DC says the magic word
April 29, 2019
If Deadpool is the superhero made for adults then Shazam is definitely the superhero made for kids. This fun Superhero movie gives hope to thousands of DC fans as it shows that maybe the DC Extended Universe (or DCEU) still has a shot.
The Movie follows 14-year-old Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, who is an orphan who is chosen by a wizard to become the champion of earth. Billy then gains the power to become his superhero grownup self, played by Zachary Levi, by simple saying the magic word ‘Shazam’. He then has to stop Dr. Silvana, played by Mark Strong, who possess powers given to him by the Seven Deadly Sins.
While that brief story synopsis may seem all over the place, the movie is in fact quite ingenious in its story telling, something that DC has struggled with doing in the past. For a good example of this look no farther than 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” a movie so confusing that were still not fully sure what happened even after three years.
The movie is also much softer then any of the other DC movies from the last ten years. While some moments are serious others are laid back and just fun to watch. These changes to the movie formula show positively as the movie got itself a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while 2017’s “Justice League” only got 40 Percent.
The movie was also a huge hit at the box office, nothing to the levels of Infinity War but still impressive none the less. With a budget of only $100 million it managed to rake in a net sum of $321.9 million.
Another thing about the movie that most viewers want to know is how Shazam fits into the DCEU. There had been rumors that it would take place in a separate universe, that it would be a world much like our own where Batman is nothing more than a character in a comic book. That Billy Batson would be the first real life Superhero in that world.
Well it can be quite confusing if you don’t pay attention because the movie is filled with DC superhero merchandise. Action figures, T-shirts, posters, and even movie replicas. So it would make sense that there would be no real Batman in this world, because who wants an action figure of a real man who brands criminals in prison and is seen by the news as a rouge vigilante.
But regardless of that the movie drives home the point that it does take place in the DCEU during the ending of the movie, by featuring one well known superhero. It does seem however, that this was done last minute as a way of allowing Shazam the chance to appear in more films other than his own. Which can be understood as DC has lost several actors who are known to play important characters, such as Superman and Batman.
Regardless Shazam is quality superhero movie and while it is far from perfect, it is a step in the right direction for DC.