The superhero movie, Shazam! is set to bring some laughs to the DC movie universe, with all the trailers suggesting it will show the lighter side to superheroics. The film releases at Star Cineplex today.
Shazam! revolves around young foster kid Billy. He is picked by an ancient wizard to be his new champion after defending a friend from bullies, becoming a powerful Superman-esque hero whenever he says the word “Shazam!”
Teaming up with foster brother Freddy to try out his new powers, Billy quickly learns there's more to being a hero than jumping tall buildings in a single bound, especially when a new villain with exactly the same powers as him, emerges to threaten the world.
Noted actor Zachary Levi plays the older, superheroic Shazam, while Asher Angel plays his young alter-ego Billy.
Mark Strong is the villain Dr Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou is the wizard Shazam (who gives Billy his powers), and Jack Dylan Grazer from IT, plays Freddy Freeman, Billy's friend and confidante. The film is directed by David Sandberg.