Warner Bros. revealed new footage from DC Films’ upcoming Shazam! film at CinemaCon tonight, showing off new footage of Zachary Levi as the titular character, as well as Mark Strong wielding his powers as the film’s villain, Dr. Sivana.
Not much else is known about the footage shown during the presentation, though it sounds like Dr. Sivana’s powers are going to be visualized similar to a “force push” from the Star Wars films. The movie is still being touted as Big but with super powers. Along those lines, director David F. Sandberg also said the film will be accessible for the whole family. Additionally, Levi’s suit seems to look better in motion, despite some criticism when set pictures of him in costume leaked a while back.
Also, to note, they showed some BTS footage from Shazam! which was similar to what we saw on set. Levi looks great in costume and it’s referred to BIG with Superpowers. Also got a peek at Mark Strong’s Dr. Sivana using his powers to “force push” people. #CinemaCon
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David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) is directing from a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Shazam! is being produced by New Line Cinema in conjunction with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.
Here’s the official synopsis for DC’s Shazam!:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), 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 (Strong).”
Shazam! is slated to hit theaters April 5, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Shazam! and the future of DC Films as we learn it.
5 Ways To Make The ‘Shazam’ Movie Relatable & Engaging
The DC Extended Universe is set to expand to new heights in the next few years. Not only will we see the Aquaman hit the big screen this year, but we also have exciting movies like Dark Universe and Shazam! coming soon.
Shazam — a.k.a. Captain Marvel, though I doubt DC will ever call him that again — is a perfect character to bring to the big screen. The dark, gritty vibe of the DCEU works for characters like Batman or the Suicide Squad, but Shazam deserves something a bit more bright and lively.
The story of Billy Batson walking into a magical world and gaining both the powers of distinct mythical deities and the appearance of a strong adult, He-Man style, is perfect for the big screen. But, as with a lot of superheroes, the trick is making them relatable, and Shazam, with his magic and transformative powers, could be the trickiest of all.
Click the Next button and shout “Shazam” to find out the five ways I think Warner Bros. can make his movie relatable and engaging.