“Get him, Batman!”
A big new trailer has arrived for Shazam!, the upcoming DC film that will be introducing us to young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his superhero alter ego (Zachary Levi). Warner Bros. has been on point with their marketing for this one, firmly aiming for that one key word after kicking off the DC universe in dark fashion: FUN. High energy, infectious-looking performances, solid effects. Yeah, the whole thing looks like a great time. Sign us up.
A big change of pace for director David F. Sandberg, who climbed the ladder quite quickly since 2016 horror film Lights Out (based on his own short film) and 2017 horror prequel Annabelle: Creation. The screenplay comes from Henry Gayden, who previously wrote 2014 family sc-fi adventure Earth to Echo.
Shazam!, also starring Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, and Marta Milans, will be arriving in Australia on April 4 and opening in the US on April 5.
Synopsis for Shazam!:
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).