A feature film of DC Comics’ Captain Marvel is in the works, with Rock Johnson signed on to play Marvel’s nemesis Black Adam. So what would you like to see in this film? A FUN TONE The most crucial thing I would like to see is a lighthearted tone, because Shazam has always been a bit of a fun hero. He’s a boy who can grow up into a superman; that is basically Tom Hanks’ BIG with superpowers, and maybe Jim Carrey’s THE MASK. The tone needs to be carefully fantastic and fun, a blend of fighting bad guys and saving the world mixed with a kid getting all his wishes come true and having the time of his life. In relation to this, the rogues’ gallery of Captain Marvel is a motley crew: a dark version of Cap (Black Adam), a bunch of mad scientists (the Sivana family), demons (Blaze, Sabbac), a Nazi (Capt Nazi), a mind-control worm (Mr Mind), and a robot (Mister Atom), among others. They’ve started out with Black Adam, but then he was the most fitting to be a villain; who could they go with after him? To be honest, Captain Marvel wouldn’t need to be fighting supervillains all the time. He is after all, a boy with the power of a god. He needs to learn about power and responsibility, but he also needs to be having fun with his powers. Like BEN 10, he could just be pulling off gags with the use of his powers. The comics that I think should be used as an influence are: - FIRST THUNDER – this recounted Captain Marvel’s early years (and his first team-up with Superman). All fun and games, until the bad guys take out his best friend. This teaches him the harsh truth about the adult world. It also spotlights the reason the wizard Shazam gave these powers to a boy instead of an adult: because a child has an innate nobility that adults don’t have, and while a child has a hard time navigating the grey shades of an adult world, he couldn’t find anyone else good/capable enough to wield these powers. - Billy Batson and the Magic of SHAZAM – this was simply a fun retelling of Captain Marvel’s adventures. And one that I think makes a solid reflection of how a live-action Capt Marvel would be. THE MARVEL FAMILY Usually Capt Marvel has some family/friends to aid him. I think he should first start off alone, then in any sequels (if they happen) he should be accompanied by his sister Mary. You don't see many superhero families kicking butt together on screen. HERO APPEARANCES I think Wonder Woman (and maybe Superman) should make an appearance in this. Wonder Woman is a half-god, so she has ties to Capt Marvel with his use of Greco-Roman deities and would be perfect to see in the film. Superman I am less sure about, because it’s too easy to get Superman and Capt Marvel to fight each other. Particularly since the DC Cinematic Universe’s version of Superman is less a tights-clad champion of justice and more an alien raised on earth and targeted as a potential threat. Maybe just have Capt Marvel be a fan of Superman, with him not really understanding how complex Supe’s position is to the world.