“Shazam!”: DC’s new champion

Picture of Shazam!'s official website showcasing Zachary Levi in his Shazam! costume.

By Eric Morales ’21

“Shazam!” brings a fresh take to a repetitive genre, has comical comedy, and has phenomenal acting.

The dying wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) is in need of a new champion to take his place. After an endless search to find one who is pure of heart, he desperately chooses 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) before his last breath. Now being the wizards champion, all Billy has to do is say the word to become Shazam! (Zachary Levi). He must soon master his new powers and learn what it means to be a hero to stop the evil Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong).

“Shazam!” is not your ordinary superhero movie. Superhero films today focus on the action, the visuals, or the established franchise itself. “Shazam!”, however, focuses on something much different. The movie itself focuses more on the storyline rather than the action and the visuals. It is a story about a teenage boy who gains Superman-like powers which is something that has not been adapted into the big screen. What is different about “Shazam!” is that it takes the perspective of a teenager and his family in this world of superheros and it also heavily focuses on the theme of abandonment and how parents affect their children.

“Shazam!” brings its comical comedy to the table. Its comedy is not something that is forgotten. From being introduced to his new foster family, to learning about his new powers and abilities, to fighting bad guys and saving people from the damage he causes. This movie is a fun ride and really goes out with its comedy. Zachary Levi was born to play the role of “Shazam!” which leads me to my next point.

The action in “Shazam!” is phenomenal. Considering that this movie is about a teenage boy with superpowers, the actors acting pays off and make this process seem believable and not forced.

Some people may not want to watch this movie because it is a DC movie, but I disagree with this statement. As previously shown, DC can make good movies such as Wonder Woman and Aquaman, and “Shazam!” is not different.

  • Release: April 5, 2019
  • Rating PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi