5 Ways To Make The ‘Shazam’ Movie Relatable & Engaging

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Shazam DC ComicsThe DC Extended Universe is set to expand to new heights in the next few years. Not only will we see the Justice League 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.

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Nick Kazden

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  • Great article. I hope they go this route.

  • David Chlystek

    They need to keep the wonderment of a kid now having superpowers. It is the ultimate wish fulfillment. They have to look no further than Tom Hank’s “Big” to see how to handle this. Also, he needs to screw up big time as Shazam. His inexperience in big situations and having a sense of being overwhelmed and up against unbeatable odds will only make for a better movie. That was what I was expecting from Black Adam, a villain who has his powers, but has thousands of years of experience to draw from, and no moral center. I hope they keep a lot of the whimsey of the original series. That is what set Captain Marvel apart from Superman, and at the time, made him more popular. His friends and family should be his base, it is what grounds Billy. His true weakness.

  • Axxell

    0: Lock Zack Snyder out of the studio.

  • Jordan

    i don’t disagree with your points but doesn’t that make the movie very similar to Ant-man? I’m not going the Marvel vs DC route but I think it would be very similar to Ant-man, which isn’t a bad thing.

  • Mike Robertson

    #6: Don’t give him a hood-cape thing
    #7: Market the movie as “Shazam!”, but call him Captain Marvel throughout the film.
    #8: Steve Buschemi should play Doctor Sivana (Provided he’s willing to shave his head bald), and I would suggest Jon Hamm as the Big Red Cheese himself.
    #9: Keep Zach Snyder & Warner Bros. producers who keep pushing for DC movies to be “Darker and more gritty” FAR AWAY from this film. Making a “Dark & Gritty” Shazam! movie would be completely missing the point of the character.

    I’ve got some opinions about this stuff, in case you couldn’t tell.