If you’ve felt that the recent cinematic offerings from the DC Comics Extended Universe are a bit to dark or gritty for your taste, may I point you in the direction of the just released trailer for Shazam!? Basically, a variation of the childhood fantasy of instantly growing up but with superpowers added into the mix, the character of Billy Batson/Captain Marvel was the comic book precursor of the kid who makes a wish on the boardwalk and turns into Tom Hanks overnight. The just dropped trailer looks like it will be having some fun with various superhero origin tropes and tehat could be just the antidote we need after the grim over-seriousness of most of the DCEU cinematic offerings so far.
Here is the official plot 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 (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary 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! hits theaters April 5, 2019.