One of the best things about Wonder Woman is that part of her heroism was defined by helping and saving others. It wasn’t just about beating up bad guys or destroying buildings; it was about helping others. This new set video from Shazam! shows that David F. Sandberg’s upcoming superhero movie will probably follow suit:
— Jeremy Lawrence (@JeremyLawrence) March 6, 2018
As you can see from the video, Shazam (Zachary Levi) has saved a bus full of people, and he’s clearly pretty jazzed about it. I’m all here for a joyous superhero movie where the superhero loves being a superhero. There’s a place for superheroes who question their responsibility (Spider-Man 2, for example), but it’s also nice to see good characters who are happy about doing good things. Hopefully this video indicates the larger direction we can expect to see from the movie.
Shazam! opens April 5, 2019 and also stars Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Ron Cephas Jones.
Here’s the official synopsis for 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).”