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Trivia about Shazam!

  • Artist C.C.Beck based the original Captain Marvel character design on Fred MacMurray, who was, at the time, the #1 male box-office star.
  • Dwayne Johnson was originally considering taking the role of Captain Marvel. However, he was approached by comic books fans who explained the villain, Black Adam, to him in an attempt to persuade him to take that role instead. The combination of the fans' request and the fact that the character seemed more interesting prompted Johnson to take that role instead.
  • This movie underwent a series of rewrites that included scripts written by writers such as William Goldman, Bryan Goluboff, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow and John August.
  • Dwayne Johnson was in talks for Black Adam in the Peter Segal Shazam movie, but it never got off the ground. Since Dwayne Johnson stated on his twitter account that when he was a kid his two favorite superheroes were Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Black Adam.
  • Peter Segal was attached to direct in the early 2000s.
  • Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam in this feature) had starred alongside Arnold Vosloo (Black Adam in Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam) in "The Mummy" films, where both had played magically empowered antagonists.
  • Lou Ferrigno Jr., Derek Theler, Patrick Warburton and Brandon Molale have all been considered by fans as possible candidates for Billy Batson/Captain Marvel.
  • This movie underwent a series of rewrites that included scripts written by writers such as William Goldman, Bryan Goluboff, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow and John August.
  • Micky Dolenz, of the Monkees, was being considered to play Uncle Dudley. Jackie Earle Haley was a fan favorite to be cast as Dr Sivana. Jim Belushi was under consideration for Mr Tawny. Virginia Gardner, Hunter King, and Tori Anderson were candidates to play Beautia.
  • Alan Alda, F. Murray Abraham, Michael Keaton and Tony Shalhoub are being considered to play the wizard Shazam.
  • Sam Raimi has expressed interest in directing the film.
  • Early in development the film was titled "Billy Batson & The Legend of Shazam". Rumored working titles include "World's Mightiest Mortal", "Shazam: One Magic Word", "Champion of Shazam", and "Black Adam: Curse of Shazam".
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