The DCCU (is anyone still calling it that?), has been in dire straits for a bit. Even though there’s a colorful new superhero film on the horizon (Aquaman), no one’s really certain how long this iteration of the connected universe will exist. So, at the very least, everyone should be thankful that something like Shazam exists. All of the “aww, shucks” and “gee-whiz” energy contained in the first trailer seems exactly like the fresh breath of air that’s needed. A feeling that’s made its way onto the posters now.
It’s to contain a smile when looking at that. Sure, it’s goof, ridiculous and maybe a little childish, but that’s exactly what’ll make this movie stand out. Plus, it’s literally a teenage kid in the body of an adult superhero, therefore capturing the necessary tone perfectly. DC could stand a little lightheartedness in their feature output and this one might just scratch that itch.
For those who haven’t revisited the first trailer in a while, here’s the official synopsis:
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 (Mark Strong).
Are you all a fan of the poster? Will you watch anything Zachary Levi is in? Or are you waiting to see how Aquaman preforms before deciding where your hard earned money will go? Let us know! With Wonder Woman 1984 moved back to 2020, Shazam is your big tentpole DC feature of 2019. We’re crossing out fingers it ends up knocking things out of the park. Either way, you can catch it in theaters, on April 5, of next year.