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First Reactions To “Shazam!” Suggests A Triumph For DC

It’s a good time for superhero films. Captain Marvel is in theaters now, killing it at the box office. Aquaman is currently finishing up its blockbuster theatrical run. In just about a month both Avengers: Endgame and Shazam! will be coming out. A few days ago, Shazam! debuted a brand new Trailer, as Warner Bros. and DC hype up their high profile April release. This is wha we wrote, in part: “While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has more or less chugged along with success after success, the same has not been the case for the DC Cinematic Universe. In fact, it’s largely been considered a misfire. As DC and Warner Bros. attempt to course correct, they’re worrying less about connecting their films and more about making fun ones. To that end, Shazam! looks to be their first near comedy.” Well, some of my colleagues have seen the film, and it’s apparently top notch. We’ll show you some reactions to the flick next, but first…a refresher.

The movie is a superhero origin story, as you might have guessed. The rather simple description from IMDb goes like this: “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 superhero Shazam.” Billy (Asher Angel) just has to say the magic word and he turns into Shazam (Zachary Levi). However, he has no clue how to use his newfound powers. Comedic discoveries ensue, aided by his friend Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer). He’ll have to get it together quickly though, as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) looms as a super villain challenge to the hero. David F. Sandberg directs a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Maxime Alexandre provides the cinematography, while the score is by Benjamin Wallfisch. The supporting cast for this one includes Adam Brody, D.J. Cotrona, Meagan Good, Djimon Hounsou, and many more.

Here are some of the first reactions to Shazam! from a few nights ago:

Stay tuned for more on Shazam! over the next month or so!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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