The latest hero to join the pantheon of the DC movie universe is Shazam, and from what I’m seeing so far, it’s looking quite promising.
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).
Shazam has always been one of my favorite heroes from the DC Universe. I think it stems mostly from the concept of his powers and the potential he has as a hero. So when I heard about a Shazam movie, I was excited and worried as one should be with DC movies. Sure, Wonder Woman did well but that’s just one film. However, if the trailer is anything to go by, then this may not be flop after all.
The movie seems to stay true to the source material for the most part and actually does a good job in capturing the essences of Shazam’s character.