14-year-old soars to Superhero-dom in newest DC Release
by Chris Pena – Staff Writer
“Shazam!”, DC’s latest film, is a great movie that continues DC’s hot streak. The film stars Zachary Levi as Billy Batson, who, with the saying of one word, goes from a 14-year-old kid to an adult. Asher Angel portrays the younger version of Billy Batson.
The film tells the story of a troubled orphan boy who, throughout his young life, has constantly ran away from foster homes and is given powers with the likes of a god by an ancient wizard by simply saying “Shazam,” turning into an adult as a result.
The film, directed by David F. Sandberg, known for “Lights Out and “Annabelle : Creation” creates a different film for the DC Universe in the form of approaching the film with a much more lighter and comedic tone to a franchise that is well known for having dark approaches to prior films.
The film greatly shows how any kid would react after receiving superpowers and the aftermath of just having fun. After finding out about his superpowers, he confides with Freddie, who is also part of the foster home that Billy is in, and happens to be a huge superhero fanatic. Throughout the film, you get tons of humor, great action sequences and also excellent connections in regard to other films that are part of the DC universe.
Mark Strong portrays the villainous Dr. Thaddeus Sivana who, as a young boy, also encountered the wizard who gave Billy his powers, but did not see Sivana as worthy of being a champion. Sivana later receives powers from a dark force and joins a group of monsters called the “Seven Deadly Sins.”
The movie seems like a great step toward the right direction for DC, and another win after the previous installment in the universe “Aquaman” also proved to be a hit financially and critically with audiences.
Filled with great performances by the cast including Zachary Levi, who captivated the screen with great comedic timing and also playing as a 14-year-old boy and delivering serious moments when needed. The film also contains two post-credits scenes after the movie has ended that will surely pave the way for future movies, while also containing the continuity of the universe. A must watch for film fans not just in the superhero genre but all around. This film will definitely leave you with a smile at the end.