In 2019, moviegoers will find themselves uttering the true magic word: Shazam! Part of the DC Cinematic Universe's upcoming film slate will be the story of Billy Batson, who with one simple word can turn into the superhero Shazam, formerly referred to as Captain Marvel, an adult hero with powers ranging from super strength and flight to various forms of magic. For kids who pretend to be superheroes on the playground and around their house, being able to turn into one instantly is the ultimate wish fulfillment! Okay, let's be real, a lot of us who are adults would love this opportunity as well. Captain Marvel/Shazam has been fighting crime on the comic book pages for over eight decades (though he was put on ice for 20 years), and has been one of DC Comics' most popular characters since the 1970s. Aside from a film serial released in the early 1940s, this project will mark Shazam's full-length theatrical debut after years of appearances in cartoons, video games and even a live-action TV series. The film is still a little under three years away (though that may be subject to change), but there is still enough to chew on, both about what's already been announced, like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing main antagonist Black Adam, and what we may end up seeing. Here's everything we know so far about 2019's Shazam. Shazam When Is The Shazam Release Date? Shazam will hit theaters on April 5, 2019. That places it right after the unnamed DC film being released on October 5, 2018, but before Justice League 2 comes out on June 14, 2019. April is an unusual time for a big blockbuster movie to come out, but as Captain America: The Winter Soldier proved in 2014, that doesn't mean they can't be successful in that release slot. That may not be as applicable to Shazam considering that Winter Soldier was a sequel and most download people aren't familiar with Shazam the character (the word, much more so). Still, it's more likely than not that slot will be beneficial to Shazam, as there won't be much competition, giving it plenty of room to stretch its legs. Shazam What Is The Shazam Rating? Shazam hasn't been given an official rating yet, and probably won't for some time. That said, if past DC movies are any indication (and for that matter, most superhero movies), it will probably be rated PG-13 for its action sequences. Shazam is looking like it will be one of the lighter entries of the DCEU, so rather than straddle that line between PG-13 and R, ideally it will be a little less intense. One thing we can safely count on is that Shazam won't come out with an R-rated extended cut for home media...I hope. Shazam, Previously Known As Captain Marvel Billy Batson, a.k.a Captain Marvel, was created by Fawcett Comics in 1940, and at one point was considered the most popular superhero of the 1940s. Like most comic book characters, Billy's origins have been retconned several times, but the basic premise remains the same. Orphaned at a young age, young Billy was led by a mysterious stranger through a subway tunnel. Brought before the ancient wizard Shazam in the Rock of Eternity, he is chosen to receive the powers of Captain Marvel because of the goodness in his heart. Whenever Billy says the word "Shazam!", a magical lightning bolt strikes him, and he becomes the adult Captain Marvel, though he still has Billy's intellect and personality. To transform back into Billy Batson, Captain Marvel just has to say the same word. Each letter in "Shazam" corresponds with one of the magical abilities Billy inherited from various Greek and Roman characters: S for the Wisdom of Solomon; H for the Strength of Hercules; A for the Stamina of Atlas; Z for the Power of Zeus; A for the Courage of Achilles and M for the Speed of Mercury. The recent name change for the superhero goes back to legal troubles the character faced in the early 1950s. Due to a copyright infringement lawsuit from DC Comics over Captain Marvel's similarity to Superman, Fawcett Comics agreed to stop publishing stories featuring him and the other members of the Marvel Family, and they weren't seen again for nearly 20 years. During this interim period, Marvel created their own Captain Marvel and trademarked the name. So when DC got ahold of Captain Marvel and his supporting cast in the early 1970s, although they could still call him Captain Marvel within their published stories, they couldn't publish a comic book called "Captain Marvel." As a result, the various series over the years starring him have had titles circling around the word "Shazam!" When the character was rebooted in 2012 as part of the New 52, writer Geoff Johns decided to rename him Shazam since many already associated that word with the superhero. Now Billy shares the same name as the being who gave him his powers, and now it's been retconned so that Billy has to say "Shazam!" with good intentions to become the superhero rather than simply say it. This eliminates the pesky problem of him accidentally transforming back into his child self when introducing himself in his superpowered form. Unlike the film's lead antagonist (more on him later), no actor has been announced yet to play Billy or Shazam. With the film several years away, it may be a while until we get a casting announcement for the titular character, which makes him and Green Lantern the only main DCEU superheroes who don't have actors attached yet.