It’s been a Monday, hasn’t it? If you’ve been following the news today, you’ve probably heard about Luke Perry and Keith Flint’s unexpected passings at the young ages of 52 and 49, respectively. Needless to say, it’s been a miserable time.
Fortunately, though, it’s not all doom and gloom. DC has released the final trailer for Shazam! and it’s lifted our spirits somewhat. Check it out below:
Now tell me that isn’t a wonderful trailer. Did you spot another popular DC hero in the background? Well, a stuffed toy iteration of said hero anyway. I love the film’s sense of humor already.
Shazam! tells the heroic tale of 14-year-old Billy Batson, a troubled kid who ends up gaining the ability to turn into a powerful adult superhero whenever he utters the word “Shazam!” out loud. With his newfound abilities, he must learn how to save the world from a big evil that threatens to destroy humankind.
Starring Zachary Levi as the titular, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong a the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Shazam! looks set to continue DC’s recent trend of lighthearted, fun superhero blockbusters. I personally prefer this style of crusader caper and I can’t wait to see this one when it hits theatres.
Shazam! is also a refreshing change of pace in the current superhero climate as it’s a very kid-centric movie. While most of these blockbusters are geared towards families, it’s nice to see one come along featuring a protagonist that many young viewers will be able to identify with. We need more movies like that.
Another aspect which makes Shazam! a breath of fresh air among contemporary blockbusters is its resistance to digital de-ageing technology, which has been all the rage in Hollywood in recent times. DC’s counterparts over at Marvel have used digital effects several times to present younger versions of the actors playing younger versions of their characters. I miss the days when movies were creative and cast different actors to play the same character at different stages in their lives. CGI when done well is awesome, but casting real humans gives movies more of a soul if you ask me.
This isn’t the first Shazam! adaptation. Back in the ’70s, Filmation produced a TV series starring Michael Gray and Jackson Bostwick and later John Davey as the young Bill and his adult superhero alias, respectively. But it’s great to see a quirky hero pairing like this given a big blockbuster makeover, and the movie looks funny, heartfelt, and full of adventure.
After a rocky start, the DCEU is finally starting to find its groove and I for one am 100% on board. This new focus on individual movies as opposed to shoehorning all of their stars into mighty team-up movies is the route to go. When they eventually do posse up again, it will feel more organic. Until then, just keep giving us awesome movies like this one is going to be.
We don’t have too long to wait for the movie arriving either, as it hits multiplexes on April 5, 2019.