A trailer has dropped for the upcoming DC Extended Universe film Shazam, promising a more humorous take on the superhero genre.
The film comes out on April 5, 2019; the trailer was thus dubbed only a “teaser,” but is nearly 3 minutes long and gives a basic overview of what the plot will be.
It opens with our main character, Billy Batson, who is played by Asher Angel (Andi Mack). An orphaned teenager, he has apparently run away from at least six foster homes in the past, and sullenly tells his social worker that he can “take care of myself.” Nevertheless he is put with a new family and meets his foster brother, Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), a snarky superhero fanboy who walks with a crutch.
As promotional pictures had already implied, Freddy is set to have a major part in this movie. When he is attacked by bullies, Billy, though initially inclined to walk away, picks up Freddy’s fallen crutch and comes to his defense. Billy is, naturally, then chased by the vengeful punks and winds up on a subway car, where things take a turn for the supernatural and he finds himself in the cave of a wizard named Shazam (Djimon Hounsou).
Billy scoffs at the name. “Are you for real?”
Nevertheless, it turns out that he has been chosen as the wizard’s new “Champion,” and by saying his somewhat silly name, Billy transforms into an adult superhero, now played by Zachary Levi. He goes home, meets back up with Freddy, and proceeds to test out his new powers, which include super strength, flight, shooting lightning (to charge phones) and immunity to bullets.
He learns that one during a convenience store robbery. “You’re dead,” he says to the would-be robbers, before throwing them out the window. He and then Freddy then leave with arms full of junk food. However, he will have more trouble against supervillain Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong), whom we see only briefly, blocking one of Billy’s super-powered punches.
So far, reaction to the trailer seems to be mostly positive, which is good news for Warner Bros.; Shazam is part of a concerted effort to take the DC Extended Universe (or Worlds of DC?) in a more lighthearted direction after criticism of its darker tone. It looks as if fans are ready for some adolescent fun going forward.