I don’t know much about Aquaman, but he was super strong without rubbing me the wrong way like Superman.
Superman has always rubbed me the wrong way because I never understood why he has so many powers, but he is always fighting from underneath. You can’t have every single power ever thought of and expect me to believe you are an underdog.
I’m just saying.
But back to Aquaman, when we catch up with him after Justice League, he’s not brooding or depressed and the local news broadcasters aren’t calling him a vigilante. He’s a bonafide hero that fisherman want to take selfies with. He is immediately painted as someone you want to like.
Even the moments in the film that are supposed to make you feel down, like when he finds out about his mother being sacrificed. He doesn’t go on a rebellious rampage. He still wants to learn about his people and insists that he’s not king material.
He only seriously considers becoming king and retrieving the Trident of Atlan when Mera tells him that King Orm is trying to become Ocean Master and destroy the world. His character comes off genuine. I can’t say that for the other DC cinematic characters at this point.
Maybe Batman and Superman have been overdone at this point and that’s why seeing their stories redone hasn’t been entertaining to me. But, I think that DC should learn from this. There is a reason his movie was the highest grossing film.
In my opinion, Aquaman should spearhead the DCEU. Forget about re-inventing the wheel for the 20th time with Batman and Superman. Make them supporting characters and push someone new this time.