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Billy Batson is Shazam, a young hero empowered with the gifts of ancient gods by the Wizard.
Billy Batson was a terrible foster child. After the death of his parents and his treatment thereafter Billy had become cold and cruel to most people. Growing selfish and heartless, he went from foster home to foster home until he landed in an orphanage in Philadelphia and, at the age of fifteen, was partially forced to live with a new family; the Vasquezes.
After being adopted he moved to the Vazquez's home where he met the rest of their family, children who were also adopted. It was immediately apparent that Billy did not fit in with the rest and he soon got into a fight with the others, storming off into his room. Annoyed by his new family, which includes Mary, Freddy, Eugene, Pedro, and Darla, he decided to leave, but as he did so he was whisked away to the Rock of Eternity where he met the Wizard. There, the Wizard searched the boy's soul and saw that he was not perfectly good. When he told him so, Billy was instantly enraged at him for thinking that perfect good exists. The Wizard, seeing the boy's point, witnessed all the good Billy had done in his life, and accepted that the world had changed, with perfection being exchanged for the hope of becoming good. Although he stated that he wouldn't be able to take them back once given, the Wizard granted Billy the ability to wield the Living Lightning, turning him into the Champion, Shazam.
During this however, Black Adam was freed from his prison by Doctor Sivana who, through an accident, became able to see magic with his injured eye. Sivana showed Black Adam the new world, which Adam was not satisfied with. He started his plans to change the world and to do that, he left to find the Rock of Eternity. There, he found out that there was a new Champion who Adam now desperately wanted to find.
Meanwhile, Billy met up with Freddy. After convincing his foster brother about his change, the duo went out for a night of shenanigans. Seemingly by accident however, the two seemed to run into all sorts of trouble, all of which Shazam resolved. He helped a woman when she was being mugged, stopped a bank robbery and punched out a man who wanted to rob a store. All the while, Shazam and Freddy aimed for goals such as getting money to drink beer. Billy got into a fight with Freddy over not wanting to go home or change back into his teenage form and the two split up.
When he was alone, Shazam was finally found by Black Adam who attacked without remorse. Billy managed to escape by changing back into his mortal form and hid in the zoo with a tiger he called Tawny. That was where his foster siblings found him, and they decided to go back to the Rock of Eternity. When Billy found the metro station from where he originally travelled to the Rock, a magical spirit called Francesca spoke to him. She had tried to talk to him previously as well, however Billy always thought that he was hallucinating before. Now, listening to what she had to say, Billy learned that the only way he could reach the Rock was if he was underground and spoke the magic word. However, Francesca also told him that if he did, Black Adam would find him. Since Shazam and Black Adam were the only two beings in existence who possessed the Living Lightning, the two were connected and would always feel where the other was.
Then, Francesca showed Billy visions of a boy and his family who were enslaved in ancient Kahndaq, a country in the East where all magic originated from. There, the boy was forced to work in mines and was all alone before his uncle saved him from a guard. The two wanted to escape but in the process were found by the Council of Wizards. There, the Wizard Shazam decided to give the boy a connection to the Living Lightning but he refused and wanted to share it with his injured and dying uncle to save him; a wish the Wizard granted.
Seeing this, Billy thought that Black Adam was the boy of ancient times, a lost child just like he was. Not listening to Francesca's pleas, Billy ran out to meet Black Adam, revealing his mortal form to the other Champion. Wanting to talk Adam off of his unholy crusade, Billy tried to bring out Adam's emotions but was rebuffed. There, Adam revealed that he was not the boy, but the Uncle. He killed his nephew when he learned that he did not want to use his powers for revenge.
Billy was horrified by this and was saved by his foster family when they drove a car into Black Adam. Turning into Shazam, Billy faced his nemesis only to find that Adam had caught his foster siblings. Black Adam ordered Shazam to give him all of his power. Shazam tried to do so but accidentally enchanted his own siblings with the Living Lightning. They all tried to overpower Black Adam but needed to split up when the Seven Deadly Sins whom Sivana gathered together summoned a demon which started to destroy the city. Shazam and Adam continued their battle and arrived at the zoo where Tawny tried to help Billy and attack Adam. Fearing for the tiger's life, Shazam tried to enchant him unsuccessfully. That spell broke the balance of his existing enchantments and his siblings instantly started to feel a loss of power.
Knowing that physically he was no match for Black Adam, Billy turned back to his mortal form and started goading Adam to do the same. The old Champion did so in rage, unwillingly killing himself. Because he had not changed back in centuries, his mortal form aged hundreds of years in a single moment, causing his body to turn to dust.
After the defeat of Black Adam, Billy gathered his ashes and kept them in a jar. Understanding his enemy and even growing to respect him, Billy decided to honour him by burying his remains in Kahndaq. Unfortunately, the country was a war zone and no intruders were allowed, and, by deciding to go there, Shazam unwittingly sparked the existing tension between the Justice League, Justice League Dark and Justice League of America.
With all three Leagues in a fight and Shazam without a team, John Constantine lured Billy away from the battle with the promise of knowledge of his real family. Constantine, though, successfully managed to steal Shazam's powers to fight a demon, leaving Billy powerless. Together though, Billy and Constantine managed to kill the demon, and Shazam's powers were returned to him - not without hard feelings though.
Deciding to rejoin the battle for Pandora's Box, Shazam touched the Box himself and was corrupted by the evils within. The Box was wrestled from his hands by the other Leaguers, and Billy was returned to normal. Concluding the battle, the Box was revealed to open a portal to Earth 3, allowing the Crime Syndicate to enter their world and trap Shazam, as well as most of the other heroes present, inside the Firestorm Matrix as they prepared to dominate the world.
Justice League and the Darkseid War
Following the defeat of the Crime Syndicate, Lex Luthor took it upon himself to rebuild the Justice League Watchtower and turn a new leaf, becoming a hero and inviting himself to join the Justice League. In addition to adding himself to the roster, Luthor invited Shazam to join as well, and the two were eventually approved. As a Justice League member, Shazam helped the team fight and recruit the newest Power Ring as well as handle the outbreak of the Amazo Virus.
When Grail brought a war between her father Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor to Earth that resulted in her father's death, the effects caused a shockwave in the gods throughout the universe. Billy was then summoned to the center of his powers and learned that he was in fact the God of Gods. The Wizard that originally gave Billy his powers informed him that, because of Darkseid's death, the connection to the gods inside of him was severed. In response, the Wizard replaced the gods inside of Billy with New Gods to derive his powers from:S’ivaa, H’ronmeer, Anapel, Zonuz, Ate, Mamaragan.
The Justice League, with Shazam among them, managed to fend off the war on their world after the Anti-Monitor was killed as well. With the world back to normal, Shazam decided to leave the Justice League.
- Divine Empowerment: As a result of Darkseid's death, his connection to the previous gods that granted Billy his powers was lost which removed all of his original powers and new gods were contracted by the wizard to take their place so as to not leave Billy powerless. The abilities included power drawn from the S’ivaa (Strength), H’ronmeer (Fires), Anapel (Compassion), Zonuz/Yuga Khan (Source Manipulation), Ate (Boldness), and the Wizard Mamaragan (Lightning).
- Strength of S'ivaa: With the might of the Old World Elemental, Billy's physical strength reaches well beyond the physical scale. He is able to crack concrete, bend steel, and fight toe-to-toe with individuals as powerful as Superman.
- The Fires of H'ronmeer: The blessings of H'ronmeer the Martian God of Fire, one of the New Gods that Billy is connected to grants him the power over fire, death, and recreation.
- Compassion of Anapel: With empathy from the Siberian Goddess Anapel, Shazam has instant access to a vast level of scholarly knowledge.
- Clairvoyance: The Anapel gives Billy clairvoyance and provides him with counsel and advice in times of need.
- Divine Grace: The Compassion of Anapel allows perfect and godlike finesse in actions and dealings with others.
- Eidetic Memory: Batson is capable of memorizing anything he sees.
- Tactics of War: Through Anapel's blessings Billy is an accomplished social intuit.
- Source Manipulation of Zonuz: Replacing the lost power of Zeus during the Darkseid War, Billy was partitioned the almighty energy of the Old God of Evil; Zonuz or as he would later go by, Yuga Khan of the third world. His power is utilized to back and embolden both his and the other powers of Billy's six gods by drawing upon the energies from the Source itself.
- Boldness of Atë: Mimicking the Achilles aspect of his former pantheon of powers. Atë's blessing gives Billy superhuman amounts of inner strength to draw off from, while also making him indestructible to harm. Able to withstand the Antimatter Blasts of Mobius's Shadow Demons as simply as man-made munitions cannot do any lasting damage to his physical body. Only the most powerful of superhumans or most ancient of magical powers can topple him.
- Indomitable Will: Because of Atë' blessing Shazam is very strong-willed in his actions.
- Immortality: As long as he remains in his empowered form he doesn't age.
- Superhuman Speed: With the Boldness of Atë Billy can run as fast as a bolt of lightning, this means Billy can at least run a third of the speed of light.
- Flight: Through Atë, Billy is able to hover or out right fly at high speeds.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Shazam's reflexes are heightened to superhuman levels. Able to move, think and react fast enough to dodge the blade of Yuga Khan in pitched battle.
- Lightning of Mamaragan: Through the power of the Wizard and aboriginal deity known as Mamaragan, Billy retains the magical power of his patron namesake, with it not only does the lightning enable him to transform and enhance his other physical abilities. But it also allows for inter-dimensional travel and the casting of various mystical spells.
- Accelerated Healing: He displayed the ability to use the transformative lightning to heal others or himself instantly from wounds inflicted on his mortal form.
- Divine Distribution: As Shazam, Batson can share a portion of his magical powers with anyone akin to a family that he so chooses, giving both similar and different powers of their own based on their personalities.
- Electrokinesis: Shazam has the ability to control electricity like Mamaragan himself.
- Electro-Blast: He can discharge a powerful blast of electricity from his body and attack foes with it.
- Teleportation: Showcased this when rushing to a battle from S.T.A.R. Labs to Metropolis.
- Captain Marvel (Billy Batson) was created by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker, first appearing in Whiz Comics. However, in the rebooted Prime Earth continuity his first appearance as part of the DC Universe is in Geoff Johns and Gene Ha's New 52 Justice League series.
- William Batson (Prime Earth) appears as Shazam (Prime) a playable character in the Infinite Crisis video game.
- 92 Appearances of William Batson (Prime Earth)
- 43 Images featuring William Batson (Prime Earth)
- 3 Quotations by or about William Batson (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: William Batson (Prime Earth)
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 2) #35 - Justice League (Volume 2) #39
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 2) #50
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 2) #44
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam! #1
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Justice League (Volume 2) #48
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 2) #48
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Justice League (Volume 2) #21
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Justice League (Volume 2) #34
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Justice League (Volume 2) #7
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 2) #22
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