The trailer for “Shazam!” dropped a few days ago and for the first time in a good while I’ve become excited for a DC movie. Now, I’m not some Marvel Fanboy hating on DC movies for the sake of hating on them. Wonder WOmen was an absolutely fantastic movie that I enjoyed every single second of. But when we look at the other DC movies, we can see this heavy-handed theme of the brooding hero. We saw it in Superman, Justice League, and then even again in Dawn of Justice. It was especially noticeable in Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy. Yes, I understand that Batman is a brooding hero, so it makes sense for Nolan to play him out as one. And, to be honest he did a fantastic job at it as well. But when you compare it to the latest iteration of DC movies, it doesn’t make sense to try to make Superman a brooding hero, or anyone else within the DC Universe.
But we’re not here to go on a rant about that. At least, not today.
Let’s talk about SHAZAM!
From a first look at the trailer, it seems like DC is finally taking the movie franchise in a different direction. This movie seems like it’s going to be fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable for fans of all ages. That’s great. If anything, it really feels like they’re starting to take a few tips from the other (successful) hero movies, where they aren’t just some crime drama with superpowers. They’re trying to make it a fun, rollercoaster ride.
This change in direction just might be the saving grace DC so desperately needed, seeing as Justice League did incredibly poor at the box offices after Dawn of Justice left so many disappointed.
Shazam (also known as Captain Marvel) is a fictional character that first appeared in “Whiz Comic” from the now defuncted Fawcett Comics. However, in 1967, Marvel Comics trademarked its own Captain Marvel character, so when DC licensed Fawcett’s Captain Marvel in 1972 to revive the hero they had to change the comic book name to “Shazam.” When DC did its New 52 relaunch, it changed the character’s name from Captain Marvel to Shazam as well. The director of Shazam has confirmed that the Captain Marvel name will remain out of the film.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Shazam backstory, Billy Batson is granted the power of the 6 immortal Elders (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury) by the wizard, Shazam, for being pure of heart and because of the misfortune that befell him at such a young age. (Yes, another tragic upbringing with dead parents. How original.) The best way to describe Shazam! is to compare him to Superman but with the mentality of a teenager. He also has speed, super strength, impenetrable skin and so on, but he acts like a teenager and that usually plays a big part a lot of his stories.
Sound great? Well, what are you waiting for! Check out the trailer below.