- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of the Wizard Shazam from the DC Extended Universe series. The mainstream version can be found here: Wizard Shazam.
Shazam, better known as the Wizard, is the overarching protagonist of the 2019 superhero film Shazam!, the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe. He is set to return in the 2022 film Black Adam, which will be the eleventh installment of the DC Extended Universe.
Shazam was an ancient and powerful wizard who, along with his six siblings, protected various realms as a member of the Council of Wizards. Over time, each of the siblings were killed by the Seven Deadly Sins, leaving Shazam alone in his duty. Millenia later, as the Wizard drew weak with age, he chose to pass his power onto a young boy named Billy Batson.
Shazam summons children into a dark and cold cave, and he has a deep and authoritative voice and creepy, long white hair. And all he wants is to find a champion who's pure of heart and give him his amazing powers to fight evils. However, his temper and judgment are his own worst enemy. Shazam spent decades searching for a champion to take the powers of Shazam, and rejected every single one of them because they weren't completely pure of heart. He doesn't seem to grasp that humans can be flawed (especially when they're children and need time to mature) and such a person probably doesn't even exist. He relents and chooses Billy only after the Eye of Sin has been stolen, and the movie goes to show that while Billy is a good person deep down, he still has his flaws much like any other person.
- Djimon Hounsou, the actor for Shazam, also voiced the Fisherman King Ricou in the 2018 superhero film Aquaman, the sixth installment of the DC Extended Universe. Additionally, he portrayed Papa Midnite in the 2005 supernatural horror film Constantine, a movie also based off of a DC Comics character.
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