If you were a kid that suddenly discovered you had superpowers, what would you do? That’s the approach the lighthearted trailer uses in its portrayal of the film’s chief protagonist, Billy Batson, the kid in question suddenly endowed with the powers of Shazam.
There’s plenty of humor here, although some of the trailer’s intended humorous moments succeed better than others. Based on what we see here, the film appears to be a blend of lighthearted superhero action film and your standard coming of age story, fostering some moments reminiscent of Big (1988).
Arriving April 5, 2019, director David F. Sandberg’s Shazam stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as Shazam. The cast also includes Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as an ancient wizard named Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vázquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vázquez.