SHAZAM's New 52 Hooded, Magical Look Revealed

We've known for awhile that the former Captain Marvel will now be known as Shazam in the New 52. Writer Geoff Johns told us back in January, "Well, there are a lot of reasons for the change. One is that everybody thinks he's called Shazam already, outside of comics. It's also, for all sorts of reasons, calling him Shazam just made sense for us. And, you know, every comic book he's in right now has Shazam on the cover. So I think just by embracing that and calling him Shazam."

Now, the re-focused look has been revealed on the New York Post's website, showing what editor Brian Cunningham describes as a "mystical, magical, fantasy feel." The character of Shazam now has a glowing lightning bolt on his chest replacing the regular yellow part of the costume, lightning is emitting from all over, and a hood obscures his face. Gone is the "big red cheese," revealing this New 52 version as a darker character.

A bigger image is certainly coming soon, and you can click here for pages showing Billy Batson's new look courtesy of artist Gary Frank. Shazam debuts as a backup story in Justice League #7, due out March 21, 2012.

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