Shazam! premiered in the Philippines on April 3, that’s 2 days ahead before its U.S. release. It is part of the DC Extended Universe of Superheroes.
The movie stars Zachary Levi as the titular role. Before Shazam, he is best known for Disney’s Tangled as the voice of Flynn Rider.
Shazam, the Original Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel is a superhero comic book published in 1939 by Fawcett Comics. However, the publisher stopped releasing the comics due to copyright issue with DC’s Superman.
In 1967, Marvel Comics created and trademarked their own Captain Marvel.
In 1972, DC Comics bought the rights from Fawcett Comics and released Shazam, the original Captain Marvel. It became a series of lawsuit between DC and Marvel since the later already trademarked it. DC was left with no choice but to drop the name Captain Marvel in their future releases back then.
First Feature Film of Shazam!
The pre-production of the film Shazam took almost 2 decades. It was announced in early 2000s and now finally released.
Shazam has been adapted to small screens and Direct-to-Video since the 1940s. However, the Zachary Levi’s Shazam is the first Feature Film to use Shazam instead of Captain Marvel.
Savior of DC Extended Universe
Recent DC Superhero films are definitely blockbuster hit but most of it failed to appeal the critics.
Among DC Movies, only Wonder Woman and Shazam got Certified Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Wonder Woman got 93% rating while Shazam got 90%, both are Certified Fresh.
Let’s set aside the ratings from the Film Rating Aggregator sites. We don’t want to let that affect our judgments.
Shazam is a pretty entertaining movie compared to its predecessors. Story and twist is unique, though some parts of it is still predictable.
Unlike other DC movies, the film’s trailers did not give much details about the movie. And that is exactly why you would want to watch it in the first place.
The movie sustained thrill and excitement through the end. The only downside of it is the portrayal of Zachary Levi and Asher Angel. Asher portrays Billy Batson as quite mature yet when he transforms as Shazam, he becomes a completely different person – childish and immature.
Shazam! is still showing nationwide and is now on its 2nd week. Don’t miss this out, guys!