When the professors of the Malcolm Archeological Expedition uncover the forbidden secrets of the fabled Scorpion Dynasty, they unwittingly release a deadly super-weapon into the world. Their actions also awaken its guardian--the immortal wizard Shazam--from his eternal slumber. In order to combat the great evil now let loose upon the world, Shazam grants young Billy Batson the miraculous abilities of ancient legends. By speaking the wizard's name, SHAZAM, Billy becomes the superheroic Captain Marvel, endowed with the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. When a mysterious, sinister figure called the Scorpion begins a campaign of terror to obtain the weapon, Billy Batson will need all of his new powers and the help of his friends to defeat the Scorpion and restore peace once again. (1941 - Republic Pictures)
ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL was the first superhero film adaptation of a comic book. Directed by William Witney and John English, the serial cost $145,588 to produce.