Dizam! It feels like a movie no one asked for, but guess what? Shazam! just began rolling cameras this week.
Flim flam! For those who don't remember, this comic book adaptation - which is noted to be an origin story - is being helmed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) and stars Zachary Levi (Chuck) as the titular DC Comics icon, along with Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (Green Lantern) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Blizam! We now have a plot synopsis, too, straight from the folks at Warner Bros. And it goes:
"We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), 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 (Strong)."
Hot clams! This story run-down lines up with Levi's earlier comments, where he was comparing Shazam! to Tom Hanks in Big. Honestly, this movie sounds like a ton of fun, and it'll be cool to see a DC property handled with a little bit of lightness straight out the gate (instead of, you know, being inserted via reshoots and post tinkering).
Shazam! hits theaters April 5th, 2019.