The Magic Word Is Shazam!
One of the most anticipated trailers to debut at San Diego Comic-Con this year is for DC’s Shazam!. Fans have been begging for months over when the first trailer would be released. The leaked images of star Zachary Levy in the costume is all they’ve had to go by. Now the wait is finally over.
Shazam! follows the story of Billy Batson, a foster kid whose life is about to change. Billy is placed with a new foster family and is soon chosen to be the become a superhero by a powerful wizard. When Billy says the magic word ‘Shazam’, he transforms into an adult with magical superpowers. Billy, along with his foster brother Freddy, tries to discover and test his new powers.
Shazam! stars Zachary Levi (Shazam), Mark Strong (Dr. Thaddeus Sivana), Djimon Hounsou (The Wizard), Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Asher Angel (Billy Batson), Grace Fulton (Mary Bromfield), Ross Butler, Adam Brody, and Michelle Borth. The film is directed by David F. Sandberg.
Shazam! marks the return of Mark Strong to the DC Universe as the titular villain Dr. Sivana. Strong is best known for his amazing portrayal of Sinestro in Green Lantern.
Star Zachary Levi said this earlier this year about his role in the film,
“I get to do my version of Big, basically. It’s like Superman meets Big, and that’s just so fun. I get to be a superhero that’s excited about being a superhero, and I think that’s refreshing. It’s not glum, and like, ‘Oh, I have to save the world again.’ So I think it’s all really gravy.”
The trailer is brilliant and shows a lighter side to the otherwise darker DC films to date. There have been mostly positive reactions from fans to the film and trailer so far. The movie’s lighter tone may resonate with fans after the critical success of Wonder Woman and the lackluster performance of Justice League.
There are several easter eggs to other DC films in the trailer. See if you can spot them all and leave them in the comments below.