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Freddy Freeman is the best friend and foster brother of Billy Batson. When Batson was chosen by the wizard Shazam to become his champion, Freeman helped his new friend to come into his own with his new powers as the resident metahuman expert.
Like the rest of his siblings, Freddy was a ward of the state until taken in by foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez. At some point before meeting Billy Batson, he also became interested in the emergence of metahumans and their roles as heroes.
Meeting Billy Batson
Freddy first met Billy Batson after Child Protection Services placed Batson with the Vasquezes.
Helping the Champion
Freddy was bullied by kids from Fawcett Central Middle School, but his new adoptive brother Billy came to his aid, beating up the boys picking on Freddy. It was during his running away from these bullies that Billy was summoned by the wizard Shazam and granted his powers.
Unsure of what to do or how to return to his normal form, Billy turned to Freddy for advice on how to behave like a superhero and use his powers. In the process of doing this, Freddy began to film Billy and to post videos of him using his powers to YouTube, where they became increasingly popular and raised Shazam's profile in Philadelphia.
Fighting Thaddeus Sivana
He is threatened along with the rest of his foster siblings by Thaddeus Sivana in order to gain Shazam's power. However, all of them were granted the power of Shazam, allowing them to defeat the villain and his demonic allies.
Freddy Freeman is talkative and smart. He's a massive superhero enthusiast who knows a lot of random information and is very knowledgeable about superheroes. He owns many pieces of memorabilia from the members of the Justice League, and is always excited to talk about them, to the point that he occasionally annoys those around him.
Freddy makes light of his situation in life, often cracking jokes about his walking disability, but that does not mean that he is unaffected by it. He is bullied and disabled, and it is made clear through his argument with Billy that these things do in fact bother him. He feels unseen and lesser-than. However, he tries not to focus on those feelings and to keep his head up. He cares about his foster family and welcomes Billy into it immediately, then feeling hurt each time Billy rejects them.
Upon learning that Billy obtained superpowers, Freddy quickly became excited to help Billy discover his powers, soon the two became close friends over Shazam's powers which they used for their entertainment. However, Freddy also struggled with jealousy as Billy irresponsibly used the superpowers that Freddy always desired. It is not stated if he feels this way the entire time, or if it only emerges once Billy starts blowing him off and acting selfishly. At that point, they argue and Freddy tells Billy how he feels about his behavior and how much he wishes it were him. Even with his anger at Billy, when Freddy is cornered by Sivana, he does not immediately give up Billy's location.
After Sivana kidnapped Freddy and his foster siblings to use as hostages against Shazam, Billy proved that he cared about them and apologized to Freddy over their disagreements which culminated in Billy giving Freddy his own Shazam powers. Now having his own superpowers, Freddy was thrilled to finally be a superhero on his own and repaired his friendship with Billy.
Powers and Abilities
Divine Empowerment: After shouting Shazam!, while holding the Magician's staff, Freddy was given the ability to transform. When transformed, Freddy has many powers and abilities, which exceed the capabilities of humans.
- Superhuman Strength: Freddy is superhumanly strong. He was able to lift two people with him while flying, without any strain.
- Superhuman Durability: Freddy's body is much more resistant to physical damage than the body of a normal human being.
- "I can fly!"
- ―Freddy Freeman[src]
- Flight: Freddy is able to fly. He was notably able to manifest this power much earlier than Billy did.
- "Dude, I've studied the fighting techniques of every single superhero. What do you got?"
- ―Freddy Freeman[src]
- Combatant: As an avatar, Freddy showed aptitude for hand-to-hand combat, with him claiming to have researched the fighting methods of every member of the Justice League, and was excited to test this knowledge while engaging the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man.
- Freddy's Suit: When empowered as his avatar, Freddy wears a costume that is colored blue, with a lightning bolt on his chest. it also has a white cape with a hood and gold trip.
- Walking Crutch: Freddy has a walking disability and thus requires using a crutch while in his human form.
- Batarang: Freddy owns a replica batarang which he used to attack Thaddeus Sivana by throwing it at his head when trying to save Billy.
Behind the Scenes
Freddy Freeman debuted as "Captain Marvel Jr. (now Shazam Jr.)" in Whiz Comics #25, which was published in December 1941 by Fawcett Comics. A member of the Marvel Family, Freeman was created by Ed Herron and Mark Raboy. In his original incarnation, Freddy Freeman was a disabled newsboy who was saved by Captain Marvel (now Shazam) from the villainous Captain Nazi. Fawcett Comics discontinued the Marvel Family comics in 1953 after a lawsuit with National Allied Publications, now DC Comics.
In 1972, DC Comics purchased the rights to the Marvel Family characters, and reintroduced them in a new series titled Shazam!. In 1995, Freeman was introduced again post-Crisis, in The Power of Shazam! #3. The character was rebooted once again in the New 52's "Prime Earth" continuity, this time a foster child from Philadelphia.
- ↑ "‘It’ Star Jack Dylan Grazer Joins DC Superhero Film ‘Shazam!’" - Deadline
- ↑ "Ian Chen & Jovan Armand Join ‘Shazam!’, Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley Jr. Cast In ‘Luce’" - Deadline
- ↑ Shazam!