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How ‘Shazam!’ Works In A ‘Man of Steel’ World

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Zack Snyder has always said, in order to make The Justice League work in film, Superman has to work.

I’m not sure if you realize how advantageous that statement is when thinking about the DC Films we have coming out right now. Superman is beyond anything that makes sense in the real world. And because Man of Steel was so grounded and realistic, that has allowed the other Superheroes to feel natural and organic.

So seeing the new Shazam! trailer have as many details to represent that this film takes place in the Man of Steel world, makes so much sense. Any Hero from now on that learns about their power, has someone to go and talk to about it because there he is; there is Superman. And I am so thankful that David F. Sandberg kept not only the aesthetic, but the way the world looks at the events that have taken place from Man of Steel. It’s like a love letter to the previous films that came before it. If you can imagine, I was thinking Shazam! wasn’t even going to be involved with ANY DC Film prior to release; I was mistaken. Check the trailer out below:


We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, 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.

Shazam! stars Asher Angel (“Andi Mack“) as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi (“Chuck“) as Shazam, Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Djimon Hounsou (“Aquaman“) as the Wizard.

Shazam! hits screens April 5, 2018

Father // Columnist // Co-Host for the DC Films Hub Podcast @DCFilmsHubPod // Male Feminist // Unapologetic Snyder Enthusiast // Xbox

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