Punchy wrote:I didn't say he should be brooding, just a little less 'gee whizz gosh golly'. Unlike most other golden age characters, Captain Marvel never took the steps towards a more realistic tone that others did until now, that's why it's jarring. This take on Captain Marvel should have happened in the 60s or 70s.
You are not talking about dark and brooding and I am not talking about "gee whizz gosh golly." What I am talking about is the fact the Billy Batson is a character who is younger than most of the Teen Titans. He hasn't been effected by raging hormones or jaded by how unfair the world is yet. Even though life has dealt him a crappy hand, to him anything and everything is still possible and that is even before the wizard grants him the powers of Shazam.
Look at characters like Charlie Bucket from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He shouldn't be some bratty teenager with a chip on his shoulder that thinks he knows everything and believes the world owes him. Why would anyone, especially an ancient wizard like Shazam, give a child like that his amazing abilities?
I am not arguing against making the character a little more realistic for modern times but I am arguing against making him like every other annoyinging little spoiled brat. Make him unique, make him the child that stands out, not because he is better at sports or angrier about his life. Because while all the other kids have started to accept their roles in society and start growing up, Billy Batson is still the kid that dares to dream that tomorrow is going to be better.