New Shazam Footage Reveals a Joyous Superhero Expertise
Can formally affirm: Shazam! seems to be pleasant AF. A number of days in the past, Warner Bros. invited Collider and some different journalists to the studio’s Burbank lot to look at some prolonged footage from the upcoming superhero flick starring Zachary Levi. Director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran have been readily available to introduce the footage, and actually emphasised that the movie is continuous DC’s lighthearted streak began by Marvel Girl and Aquaman.
“It provides you a way of how we leaned in on the comedy and the enjoyable, particularly as you see Billy Batson exploring his powers,” Safran stated. “We’re simply enthusiastic about Shazam! We expect it’s one thing so totally different, so authentic from something that’s been supplied by DC or, frankly, anyone else within the superhero world.”
“Totally different” is the operative phrase right here, for certain, because the tone of this footage is gentle 12 months’s away from the dour darkness of Batman vs. Superman and the odd tonal mishmash of Justice League. The footage we noticed was, above all else, genuinely humorous, with Levi working rather well reverse his extremely sport younger co-star, Jack Dylan Grazer.
However first, the footage itself: The clips opened with the youthful Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and motor-mouthed Freddy Freeman (Grazer) of their faculty cafeteria, debating between the facility of flight and invisibility. Freeman concludes, accurately, that flight is for heroes and invisibility is for pervy individuals. Grazer’s character is an obsessive fan of the superheroes that exist within the DCEU, and his prize possession is a bullet that was smashed in opposition to Superman’s physique. (The Man of Metal and Batman are very a lot a presence in Shazam!, even when they don’t really seem.)
After faculty, Freddy is accosted by a pair of bullies, however Billy bats them away together with his pal’s crutch. He escapes on to the Philadelphia subway, which instantly begins to magically fritz out; the opposite passengers disappear in an virtually Infinity Struggle–like mud cloud and Billy is taken to The Rock of Eternity, the “supply of all magic.”
For anybody who likes their comedian guide films mystical, this would be the spotlight. Sandberg and Co. are going all in on the origin story’s extra fantastical components, and Djimon Hounsou strikes a really implausible, Gandalf-like determine as The Wizard. Hounsou’s character relates the story of his energy to Billy, together with an individual prior to now who used it for evil ends. (We see this caped determine outlined in swirling mist, and it’s possibly, possibly Black Adam? Sandberg and Safran would neither affirm nor deny.) The Wizard tells Billy to easily say his identify, “Shazam”, to harness this energy himself. After a chuckle, Billy obliges, and one very sudden thunderclap later—shoutout to Sandberg and the jump-scare expertise he honed on Annabelle: Creation—and Billy is again on the subway within the physique of Zachary Levi, and a fellow passenger is complimenting his flamboyant tights and cape. (Low-key my favourite comedic second of the footage is Billy, not used to being so tall, completely nailing his head whereas exiting the subway.)
From there, Billy seeks out Freddy as a result of he’s “higher at this Caped Crusader stuff than I’m.” Within the alleyway outdoors Freddy’s home, the duo uncover that Billy can’t fly (but) and may’t flip invisible, however he can shoot lighting from his fingertips, which he by chance makes use of to knock out an influence line. Whereas experimenting with lightning powers on a playground at night time, Billy and Freddy come throughout a mugging happening. Billy by chance makes use of super-speed—one other energy on the checklist!—to knock the mugger out, after which struggles to clarify what his superhero identify is.
Freddy: His identify is Thundercrack.
Freddy: Philadelphia Man.
Billy: That’s a cream cheese factor.
From there, Billy and Freddy head to a comfort retailer to purchase beer. (Freddy: “We don’t have a faux ID.” Billy: “I am the faux ID.”) This scene, through which the comfort retailer simply occurs to get robbed, has been proven probably the most within the first trailer, however there’s an amazing bit the place Billy discovers he’s bulletproof and palms the weapons again to the criminals to shoot him some extra. This was adopted by a fast have a look at the second trailer which confirmed a lot extra of Mark Sturdy‘s villainous Sivana and an enthralling second the place Billy learns he can fly, and that was all she wrote.
It’s laborious to say what sort of response Shazam goes to get. Like I stated, this footage was a blast. All of the expectations touting this movie as extra of an action-comedy than something are actually true, and it’s legitimately humorous, not simply “humorous for a comic book guide film.” Grazer goes to interrupt out in an enormous approach because of this; he performs an amazing 80s-style motormouthed nerd, and his vitality alongside each Angel and Levi crackles simply as a lot because the lightning. Plus, it’s simply so refreshing to look at a superhero who’s so gosh darn hyped to be a superhero.
However I additionally know that the O.G. DCEU as directed by Zack Snyder has lots of followers—very, very passionate followers—and a Zack Snyder joint Shazam! is most actually not. It’s not fairly Marvel shiny, however this feels utterly totally different from even Man of Metal, way more in the identical vein as Aquaman. In the event you like your DC Comics heroes mopey and mad—which could be cool!—you won’t like the place Shazam! is flying the franchise.
Both approach, we’ll discover out when the movie hits theaters on April 5. Till then, take a look at a brand new featurette that sees Levi, Angel, and Grazer taking you behind the scenes of the movie.