The DCEU is heading in a new direction. And it could be one that improves the franchise as a whole.
With Shazam! nearing its release, Warner Bros. has revealed the newest trailer for the thundering hero. And judging by the looks of things, it will be a lot of fun. Something the DCEU wasn’t really known for, for quite some time. Check out the latest trailer below.
Shazam! is WB’s superhero take on Big. Of course, when you have someone like Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a kid getting superpowers by shouting a name thereby turning him into a muscle-bound adult hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), it would give way to lots of mischief. But when the time comes for him to accept the responsibilities of being a hero, Billy has no clue what to do. That is especially true when he comes face to face with the villainous Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).
I’m not going to lie. I’m glad that WB is taking the DCEU in a new direction. They no longer have to try to be something they are not. There’s no sense in trying to replicate the success of Marvel. They are just doing their own thing and creating their own identity as a studio that releases superhero films. And it looks like they will be having fun doing that by giving us a hero that embraces a lot of the lightheartedness and humor that comes with having a kid with super powers.
Also starring in the film is Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Milans, and Cooper Andrews.
Here’s the official plot 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 (Djimon Hounsou). 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).
Directed by David F. Sandberg, using a screenplay written by Henry Gayden, Shazam! opens in theaters on April 5, 2019.