DC has tried the very serious in the 70s/80s and realistic in the 90s. I think they wanted to try and return to the early 40s where Shazam was a little more on the kid's side of the things.
I just get the feeling that DC doesn't know what to do with this character.
I would have liked to see them leave Captain Marvel in the magic area fighting foes no other hero could fight at least on a mega-level and yet leave a little humor in the process.
We'll see how things go.
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