Back in 1939, Fawcett Comics created the character of Billy Batson, a young boy who could transform into the superheroic adult known as Captain Marvel. Not — that Captain Marvel. It’s for this reason, that of avoiding confusion with their competitor, that DC Comics changed the name from Captain Marvel to Shazam when they bought Fawcett Comics. The name is based on the word that Billy Batson would shout out to make the transformation — SHAZAM! 
That name, by the way, is an acronym for
Solomon’s wisdom
Hercules’s strength
Atlas’s stamina
Zeus’s power
Achilles’s courage
Mercury’s speed.

The more you know!

However, in the time that Fawcett comics owned the property, they created an entire family around Billy Batson, including a twin sister named Mary. They became known as the Merry Marvel Family and it included his sister Mary, going by Mary Marvel, as well as Captain Marvel Jr., who was originally a crippled newsboy named Freddy Freeman. He was the only one in the family that stayed the same age when they all magically transformed into their more powerful alter egos. 

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Then, in 2011 with Flashpoint, DC introduced some new members to the Merry Marvel Family: Eugene Choi, Pedro Pena and Darla Dudley, all foster siblings to Billy Batson. Eugene is of Chinese heritage and shares the exact same powers as Billy, though Eugene can also control various forms of technology with his mind. Pedro, of Mexican descent, is a shy teenaged kid who is even stronger than Shazam, which is a nice counter to his chubbier childhood self. Finally, Darla is an African-American girl who, when she transforms does not turn into an adult. She is faster than all the other members of the Marvel Family.

A new rumor from That Hashtag Show makes the claim that the cinematic version of the Shazam comic, expected to go into production soon, will include these three most recent characters. As they claim, casting notices have gone out to agents and are listed as —

[DANIEL]11, Korean. Daniel is a smart kid, into video games and reading non-fiction. SUPPORTING

[CARLOS]15, Hispanic, overweight, with asthma. Carlos is very shy and sweet. SUPPORTING

[SUZY]8-10, African American. A sweet, bubbly girl with glasses and pigtails. SUPPORTING

Obviously, this is all still very strongly entrenched in the happy realm of rumor, but that does not mean it’s not true. The veracity of these claims will most likely be tested sooner than later as it’s expected that the film will be going into production soon.

Now, let’s all cross our fingers for some sweet Hoppy the Marvel Bunny action.

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