Pretending to be a superhero is half the enjoyable of childhood. However what if you happen to might go from being a child to an grownup with god-worthy powers simply by uttering a single phrase?
That is precisely what occurs within the upcoming film Shazam, through which younger character Billy Batson can immediately become an grownup superhero simply by yelling the phrase ‘Shazam!’ The movie bought a brand new teaser on Jan. 20 containing a Man of Steel Easter Egg.
Who’s making it?
The most recent movie within the DC Expanded Universe is directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.
Shazam would be the first movie depiction of the character for the reason that 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel, the superhero’s authentic title. It is also the primary full-length characteristic movie centered round Shazam.
Whereas the movie has officially wrapped, each star Zachary Levi and director David F. Sandberg have shared their very own Shazam tributes on-line.
In late Might, Levi posted to Instagram a fan-made image of Shazam slurping on a gentle drink whereas watching fellow DC Comics superheroes Superman and Batman battle it out.
A few days later, Sandberg tweeted a short video mashup mixing the goofiness of Billy Batson/Shazam with the moodier motion pictures followers are used to seeing out of the DC Comics movie universe.
On July 12, Levi’s Shazam superhero costume was officially revealed online. And on just a few days later, followers bought a closer look at Shazam and his internal teen as he blew an enormous bubblegum bubble and checked his cellphone on the quilt of Leisure Weekly.
On Dec. 6, Levi shared the official poster image on his Instagram with the caption, ‘Heyoo! The brand new poster of Shazam film is right here! And a there is a new trailer coming within the new yr.’
On Dec 9, new film footage of the first interaction between Shazam and Dr. Sivana (Mark Robust) was offered at Brazil Comedian Con Expertise.
Within the video, Shazam acts like he’s unbeatable, however villain Dr. Sivana places him in his place by throwing him up into the sky to attempt to make Shazam to beg for his life.
Dr. Sivana complains Shazam acts infantile, and Shazam agrees that he’s certainly a child. As he falls, Shazam screams ‘Superman! Superman!’ and begins to drift.
A comic book-inspired Shazam movie poster was additionally unveiled at Brazil Comedian Con Expertise on Dec. 5.
What we all know concerning the plot
In keeping with the movie’s official description, Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old foster child who at all times stored everybody at arm’s size.
In the future, a dying wizard grants him superpowers of six historic heroes, which Billy can activate every time he says the wizard’s title, ‘Shazam.’ He’s then became the grownup superhero Shazam by way of a magic lightning bolt.
Shazam might seem like an grownup model of himself, however he is nonetheless a teen at coronary heart.
Shazam assessments the bounds of his skills to see if he can fly, have X-ray imaginative and prescient or every other form of superhero-type powers. However he’ll must grasp no matter powers he might need shortly to struggle the lethal forces of evil managed by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Billy’s foster brother and finest buddy Freddy Freeman, who occurs to be a superhero knowledgeable, helps each practice Billy and hold Billy’s new superpowers secret.
Within the official trailer, we see all of these plot factors to be true, however there’s additionally a powerful humorousness all through the movie. In a single sequence, Billy assessments out his new superhero skills as Shazam that embrace flying, power and being bulletproof.
Some theories (based mostly on the comics)
Within the comics, Billy is reworked right into a magical flying grownup superhero who has ‘the genius of Solomon, the power of Hercules, the unbreakable will of Atlas, the lightning blasts of Zeus, the facility of Achilles and the velocity of Mercury,’ in accordance with the DC Comics website.
The primary letter of every of the traditional heroes spells out the superhero’s namesake — Shazam.
If the film goes follows the unique comics, we’ll see Shazam not solely have the power, powers and fortitude of mythological Greek gods. He’ll additionally need to deal with powerful enemies in addition to wrestle together with his personal youthful lack of judgment and expertise.
Whereas DC Comics has but to indicate off an official picture from the film, Levi posted to Instagram a photograph the place he poses subsequent to a poster of himself as Shazam on the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.
The purple superhero swimsuit included the hood attachment seen on the New 52 model of the hero from the comics, according to CNET sister site Comicbook.com.
When does Shazam come out?
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Footage will launch Shazam in theaters on April 5, 2019 within the US and UK. An Australian launch has not but been introduced. The movie can even be accessible in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.
Meet the forged
Zachary Levi as Shazam
Asher Angel as Billy Batson
Adam Brody as an unnamed principal forged member
Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield
Andi Osho as Ms. Glover
Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez
D.J. Cotrona as a principal forged member
David J. MacNeil as Mr. Bryer
Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley
Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield
Ian Chen as Eugene Choi
Jack Grazer as Freddy Freeman
Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña
Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez
Ron C. Jones as The Wizard