"You can't beat Earth's mightiest mortal!"
Young Billy Batson was chosen by a mysterious wizard to become Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. By saying the word “Shazam,” Billy transforms into an adult with magical powers granted to him by the gods.
Being young, Billy Batson was more apt to be persuaded and bullied into working for Superman. As the regime’s oppression grows, Billy begins to have second thoughts about the justifications of his actions.
A troubled foster child, Billy Batson is chosen to become the champion who stands between our world and the dark forces of sorcery. With one magic word, he is transformed into Shazam!
Shazam first appears in the comic in Chapter Eight, when he and along with several other members of the Justice League gather in the Watchtower to answer Wonder Woman's summons. After listening to her speech on Superman's current struggles and learning his parents were kidnapped, he is one of the many heroes who goes after several of the Flash's Rogues, with Shazam fighting and interrogating Gorilla Grodd. He waits outside the villain's bar, World's End while Wonder Woman, Flash and Raven goes after Mirror Master.
Shazam next appears calling down his lightning bolt to follow after Wonder Woman when Cyborg alerts the League to Aquaman's attack on a Japanese fleet that was poaching whales. He joins Wonder Woman in getting ready to battle Aquaman and his forces after one soldier shoots Wonder Woman in the face.
Shazam battles with Arthur's forces when he sees Wonder Woman pulled under the sea. He quickly dives into the waters and frees her from Aquaman's grasp, dragging Arthur by a choke hold into the air. Shazam warns Arthur that he doesn't want to fight and to stand down, as he is outmatched. Arthur persists however, and Billy is shocked when he sees a tsunami rise in the distance. Shazam is unnerved when he sees Aquaman's forces retreat, and is in disbelief entirely when he realizes just what is causing the wave. Billy releases Arthur to help the rest of the League save the sinking ships but he and Green Lantern are knocked out of the air by the monstrous tentacles of the Kraken Arthur has summoned.
Shazam dives into the waters to rescue drowning sailors from the Kraken's grasp when Superman arrives and forcefully convinces Aquaman to call the beast off. However, when Aquaman gives a "Show of strength" by having his army rise at several docks and harbors across the world, Superman calls Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Shazam to him and together, they lift Atlantis from under the sea and place it in the Sahara Desert.
Though he isn't seen after this, when Aquaman relents, Superman comments that the action of moving the city didn't sit well with Shazam or Green Lantern.
Shazam is later seen in Chapter Eighteen alongside Green Lantern protecting Syria from a missile attack, with Shazam destroying the missiles with his lightning.
Billy Batson is seen in Chapter Nineteen asking various people what they think about Superman and the Justice League's current actions and recording it on his phone under the pretense it's a school assignment. He receives mixed answers, with most people are very much in favor of the League's work, though some express fear of them as well. When one of them asks why Billy "Why are you asking this question?" Billy flashes back to the day before in which Black Adam had just attacked a country neighboring Khandaq, the country having fired a shell into Khandaq that killed several citizens, prompting Black Adam to respond with full force, leveling a city and killing thousands.
Adam had just defeated Green Lantern and Cyborg when he is subdued by Superman and Wonder Woman. Billy arrives as Shazam and tells Adam it is over. Black Adam refuses to stop however, and swears he will protect Khandaq so long as he has power. Wonder Woman decides to remove his powers then.
Shazam asks what Wonder Woman is doing as she reaches for her Lasso, and she responds she wants to ask Adam a question. She has Shazam hold him down in her place before telling Adam the power of her Lasso. Realizing Wonder Woman's plan, he warns her that Adam may not survive returning to mortal form. She allows Billy to ask Adam if there is any other way to stop him.
Billy does, but Adam truthfully rants on how he will kill without mercy anyone who threatens Khandaq. Black Adam then warns them they are heading down the same path he has traveled and they will be feared like he is. As Wonder Woman prepares to ask Black Adam the question, Billy looks away as Adam pleads with him to protect Khandaq. When Wonder Woman compels Adam to speak his magic word, Adam is returned to his mortal form in a single blast of lightning, ancient and barely alive, with Wonder Woman preventing him from saying the word again.
As this happens, Shazam sees a father and his two children huddled away from the heroes, and tells them they are now safe and that the danger has passed. The father retorts that they cannot feel safe with 'angry gods' deciding their fate. Shazam says he understands but the father says he does not as he is one of them and pleads for the 'angry gods' to return to the skies, and not to pretend to understand them.
Later, Billy says that he does understand because he is one most of the time. He then says he's been asking around people as to see if they think what Superman and the others are doing is right or wrong, and now wishes to ask one last person: Shazam himself.
Billy and his alter-ego converse, with Shazam saying he sees that what Superman and Wonder Woman are doing can bring about peace, but Billy reminds him of everything they've done recently, from their battle with Aquaman to stripping Black Adam of his power, unsure of whether he would live or die.
Billy reveals that while Shazam thinks this may be right, he thinks that someone as young as himself can't expose themselves to this without being affected by it, and that is the answer to his question.
Shazam is seen at the end of Chapter Twenty along with the rest of the Justice League to hear Lex Luthor's request to join them, and like the rest of the heroes, is shocked when Luthor reveals he knew his secret identity.
Shazam is seen again towards the end of Chapter Twenty-One along with the rest of the Justice League and Lex Luthor, listening as Luthor explains Batman's involvement in Hawkgirl's kidnapping before 'Hawkgirl' inexplicably returns to the Watchtower.
After Hawkgirl gives Batman's message to the League, Shazam agrees with it and begins questioning Superman and Wonder Woman's recent choices, reminding them that they almost killed Black Adam by stripping him of his powers. While Billy says he does want to fight for the world, he doesn't want to bully it into submission and question Superman for not allowing them to ask questions. Shazam and Superman appear ready to battle but Robin quickly points out Batman's tactic of using Hawkgirl to divide the League.
Luthor agrees with Robin's analysis and suggests the League spread their message in a more diplomatic fashion. When Shazam asks if Superman is the only one who will speak, the Man of Steel agrees with Luthor in that the entire League needs to better communicate with the world. Shazam thanks Superman and says he only wish for the League not to turn into "Something we despise."
Billy accompanies Lex, Clark and Diana to Paris for the conference and quickly rushes to the defense of the people when the Parademons invade. Shazam grapples with several Parademons as they attempt to attack civilians during their invasion, and is unable to help Clark or Diana battle Kalibak.
Shazam is seen again in Chapter Twenty-Nine, helping Cyborg and Luthor repair the grounded Watchtower and witnessing the real Hawkgirl's return.
Billy's final appearance is in the last chapter of the original series among the gathered Justice League before the United Nations as Superman unveils his growing army.
Shazam makes his return in Year Two in Chapter Nine.
Billy Batson is in class at Fawcett City High School when Superman steps in, asking for Billy, much to the shock of his fellow students and teacher. Embarrassed, Billy heads up to Superman as the Man of Steel is promising his teacher he will be back in class tomorrow before the two leave, with Superman carrying Billy as they fly out through one of the class's windows.
Billy is mortified, with Superman explaining he wasn't answering his communicator, with Billy explaining he was doing algebra, and Billy is left wondering how he is gonna explain this to his classmates. Superman apologizes but explains that there was no time to do it any other way before telling Billy that the Watchtower's instruments picked up several objects rapidly approaching Earth and that they will be in the atmosphere any moment now. Superman says that if they are what he thinks they are, he will need Billy's help.
Accepting Superman's explanation, Billy asks him to let him go and stay back, and Superman reluctantly drops Billy in the middle of the air. Falling fast, Billy cries out, "SHAZAM!" and is struck by a magical bolt of lightning, instantly transforming into the world's mightiest mortal. Flying alongside Superman now, Shazam asks what it is exactly that he thinks they're dealing with.
Instead of Superman answering, it is Hawkgirl who tells Billy that Superman suspects it is Green Lanterns. Superman confirms this and a stunned Shazam asks what they want, with Superman telling him they have come for him. The Green Lanterns arrive on Earth, and appear before the three heroes, numbering over two dozen and lead by Kilowog.
Kilowog attempts to ask Superman to peacefully come with them back to Oa, but Superman refuses to leave Earth. After Hawkgirl demands to know where Hal Jordan is and refuses to say, Superman contacts Cyborg on the Watchtower and gives him the ok. Moments later, a massive red beam fires down on the Lanterns, the sudden attack causing Shazam to recoil in shock.
In the next chapter, Shazam battles several Green Lanterns, with the Lanterns Arisia Rrab and Tomar-Re leading the charge. Despite his great power and Hawkgirl fighting by his side, Billy is overwhelmed by sheer numbers and defeated, knocked out and captured in a bubble construct. Before the Lanterns can take them away, Sinestro arrives, killing Ch'p.
In the next chapter, Shazam is freed and battling several Green Lanterns at once, knocking out one and upper-cutting Hannu as he flies by and knocks out another until the Sinestro Corps arrives.
In chapter twelve, Shazam stands by Superman as the Man of Steel listens to Sinestro suggesting they kill the captured Green Lanterns. Billy is quick to rebuff this, stating, "We will not condone executions, Sinestro. We're heroes."
In chapter sixteen, a news image reveals that over the lost seven months, Shazam worked alongside Superman and the rest of the Justice League in toppling more 'rogue nations' and helping establish more orderly control across the world.
Shazam is seen in chapter twenty-two, having joined in the war between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps, with the Mightiest Mortal easily punching a lone Green Lantern aside before charging for the Guardian Ganthet, preparing to call down his lightning with his magic word when Ganthet swiftly whirls around and shushes the boy turned man. Shazam is caught completely off-guard and left open to Ganthet's swift retaliation, a massive blast of green energy sending Shazam flying back. This was Billy's last appearance in Year Two.
Shazam returns in the fifth chapter of Year Three. Billy is among the few of Superman's remaining allies gathered in the Hall of Justice alongside Lex Luthor and Hawkgirl, standing before Superman's throne. After Superman and Luthor discuss locating their missing friends, Shazam tries to ask Superman if they could speak alone when a loud voice booms throughout the hall, calling the Man of Steel.
Shazam joins Superman, Hawkgirl, Yellow Lantern and Sinestro, in flying outside the hall to confront the summoner, the Spectre. Billy is silent as Superman and the Spectre discuss the warning the Spectre has brought, and Billy asks the Spirit of Vengeance, "You believe in Superman's cause?" The Spectre confirms he does before suddenly grabbing Shazam and peers closely at him with glowing eyes, proclaiming he senses the growing doubt Billy has.
Billy is helpless in the Spectre's grasp until Superman intervenes, forcing the spirit to release him, swearing that Billy is his friend and that they will talk about his doubts.
In chapter eight, Shazam is present at the Hall of Justice when the Spectre returns in a panic, stating that Superman has vanished. When the Man of Steel manages to reactivate his com-link and give his friends his location in Gotham, Billy hears Superman cry his name through the communicator and without a moment's hesitation rockets into the sky in a stream of lightning, flying all the way to Gotham in less than a minute.
Arriving in the church where Superman was lured to, Shazam sees John Constantine and Ragman standing over Superman, the Man of Steel wrapped in rags from Ragman's suit, his soul slowly being sucked out. Billy tries to physically tear the rags off but when that fails, he grabs Ragman by his collar and demands he release Superman. Ragman tries to convince Shazam of Superman's corrupted nature, but Billy ignores Ragman's declarations that Superman is evil with a simple, yet firm response, "He's Superman!"
Shazam then calls down his lightning bolt, stunning Ragman and knocking Constantine off his feet, likewise freeing Superman from Ragman's snares. Yellow Lantern and Sinestro shortly arrive along with the Spectre, who orders Billy to hand Ragman over to him. Shazam tells the Spirit of Vengeance that Rory is already beaten but is shocked when the Spectre grabs him anyway.
After the Spectre destroys Ragman's suit of souls and damns the souls that had been captured inside it, Billy futilely tries to reason with the Spectre, saying, "There's no reason to kill him!" Shazam's words fall on uncaring ears and the Earth's Mightiest Mortal watches in helpless horror as the Spectre kills a screaming Rory Regan.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Shazam is first seen in the beginning of the game after the opening cinematic battling Black Adam while the Justice League face various other villains. Shazam dominates Adam during the battle, managing to land several punches on him and even sending him flying into Hawkgirl's mace with a blast of electricity.
When Billy sees Green Lantern and Wonder Woman knock Doomsday down from the sky, he dazes Black Adam with a punch and shouts, "SHAZAM!" before quickly moving out the way. The magical bolt strikes Adam and strips him of his powers, making him revert to his mortal form just as Doomsday lands on him.
When the threat of the Joker detonating a nuclear device is brought to the League, Shazam flies alongside Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl to intercept the Clown Prince of Crime. Shazam witnesses the disappearance of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Batman and the Joker's disappearance. The main reality Shazam is not seen for the rest of the game.
In the parallel dimension, Billy has sided with Superman's One Earth government because of peer pressure and acts as a messenger of sorts as well as an enforcer.
In the parallel dimension, Shazam is first seen in Atlantis alongside the Parallel Flash greeting Aquaman, who they are unaware is actually the duplicate Aquaman. Shazam is honored to be one of the first surface dwellers to visit the lost undersea kingdom, giving Aquaman a respectful bow. After Aquaman requests to read the treaty Superman wrote, Shazam notices Aquaman's sudden hesitance and outrage over the treaty's demands.
When Aquaman refuses, Shazam and the Flash quickly attack him, though the duplicate King of Atlantis easily dodges Flash's charge and Shazam's bolt of electricity, which strikes the Flash instead. Shazam easily brushes Arthur's trident aside when it is thrown at him but is briefly knocked out by Aquaman's sudden punch.
After the Flash is defeated by Aquaman, Shazam rises into the air and unleashes twin streams of lightning from his hands at Arthur, who dodges them yet again. Arthur tries to prevent more fighting and asks to see Superman, but Shazam harshly reminds him, "You don't talk to Superman! You do what he wants! And you're going to do what you promised!" and fights Aquaman, but is likewise defeated like the Flash.
Shazam is not seen again until Deathstroke's chapter. Shazam and the Flash are in the Watchtower, with Shazam beginning to express doubts over Superman's current course of actions. Though at first okay with siding with Superman because "Bad people got what they deserved," he is clearly unnerved by using the duplicate Batman as bait. Though Flash tries to comfort him, Shazam reminds him of what Superman did to Green Arrow.
Before they continue their conversation, the Flash realizes something is wrong with the teleporter when Deathstroke announces his presence. The Flash is quickly subdued by some explosives Deathstroke had planted and when Shazam attempts to attack Deathstroke, he is struck by the final one Deathstroke placed and knocked into the main floor of the Watchtower. Shazam battles Deathstroke but loses due to a combination of being weakened by the explosive and Deathstroke's greater combat experience.
Shazam is removed from the Watchtower by Cyborg and teleported back to earth, where he joins in the battle against Batman's insurgents. Shazam attacks Lex Luthor after seeing him defeat Hawkgirl, managing to get a surprise attack on him but is repelled by Luthor's shields. After knocking Luthor away, he demands to know, "Since when are you with them?" Luthor says he was with Batman the day Superman decided to "Herd us like sheep". Shazam argues that, "He only wants what's best for us." But Luthor reminds him that Superman is no god and battles Shazam. Billy loses and is briefly knocked out.
When Luthor attempts to strike Superman with a kryptonite based weapon, Shazam wakes up at the last second and blasts him with his lightning, allowing Superman to tackle Luthor to the ground, rip him from his suit, and snap his neck in a furious rage. When Superman is overwhelmed from his actions and hearing the people's shock and disgust over murdering Lex, he flies off, with Shazam slowly walking towards Luthor's body and watching Superman go with a confused look on his face.
Shazam is seen again in the Fortress of Solitude alongside Flash and Yellow Lantern when he overhears Superman's plans to level both Metropolis and Gotham, along with his intentions to invade the duplicate's dimension in retribution for interfering in their world. Shazam is horrified by Superman's plans, calling it crazy and saying they're going too far.
Though Wonder Woman declares they will maintain order, Shazam disagrees, saying they must impose limits on themselves, especially on themselves. Superman orders him to be silent but Billy pleads to him, "We can't do this! Have you gone nuts?! Lois would never want-"
But mentioning Superman's deceased wife proves to be too much for the on edge Man of Steel. Superman snatches Billy by his throat, and despite the younger hero's struggles, he cannot break free from his grasp. Billy tries to cry out "SHAZAM!" to bring his lightning bolt down, but Superman quickly freezes his mouth shut. Billy's screams of horror are muffled by the ice as Superman burns through his eyes with his heat vision, murdering the boy in cold blood and letting his body fall to the floor. His corpse is later buried in the snow by a grieving Solomon Grundy.
Billy's death was not in vain however. This final act pushed the Flash to abandon Superman's regime and join Batman and the duplicate heroes, informing them of Superman's plans and helping them plan a counterattack.
Powers and Abilities
Shazam possesses the following powers in Injustice: Gods Among Us according to his bio in the Archives:
- Super-strength and speed
- Near invulnerability
- The potential to shape magic
- Summons magic lightning
- Controls lightning
- Atlas Tornado: Shazam charges headfirst at his opponent, flying past them as he spins while covered in lightning. The Meter Burn version has Shazam grab and throw his opponent into the ground after the attack connects.
- Bolt of Zeus: Shazam summons a bolt of lightning into his hand and throws it at his opponent. The Meter Burn version increases the size and power of the lightning bolt.
- Herculean Might: Shazam grabs his opponent, jumps and turns, while summoning a bolt of lightning to strike them as he lets go. The Meter Burn version causes the opponent to bounce after the lightning bolt strikes them.
- Achilles' Clutch: Shazam grabs a ducking opponent and lifts them into the air before throwing them back down. The Meter Burn version has Shazam do a divekick after tossing his opponent.
- Mercury Storm: Shazam teleports back or forward in a stream of lightning.
- Grab: Shazam grabs his opponent, and slams then down on his knee as he simultaneously calls down a lightning bolt, throwing them aside after it strikes.
INTRO: Billy Batson runs into the arena and yells "SHAZAM!" This causes a lightning bolt to strike him, transforming him into Shazam.
OUTRO: Shazam flies into a stormy sky and hovers in midair. He poses briefly as thunder rumbles behind then crosses his arms and smiles while saying "I like being a hero".
Solomon's Judgement: Shazam calls down and catches bolts of lightning that augment all of his punching attacks to increase their damage for a limited period of time.
- God Punch - [ L ]
- Knee Strike - [ M ]
- Hook Kick - [ H ]
- Hook Punch - [ ← + L ]
- Thundering Elbow - [ ← + M ]
- Power Cross - [ ← + H ] / ( Hold to charge or [ ← ← + MB ] to Bounce Cancel )
- Roundhouse Kick - [ → + L ]
- Hercules Uppercut - [ → + M ]
- Mighty Slam - [ → + H ] / ( Hold to charge or [ → → + MB ] to Bounce Cancel )
- Low Jab - [ ↓ + L ]
- Lifting Cut - [ ↓ + M ]
- Sweeping Kick - [ ↓ + H ]
- Jumping Strike - [ L ]
- Mercury's Sidekick - [ M ]
- Achilles' Fist - [ H ]
- Forward / Reverse Throw - [ ← / → L + H ]
- One, Two Punch - [ L , L ]
- Solomon's Wisdom - [ L , M ]
- Hercules' Strength - [ L , L , M ]
- Atlas' Stamina - [ L , M , ← + H ]
- Zeus' Power - [ L , M , → + H ]
- Achilles' Courage - [ → + L , M ]
- Mercury's Speed - [ ← + L , M ]
- Mighty Colossus - [ ← + L , M , H ]
- One, Two Kick - [ M , M ]
- Mighty Charge - [ ← + M , H ]
- Mighty Force - [ → + M , M ]
- Roaring Strike - [ → + M , M , H ]
- Atlas Torpedo - [ ← , → , M ]
- Bolt of Zeus - [ ↓ , ← , M ]
- Herculean Might - [ ↓ , ← , → , L ]
- Achilles' Clutch - [ ↓ , ← , L ]
- Advancing Mercury Storm - [ ↓ , → , H ]
- Elluding Mercury Storm - [ ↓ , ← , H ]
The Power Of SHAZAM: Shazam uppercuts his enemy into the stratosphere and pummels his opponent with a series of blows. Then he elbows the opponent in the back, grabs his enemy by the legs, spins his enemy, and throws his opponent back on the ground.
EndingFollowing the events in the parallel dimension, Shazam's fellow heroes returned home. But an alien virus contracted during the transfer created in them acute mental instability. They turned on their fellow crime fighters in a deranged fury. Alone and desperate, Shazam shared the power of the Word with his adopted brothers and sisters. Their purity of heart gave them courage. The Army of Shazam incapacitated the former heroes. Eventually they took the place of the Justice League as primary defenders of Earth.
- "Your Highness. It's an honor to meet you."
- "Is there a problem, Your Highness?"
- "You don't "talk" to Superman. You do what he wants."
- "And you're gonna do what you promised."
- "I don't know...If he said it was okay, it was good enough for me."
- "It made sense at first. Bad people got what they deserved. But now?"
- "And then what? Remember what he did to Green Arrow?"
- "Since when are you with them?"
- "He only wants what's best for us."
- "Wait. We're wiping out whole cities? Invading worlds in other dimensions?!"
- "We'll, yeah...It's crazy. It's going to far."
- "No...No...There have to be limits. Even on us. Especially on us!"
- "We can't do this. Have you gone nuts? Lois would never want-"
- "SHAZAM!" - Intro/as he calls down lightning
- "I like being a hero." - Outro
- "Like how I did that?" - After winning a round
- "Gotta love super powers!" - After winning a round
- "You can't beat Earth's mightiest mortal!" - Clash with any Character
- "I'm taking you down!" - Clash with any Character
- "For justice!" - Clash with any Character
- "Sorry to do this, ma'am." - Clash with any female Character
- "Thought we were friends!" - Clash with any hero Character
- "Love beating the bad guys!" - Clash with any villain Character
- "Wow! Even your hair is evil." - Clash with Black Adam, Harley Quinn, Lobo, & Sinestro
- "I have the strength of Hercules!" - Clash with Black Adam
- "You abused your powers!" - Clash with Black Adam
- "I have the power of magic." - Clash with Superman
- "Enough hero worship!" - Clash with Superman
- "Still kicked your butt!" - Clash with Black Adam
- "You asked for it." - Clash with Black Adam
- "Not a chance, Adam." - Clash with Black Adam
- "Shows what you know!" - Clash with Black Adam
- "Then back off!" - Clash with Superman
- "Don't call me Billy!" - Clash with Superman
- "I'm no boy." - Clash with (Regime) Superman
Shazam has a red costume with gold and white accents. Electricity flows through his suit and the white lightning bolt logo on his chest. He wears a gold belt, gauntlets, and boots along with a white hooded cape.
Shazam wears a red costume with more black accents. His torso is red with a larger lightning bolt down the center. The sides of his costume are black and he now wears a black hooded cape. He has modified gold belt and gauntlets.
His Costume from the New 52 Reboot. (Unlock by completing all Star Lab Missions for Shazam)
- Shazam is empowered by the following heroes and gods: Wisdom of Solomon, Strength of Hercules, Power of Atlas, Lightning of Zeus, Courage of Achilles and Speed of Mercury
- Shazam was also playable in NetherRealm's crossover game, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, using the character's original name, Captain Marvel.
- Shazam's Super Move, "The Power of SHAZAM", deals 39% damage, making it (along with the Flash's "Speed Zone") the strongest in the game.
- Shazam is a teen as Billy Batson, making him the youngest playable fighter by far.
- Although Shazam derives his powers from various Greek and Roman deities and heroes, his power of wisdom is taken from Solomon, who is a Biblical icon.
- Shazam's single-player battle mode ending has a nod to the Kombat Rage from MKvsDCU's story mode.
- The Shazam featured in Injustice is a combination of his previous history with DC Comics before the post Flashpoint reboot with a modified design taken from New 52.
- Billy conversing with Shazam in Chapter Nineteen is potentially a reference to the Golden Age incarnation of Captain Marvel being a separate identity from Billy Batson.