Shazam! Can an Old Hero Become a New One?


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Snapshot from the movie Shazam.

WilFred Howey, Staff Writer

DC Comics is back! As soon as I saw that a DC production was in progress, I got excited; especially since it was a comedy.  Shazam! hit theaters, and I knew I had to go see if DC ruined the film like I thought it would.

Shazam! is about Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, who is a foster home runaway trying to find his mother. After getting put into a new foster home, Batson runs away and soon meets a wizard called Shazam, played by Djimon Hounsou. Shazam gives Batson the powers he possesses. Now he has to find and fight the seven deadly sins, which have taken over Doctor Sivana, played by Mark Strong, before they all take over Earth.

Izaak Warden, a DC and Marvel fan, stated, “I think that Shazam! was an awesome film, and I am very glad that they mostly followed the comic books timeline! I loved all the powers and villains in the film. For me, the best part of it was when Billy shares his powers with his family.”

I was skeptical when I saw the casting for the film, but the acting truly surpassed my expectations. Asher Angel does a truly amazing job becoming his character and making the audience feel what he is feeling. Zachary Levi, who plays Shazam, is magnificent in every scene he appears in.

Levi has a spark inside of him that takes the form of a young boy even though he is an adult. Jack Dylan Gazer, who plays Freddy Freeman, is great at playing an outcast nerd; he truly is a superhero himself. However, the antagonist, Doctor Sivana, was sufficient at best. He didn’t seem to completely become his character.

I expected the film to have some good comedy even though it was going to be underwhelming, but it turned out to be the opposite. The way the director put the movie together was pleasant. Learning about the main characters was pretty enjoyable, especially learning about Doctor Sivana and how he became what you see throughout the film.

Also, the script was well-written. The script helped the actors display emotion through another form that viewers could also connect to such as the dialogue, which includes layers of sadness, curiosity, fear, and envy.

On the other hand, the cinematography throughout the movie was only adequate. There were a couple of shots throughout the film that were really well-thought, but other than those, the rest of the shots were ordinary and boring. Some of the shots throughout the film were obviously green screened and were made with Computer-Generated Imaging; C.G.I.

All in all, Shazam! was pretty well-made with humor and pretty good emotions. As a primary fan to Marvel Comics and a secondary fan to DC Comics, I would definitely watch this film again. Fans of both companies should find this film enjoyable to some degree.