In the humorous DC comic book, teenager Billy Batson gets the power to transform himself into a superhero with the help of Shazam.
After “The Justice League” and the solo releases such as “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman”, the DC universe is enriched by a new superhero: adolescent Billy Batson. Actually, the 13-year-old has no significant skills. Because of his sincerity, Billy will one day be chosen by the magician Shazam. When Billy speaks the magic word Shazam, he transforms into a superhero as wise as King Solomon, as strong as Hercules, as enduring as Atlas, mighty as Zeus, as brave as Achilles and as fast as Mercury – Shazam!
The German theatrical release of “Shazam!” Is on April 04, 2019. Fans of entertaining comic book films with a lot of heart and self-irony should definitely take a look. The FSK has given “Shazam!” An age rating from 12 years.
The teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) has a lot on his mind, but a good heart. After running away with some foster families to look for his birth mother (Caroline Palmer), he gets lodged with the couple Victor (Cooper Andrews) and Rosa (Martina Milans). They mean it really well with him. But Billy has some difficulties getting used to his new family.
The familiarization is made easier by his new brother, the comic-drummer Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer). One day, Billy lands in the cave of the magician Shazam (Dijmon Hounsou), who chose the boy because of his good heart, the powers of Shazam! to wear. Whenever he says the magic word, he turns into a comic hero (Zachary Levi). Suddenly the boy finds himself in the body of an adult again. His new powers, and that he is allowed to buy beer all at once, Billy / Shazam! digest first. But the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) is already waiting to wrest energy from the inexperienced Shazam.
After the development of “Shazam!” For a long time was only preceded by droplets, fill the gaps slowly. In addition to the cast of “Es” star Jack Dylan Grazer, the two most important figures are also confirmed: Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Zachary Levi (“Thor – The Dark Kingdom”) as superhero Shazam. Particularly interesting is this development, because it proves that director David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle 2”) is more likely to rely on strong actors than on CGI orgies. Necessary is the double cast, because Shazam is physically much older than the teenager Billy.
For a long time rumor had it that Shazam was the villain of anti-hero Black Adam. Long was also rumored, Dwayne Johnson could take on role of the antagonist. Meanwhile, these rumors were denied, however. Instead, there will now be a “Black Adam” soliloquy starring sympathetic action star Johnson. As an opponent of Shazam, however, Mark Strong (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”) was cast. He plays Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who receives the power of the seven deadly sins.