If you are a loyal comic book follower or an avid movie fan then you will be familiar with this one. Coming from DC Comics (who are on the up lately), Shazam! is the latest flick from the studio. Nothing but positive reviews it has received from critics so far and it looks like it will very well be a winner and a hit with many. We have only seen snippets of it and we have no doubt that it definitely will hit all the right notes. It’s also unlike DC in its approach as once again the studio has chosen to go the lighter route with this one and not delve into the more darker broody side that the studio is famously known for. But with a character like this one why would you want to get all serious?
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word–SHAZAM!–this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary 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).
In Zachary Levi the movie has an unassuming choice for the lead but the more you think about it and start to unravel the story the more it makes perfect sense. It’s also key to note that this won’t form part of any other DC Comics movies and will be a standalone movie with a different universe altogether so don’t hold out hope of potentially seeing this character in say a Justice League or Batman, Superman etc movie. If anything this looks like a lot of fun and we are more than up for that. Shazam! is in cinemas officially from this coming Saturday.