As promised, the first official trailer for Shazam! was launched during Warner Bros.' Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. And as promised, it's tons of fun!
Right from the beginning, Shazam! was met with skepticism from the superhero movie fandom. At first, there were concerns about whether David F. Sandberg, who had only directed a couple of horror movies, was the right choice for the helm. Then, Zachary Levi was cast in the titular role and people felt that he was too lean and thin to play such a burly superhero. Later, when the first look at Levi's superhero surfaced on web, questions were raised about the costume.
But now that the first trailer has arrived, we can put all doubts about the April 5, 2019 release to rest. The footage included in the nearly three minute long video proves that Sandberg as masterly in the comedy genre as he is in the horror genre. Levi too nails it. He appears to have the intimidating physique necessary for the role and his performance makes the whole concept of a 14-year-old kid trapped into a godlike body believable.
Plot-wise, the Shazam! trailer gives out as much as movie-goers need to know - nothing more. At first, we get to know who Billy Batson, portrayed by Asher Angel, is. Then, we are given a fair idea about how he gets his superpowers. Finally, we see how this teenager handles his newfound abilities. There's also a brief confrontation between the superhero and his principal adversary for the movie, Mark Strong's Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. It emulates a visually epic moment from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, albeit in a more upbeat fashion. Check out the trailer below!
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word"”SHAZAM!"”this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, 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.