SHAZAM! Was one of the few DC comics I really enjoyed growing up. That’s saying a lot since I only read a handful of DC Comics and favored Marvel instead. Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are bringing SHAZAM! to theaters and the trailer looks like the movie could be excellent. Check it out below along with a synopsis of the story.
David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) directs New Line Cinema’s SHAZAM!, the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the Kingsman movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran (upcoming Aquaman, The Conjuring and Annabelle films) serves as the film’s producer.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
The movie looks like it could be really good, although I’m a little concerned that it may look a little too much like The Tick in costume, tone, look and feel. Only time will tell and more trailers are needed. The ultimate test will be the first weekend at the box office.