About the film
Director: David F. Sandberg
Actors: Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Zachary LeviLike a combination between SUPERMAN and BIG, SHAZAM! is a goofy, lovable, family-friendly twist on the superhero genre. It’s a refreshing reminder that as much as we love watching films about dark, brooding, morally-compromised crusaders, comic book films can also be bright, bold, and just plain fun.
Initially created as a Superman knockoff called Captain Marvel (it's a long story), Shazam was the most popular comic book character of the 1940s. It’s the ultimate in comic-book wish fulfillment, with an origin story so simple you’d think a kid dreamed it up, Shazam is the story of how a young boy learns a magic word that grants him the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. In other words...SHAZAM!
In the film, a mysterious being chooses foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) as a vessel for its extraordinary powers. When Billy says this being’s name, he transforms from a 14 year-old boy into the grown-up superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi, THOR: RAGNAROK). With his friend Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer, IT) in tow, he works to make sense of his powers. That’s until an equal and opposite force appears on the scene: Doctor Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). Suddenly, Shazam has an arch-nemesis. The trouble is he’s still a 14-year-old boy inside, doesn’t really know how to use his powers, and would rather be dicking around shooting lightning from his fingertips to the Rocky theme than saving the world.
SHAZAM! Is massive fun. With a great comic actor like Zachary Levi wearing the cape, SHAZAM! manages to give us something we haven't seen from superhero cinema in far too long; the importance of supporting and nurturing young people, it really does feel like the movie we need right now.