Adventures of Captain Marvel is a 1941 American 12-chapter black-and-white movie serial from Republic Pictures, produced by Hiram S. Brown, Jr., directed by John English and William Witney, that stars Tom Tyler in the title role of Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan, Jr. as his alter ego, Billy Batson. The first of the movie superheroes. Classic Saturday morning cinema serial based on the character in WHIZ COMICS Magazine about the boy who becomes a superhero when he says "Shazam" and he fights a mysterious masked villain called The Scorpion. Republic Pictures had tried to make a deal with DC Comics to make serials of Superman and Batman in 1940, but were turned down and instead made a deal with Whiz Comics in 1941. This was actually the very first of the many movies based on costumed super heroes, predating Superman and Batman by two years. Because it was released at the start of America's involvement in World War II, and there were paper drives over the next few years, original 1941 movie paper on this title is extremely rare.