What makes this heroine different is that her alter ego is a guy -- literally! Guy Hamdon (voice of Sam Vincent) puts on a ring that belonged to his late Aunt Agnes. Without warning, Guy utters a special catchphrase and becomes the highly respected SheZow -- complete with skirt, pink gloves, and white go-go boots.
When reached via telephone, series creator Obie Scott Wade talked about his inspirations for "SheZow" and why the dialogue is so "she-rrific."
Where did you get the inspiration for this series?I actually had the idea when I was a kid. I watched a show called "Shazam and Isis" -- I'm dating myself by telling you that. Isis had this magic amulet, and she would say the magic words, "Oh Mighty Isis." I wondered what would happen if I put that [amulet] on? Would I suddenly be given her powers? Would I have to wear her costume?
Oh my gosh! I worried about the problems of flying in a short skirt. It's been something I've had in mind since I was a kid. Around that same time or actually a little before then, I was a big fan of "Bewitched." I always thought that someday, I wanted to grow up and make my own TV show about somebody with a magic secret.
I also thought what would happen if [Captain Marvel] said "Shezam" instead of "Shazam." Would it change his costume? Would he become a different hero? I've always been fascinated with the transformation tropes of superheroes.
Is there an upper limit on the number of "she-puns" that you can put in one episode?
No, they are pretty infinite. There are some words that lend themselves to those she-puns. A lot of the time as we were writing the show, people would try to come up with other ones. Those either worked or they didn't.
Will we get into the history or mythology of SheZow? You put some hints out there that indicate SheZow has been around for a while, even before the days when Guy's aunt wore the ring.
We actually explore that in one of the episodes. Guy/SheZow has to go back in time to stop Mega Monkey from doing something, and in doing so, he encounters three past SheZows: a 1920s SheZow/flapper, a Wild West SheZow, and then the earliest SheZow on Earth (She-anderthal).
That was really fun. We got to play with some of the animation, too, and do some black-and-white and sepia tones as he went back in time. So it's a unique episode.
Through the first season, will we see more of the powers that come with being SheZow?
Yes. There's this whole universe happening around SheZow, and [Guy] steps into it and knows nothing about it. His sister knows everything about it. As he goes along, he experiences a number of SheZow side effects, things that would only happen to superheroes.
What happens when a superhero gets cold? What happens when a superhero does something that's slightly outside the law? Also, what happens when a superhero practices their powers, and do they get to unlock new powers? All of that gets explored.
Was Guy putting on the ring just an accident, or was it destined to happen?
You'll have to wait and watch the last episode to find out. That's his big question all along: Why? Is this something that Aunt Agnes wanted? Why does the ring work on me? It's always passed down from great aunts to great nieces. He's the first guy that it's ever worked on.
"SheZow" makes its American debut on Saturday, 06/01 at 12:30 PM on The Hub Network.
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