New 52 Billy BRATson sucks. But wait, you claim he's more realistic. Ok, but Earth One or MOS Superman is out of character, right? Tell me again how those stories ruin the character and the writers obviously didn't get it.
BRATson is a whiny brat who uses his situation as justification for his asshole ness. That's like Superman robbing banks or raping people and using his status as the last Kryptonian to justify it. Not to mention that this "depressed kid with heart of gold" is lazy ass writing at its best (worst). Look at Shazam: The New Beginning from 1987. While not a great origin, let alone a great story, it is leaps and bounds better than New 52 Shazam. There, Billy is taken care of by his uncle Dudley, who does his best even though his lack of steady employment keeps him from being able to give Billy a lot of wants or even needs. Despite this, Billy loves his uncle, and sees past his flaws.
Speaking of which, when informed of the fact that being raised by his uncle would keep said uncle from going on the road as a traveling stage magician, Billy does everything in his power to make sure that his uncle of relieved of responsibility so that he can follow his dream job. To do this, however, he says some rather harsh things. To ensure his success, he remarks that he doesn't want to be with his uncle, as unlike said uncle, he wants to become something in adulthood and not be a joke playing with children's things. This scene is honestly rather heart-wrenching. To think of how the guy had to feel: he was obviously quite old, and by being told by almost everyone that he was a failure, he now must have felt that he had wasted his life. On top of this, this revelation is not brought from a previous aggressor, like Sivana, but rather his nephew Billy. To hear these words from a child who had theretofore looked up to and respected him as some sort of hero, and now being seen as a failure, is depressing to think about. However, this is much better done than New 52, where Billy lackadaisically makes a young girl cry and thinks nothing of it. Wow, Bill. Regular badass you are. Do you shoot pool with Wolverine?
Than we have the basic premise of Captain Marvel: Billy was chosen because he WAS/IS a good kid and had not been corrupted or made cynical by his situation. In New 52, this pompous little asshole is given power anyway, with Geoff Johns and his fans using the lame excuse of character development and such. I seriously wanna hear ONE GOOD ARGUMENT against pre-new 52 Billy's personality.
Detractor: lol old bil-e sux and is too niec. So boring, pollyanna boy. So perfect, act so silly and dumb.
Person who ISN'T ignorant: Um, maybe in silver age throwbacks, or kids books like Magic of Shazam, which were intentionally trying to capture the whimsy of the Fawcett stuff. Otherwise, he's still a regular kid. He doesn't need to cuss every other line, make little girls cry, or talk about how much wants to "bang that Stargirl with the hot ass" or some other "relatable" crap.
Take the episode of Batman:Brave and the Bold with Black Adam. Billy, while not brooding, is obviously sad at not being adopted and not having a family. Yet, he still is not an asshole. At the end of the episode, when he finally meets Mary, we see his world seemingly light up, as he's finally found his family. Naw, that's lame. Needs more BRATson.
Also, Harry Potter is not an asshole, and people apparently love him. He's a magical character that talks to a wizard, so what gives?
It pisses me off because, despite trolls whining, most of the New 52 characters have not been given character facelifts. Superman still acts like Superman. Don't talk about "he's a douchebag", cuz the early Action Comics is based off of the Golden Age, which was the true Superman before censorship forced the Silver Age/Donnerman god to become the norm. Wonder Woman, conversely, despite the huge mythos revamping, and the knowledge of her heritage, is still loving and caring. Meanwhile, Billy is turned into a jerk and everyone thinks it's great writing. It's especially sickening because Shazam: The New Beginning is held in such a low regard, and yet it succeeds at so many levels that New 52 Shazam fails at. It's disgusting and I hate it. Why the crap is this so popular?