After the surprisingly good San Diego Comic Con trailer from a couple days ago, Shazam has finally hit the big leagues, and while the character may have an upcoming movie, there is a lot people don't know about the hero and his world.
As you can see in the trailer, Shazam is a young boy called Billy Batson granted the powers of the wizard Shazam whenever he utters his name. This allows Billy to take on an adult form and take the fight to crime (or school bullies).
Yet, recently Shazam has been lacking from DC's comic book universe, only really occasionally appearing as a minor, supporting character. The series is again scheduled to return later this year under the creative talent of major DC player Geoff Johns, and though Shazam may not have been in the comic limelight as of late, the character certainly has a long history, with a publishing lifespan only seven months younger than that of Batman, of all characters.
With such a long history, and an absence from DC Rebirth, it is easy to understand why there isn't an awful amount of knowledge about the character among mainstream audiences. For now, though, here's all that you need to know.