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Doug Jones
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 12:35am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

My son and daughter, 10 and 8, went nuts over this trailer. Looking forward to it. 
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 6:22am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

So, Iíve not really read much Captain Marvel and this may be a stupid question. Was CM always just Billy in a grownup body like Tom Hanks in BIG?
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Bob Simko
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 7:26am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

No, he wasn't.

Didn't grab me at all. I'll eventually catch it on cable.
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 9:34am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

So, Iíve not really read much Captain Marvel and this may be a stupid question. Was CM always just Billy in a grownup body like Tom Hanks in BIG?

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Some writers have portrayed Captain Marvel as a separate persona while some portray him as Billy whose mind has matured with his body, but the teenager in an adult body is a more recent take.
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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 2:30pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Originally, Captain Marvel was a separate persona, back in the 1940s Fawcett Comics days.

In his DC incarnation, at least post-1987, he was usually a more mature Billy Batson.

"Shazam," who debuted with the New 52, seems to be just Billy Batson in an adult body. And I hate it. 
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 3:47pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Of course they went with the modern, shitty take on the character, from the name, the hooded cape and the immature Captain Marvel. There was nothing the trailer that made me want to see it. 
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Tim Cousar
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 4:58pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

In one Golden Age story, Billy and Captain Marvel get each other Christmas presents, so they were definitely separate.
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David Miller
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 5:45pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

My favorite was the time Billy whispered the magic word so an intangible Captain Marvel could invisibly help him cheat on a test by whispering Solomonic wisdom into his ears. 
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 22 July 2018 at 6:07pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I can't express just how disappointed I am that the Powers That Be have done
this to Captain Marvel.
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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 23 July 2018 at 9:53am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Personally, I think it looks great.  I think DC is playing it smart in keeping it more relateable for kids by having fun with it and being a little more goofy.
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 23 July 2018 at 11:11am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I'm with you, Wallace.... disappointed with the "52" version of this character.... the original was better.

-C!
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 23 July 2018 at 8:52pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

"BIG... only with super-powers!" is the kind of high-concept pitch no studio would walk away from. That being said, that is not who the character was back in the day, and those earlier adventures displayed far more storytelling skill, craft, charm, and intelligence than anything done with the character in the past thirty years since he became a thumb-sucking naif or an edge-edge-edgy angst monster in a grown-up suit. 

#HaveYouHuggedaBastardizationToday?

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