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Real Identity: William Joseph "Billy" Batson
Nicknames: World's Mightiest Mortal, Big Red Cheese
Affiliation(s): Justice League Unlimited
Powers: Flight, Super Strength, Super Speed and Invulnerability
Voiced By: Jerry O' Connell (Captain Marvel), Shane Haboucha (Billy Batson)
Teenager Billy Batson led a hard life. When he was a child, his parents, CC and Marylin Batson, were betrayed and killed by their assistant Theo Adam while on an archaeological dig in Egypt. Separated from his sister Mary, Billy was forced to live with his uncle Ebenezer who took all of Billy's trust fund money and cast him out into the streets. Billy sold newspapers and slept in subway terminals. One night, a vision of his father persuaded Billy to climb aboard a train covered in mystic runes. Once aboard, Billy was transported to the deepest of caverns in the Earth.
At the entrance, Billy came upon several statues that represented the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man: Pride, Envy, Lust, Hatred, Selfishness, Laziness and Injustice. Billy then met the wizard Shazam, who was seated on a throne with a large stone block hovering above him. Shazam chose Billy to succeed him and imbued him with all of his powers. Shazam instructed Billy that by speaking his name, a lightning bolt would appear and grant him power. The lightning bolt is a physical manifestation of Shazam's power. When in contact with Billy, the bolt transforms him into the very adult Captain Marvel granting him invulnerability, flight, super speed and super strength.
The power of Shazam is said to have originated from abilities donated by the Old Gods (Greek and Roman); the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. After Captain Marvel transformed back to Billy for the first time, the bolt hit the hovering stone block and made it crush the wizard. Shazam did not die, instead he gave Billy a fond farewell and traveled to the Rock of Eternity, a peak that exists outside of time and space. For all this power, Billy vowed to uphold all that is good and fight the never-ending battle against the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man.
Billy returned to his home of Fawcett City and enrolled at CC Binder Elementary School and fought various super villains. Over time, Captain upheld his vow and his honest soul has earned him the title of "the World's Mightiest Mortal". Billy admired the world's most famous superhero group, the Justice League. More so he idolized Superman. When the Justice League Unlimited formed, Captain Marvel was later invited to join. The grand opening of Lex Luthor's Lexor City utopia drew a figurative line between Marvel and Superman, however. Superman was set up by Luthor and Cadmus to worsen the League's publicity and in the process Marvel tried to stop Superman only to be defeated. Captain Marvel was shocked and disappointed by Superman's actions and resigned from the JLU but not before airing his grievances to the original seven members.