The Movie Waffler DC Lightens Up In First SHAZAM! Trailer | The Movie Waffler

DC Lightens Up In First SHAZAM! Trailer

shazam movie
First trailer for the light-hearted superhero movie.

Warner Bros' screen adaptations of DC comics have become known for their dark tone, an aesthetic choice that has even been mocked in movies like The LEGO Batman Movie and Deadpool 2.

To counter the moodiness of Batman and his cohorts, DC now gives us Shazam!, the story of a boy (Asher Angel) with the ability to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) by shouting the titular phrase. Every hero needs a villain of course, and his nemesis comes in the form of Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).

Directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), Shazam! is in UK/ROI cinemas April 2019.

You can check out the first trailer, fresh from San Diego Comic-Con, below.

The official synopsis reads:

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).