With the release of Warner Bros.' Shazam! now just over a month away, DC Universe subscribers will be able to revisit one of the titular character's earlier on-screen appearances from beginning to end.
The live-action Shazam! television series, which ran for three seasons on CBS from 1974 to 1976, will be available on the streaming service in its entirety beginning Tuesday, March 5. Additionally, for the first time ever, the series has been remastered in HD.
Starting Tuesday, relive the original #Shazam! series, now remastered for the first time in HD. All three seasons will be streaming, only on #DCUNIVERSE. https://t.co/wpTKSqu6bX pic.twitter.com/FF3Rj63HTz— DC Universe (@TheDCUniverse) March 1, 2019
The series was produced by the now-defunct Filmation and starred Michael Gray as Billy Batson, Jackson Bostwick as Billy's alter-ego Captain Marvel/Shazam in Season 1, John Davey as Captain Marvel/Shazam in Seasons 2 and 3, as well as the late Les Tremayne as Billy's guardian, Mentor.
CBS's Shazam! is known for its significant departure from the source material. The wizard know as Shazam was notably absent from the series, with Billy instead getting his powers directly from the six "immortal elders" that make up the "Shazam" name (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.)
Additionally, the series revolved around Billy and Mentor traveling across the United States in a RV, with Billy transforming into Captain Marvel along the way in order to offer assistance to anyone who needed it, often teaching life lessons to viewers in the process.
In total, 28 episodes of Shazam! aired as a part CBS' Saturday morning lineup. Moreover, during its latter two seasons, it appeared as half of The Shazam!/Isis Hour, which featured Filmation's original superhero series The Secrets of Isis as a companion program.
This series was actually the second live-action portrayal of Captain Marvel/Shazam to be released, following Republic Pictures' 1941 film serial Adventures of Captain Marvel. That being said, CBS's Shazam! is arguably the more well-known of the two.
The character will make his triumphant return to live-action in director David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! which stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. The film arrives April 5.