Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for their next comic book movie on deck, Shazam!. Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! follows a 14-year-old foster kid, Billy Batson, who has been given the gift every young kid wants, the chance to be a superhero. Still a kid at heart, Billy must master his newfound powers to prepare for the fight that’s headed his way thanks to the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
If you have seen our very first reaction to the debut trailer of Shazam! from last summer at San Diego Comic-Con, you know that I became instantly skeptical of the movie from its first round of footage. If anything, I was caught off guard from the type of tone the film was displaying. While it may have come off this way at the time, in no way was I saying it looked terrible or anything of that nature, I was just slightly confused because of the kind of expectations I had for it. With that all said, and now that it’s months later with much more footage out there, I can say that I’m slowly beginning to come on board the movie because I now know what it’s trying to be.
The one word that continues to revolve around this project as each new trailer is released is the word fun. It looks more and more fun each time we see something new, and that has become even more so with this brand new featurette that’s hit the web. While it mostly includes footage that’s been shown a time or two before, it’s the behind-the-scenes antics from the cast that gives it a very light-hearted feel. If any of that chemistry does translate to the screen, this could be another smash for WB and DC. Here’s to hoping that is in fact the case.
Watch the new featurette below, and make sure to leave all your questions, comments and concerns in the sections beneath the video. What are your thoughts on the movie? Have you liked all the trailers? Maybe slowly be getting on board like myself? How about Zachary Levi in the role? Also starring Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer and Mark Strong, Sandberg’s Shazam! flies into theaters on April 5th.
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).