you know, judd lynn wrote this episode. do you ever think, as he’s working on the set of ninja steel, 17 years after this episode, he suddenly thinks to himself “remember the freeze missiles line? man, i’m so good”
“I don’t belong to Abnegation, or Dauntless, or even the Divergent. I don’t belong to the Bureau or the experiment or the fringe. I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me—they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”
Dear Shazam writer(s): don’t make it about Billy Batson
With what’s happening around the world with greater frequency and less (if any) consequence, please consider the Bombshells route. The Shazam movie needs to be about Miriam Bätzel, a young Jewish girl living under Nazi occupation, whose mystical powers come directly from adhering to her faith and never faltering in believing in her identity, her abject refusal to bow down to nazism.
And on another level, a lot of the harshness of Shazam for Billy is he’s “forced to grow up” basically. There’s a panel where Superman discovers Shazam is just a little boy and it’s heartbreaking.
(From Superman/Shazam: First Thunder #1-4, Judd Winick and Joshua Middleton)
This little kid isn’t being allowed to be a little kid! Well, welcome to Being A Woman 101. Girls don’t mature faster than boys, they’re held responsible as adults earlier than boys. They are guilted, punished and gaslighted as soon as they become just tall enough, just curvy enough, just bloody enough. Trans girls are held at arm’s length like criminals, they have to fight right out the gate to be allowed to exist, let alone feel like a child. Girls who are black, latinx, non-white in any capacity are treated with mistrust and given harsher punishment and held to harder and higher standards far earlier than white girls.
The heart of Shazam is having your childhood ripped from you because of some “greater responsibility.” Is that not the female experience?