With just one word, Billy Batson (Asher Angel) can transform from a normal teenager into a grown superhero, Shazam (Zachary Levi). It’s a dream come true until Dr. Thaddeus Sivan’s (Mark Strong) comes after him for his powers.
When it comes to superheroes and comic book films, I usually have a good idea of what to expect. I went in knowing NOTHING about this character or his story – just that Zachary Levi looked super cute as a superhero, which by the way, he totally is.
I was pleasantly surprised with the humorous and heartfelt Shazam. It is a LOT more lighthearted than previous DCEU films, but it’s also a lot better.
It didn’t take itself seriously but I can see where some superhero aficionados might roll their eyes at some of the sillier sequences. But these are the scenes that I think will make children and families excited and into the narrative.
I think the sooner the DCEU stops trying to copy Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy or focusing on being dark and brooding the better this comic book universe will be — especially when going up against Marvel, but I digress.
Final Thoughts: Go to see Zachary Levi in spandex. Enjoy that but stay because it’s actually a surprisingly fun time.