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TNTM: Batman Who Laughs infecting the DC Universe

Batman Who Laughs instantly became a fan favorite character ever since his first appearance in Dark Nights Metal #2/Teen Titans #12 (they both came out the same week).

We won’t count Dark Days: The Casting #1 since it was just an ad and not part of the story-line.  The creator/writer, Scott Snyder, says the first appearance is Dark Nights Metal #2 since those events occur before the events depicted in Teen Titans #12.  Either book is highly sought after due to the Batman Who Laughs appearance.

For those not in the know, let me explain just Batman Who Laughs.  The Batman Who Laughs is a version of Batman from Earth 22.  In that part of the Multiverse Joker learned Bruce Wayne is actually Batman.  He killed Commissioner Gordon and most of Batman’s villains. Joker then subjected Gotham to the chemicals that transformed him, much like the plot of the original Keaton Batman movie.

Batman fought and killed the Joker, but was exposed to a purified form of the chemicals as a result.  Those chemicals gradually turned him into a new Joker.  By the time Batman figured out what was happening, the process was irreversible. He thus became The Batman Who Laughs.  He killed most of his allies and turned his son, Damian, into a mini-Joker. The Batman Who Laughs becomes a follower of Barbatos and helps in his attempt to take over Prime-Earth (our part of the Multiverse).

The Batman Who Laughs is presumed dead after a battle with Prime-Earth Batman and Joker.  The new teaser for Batman/Superman #1 shows us he is not only alive, but deep into another plan to take over Prime-Earth.  The teaser graphic asks “Who are the Infected?”  It appears he is infecting our superheroes with his Joker chemicals and using them as pawns.  The Year of the Villain initiative is focusing heavily on Batman Who Laughs.  I, for one, couldn’t be happier.

DC’s Year Of The Villain #1 kicked off with a 32-page one-shot. It leads into to some of the biggest story arcs that make up Year of the Villain, with stories by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, plus details on Snyder’s The Batman Who Laughs, Tom King’s “City of Bane” story arc in Batman and the recently announced Batman/Superman by Joshua Williamson and David Marquez.

Joshua Williamson and David Marquez’s Batman/Superman #1 goes on sale August 28.

Official Description

The first arc of Batman/Superman will follow the two titular heroes as they hunt down six infected heroes in the DCU—people revealed to be infected by the Batman Who Laughs with a deadly pathogen that violently transforms them into the evilest versions of themselves. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever.

But who are the Infected? Fans have already been shown a sneak preview of Batman/Superman #1, revealing that The Batman Who Laughs’ plot is bigger than either the Caped Crusader or the Man of Steel realized and showing the devious killer’s first sentinel: a jacked-up, Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam! Who else has been targeted for similar transformations?

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Video+Story: Shazam! Movie Review and Audience Reactions at Alamo Drafthouse

Shazam, aka Captain Marvel… but that is a different story, is a superhero hearkening back from the Golden Age of comics. Shazam used to outsell Superman comics back then. Then for some unknown reason Shazam kinda faded into obscurity.

DC Comics attempted to reboot Shazam several times to no avail. They just couldn’t seem to catch that same lightning in a bottle (pun intended) they had in the beginning. There were even whispers that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be playing Shazam’s enemy, Black Adam.

When they announced Zachary Levi would be playing the title character, I had some worries about him pulling it off. I had only seen him in Chuck, as Fandral in the Marvel movies, and most recently as Benjamin in the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series. I was really hoping DC could build on the success of Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

All I can say is WOW! Shazam pulled a page right out of the Marvel movies book, right down to the bald villain. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the previous DC movies. They just didn’t seem to resonate with the audience at large. Let’s face it, the movie has to make money at the box office or the studio won’t invest money into future movies of the same kind. That’s just the business.

Shazam was a great movie from beginning to end. Asher Angel and Zachary Levi played their parts to perfection. I really connected with the Billy Batson character. I enjoyed following his journey from downtrodden orphan to realizing his powers and forming a family with the other foster kids. It had the right mix of action and humor. I would love to see Shazam cross-over into other DC Comics superhero movies. Maybe we will get lucky and they will make a movie based on “Kingdom Come”.

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Video: DC Comics Shazam! Upcoming movie

Shazam has a very interesting history. The character has changed hands a few times and has been the target of more than one lawsuit. Shazam was one of the most popular characters in comics in his early years.

There were several comic titles, TV shows, and animated features. The Shazam movie is scheduled for 2019 release as part of the DC Extended Universe. The movie will star Zachary Levi and Asher Angel portraying the title role.

Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel is a character published by DC Comics. Artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker created the character in 1939. Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 published by Fawcett Comics. Shazam is the alter ego of Billy Batson.

When Billy speaks the magic word “SHAZAM” (acronym of six “immortal elders”: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury), can transform himself into a costumed adult with the powers of superhuman strength, speed, flight, and other abilities.

Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel comics in 1953, partly because of a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics. The lawsuit alleged Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman.

In 1972, DC licensed the Marvel Family characters from Fawcett. DC attempted to integrate Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family into their DC Universe with mixed success due to trademark conflicts over another character named “Captain Marvel” owned by Marvel Comics.

DC Comics published and branded the character’s adventures using the title Shazam!. This led many to assume that “Shazam” was the character’s name. DC Comics officially renamed the character “Shazam” when relaunching its comic book properties in 2011.

DC Comics is hoping to return Shazam to his former prominence with the 2019 movie release. We have our fingers crossed the film makes Billy Batson/Shazam a new fan favorite.

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