Warner Bros. has unveiled a fun new promo for upcoming DC movie Shazam!, which stars Zachary Levi as the titular adult superhero that 14-year-old orphan Billy Batson (Asher Angel) can turn into upon saying the name.
So far, things have been looking very good for this DC adventure. The tone’s looking undeniably fun and charming, with a self-awareness and infectious attitude displayed that will hopefully prove to be more than just solid marketing; the first official trailer for Suicide Squad, after all, had hopes quite high.
The film marks quite a big change of pace for director David F. Sandberg, who broke out with the horror short Lights Out, which he then directed into a feature film with James Wan producing. Wan kept Sandberg on for horror prequel Annabelle: Creation, which drew a massive $US306 million from a budget of just $US15 million.
Shazam! also stars Mark Strong as villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer as Billy’s foster brother and buddy Freddy Freeman, and Djimon Hounsou as power-giver The Wizard (aka also Shazam), among others. The film arrives in Australia on April 4 and opens in US cinemas 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).