Shazam! trailer arrives and it's super sweet and amusing

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Shazam's First Trailer Brings the Magic Touch to SDCC

It seemed appropriate considering the comedic superhero tone of DC's upcoming pic - which could very well be the standout movie of the Warner Bros. panel...or even all of Comic-Con for that matter.

With his work as Fandral the Dashing in the latter two "Thor" movies, Zachary Levi is no stranger to superhero movies. During this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. treated audiences with the first trailer for Shazam! The trailer narratively follows the origin of the orphaned Billy Batson as he takes shelter in a foster home and acquires the powers of the Wizard, Shazam!

In contrast to the gloom and doom of the Batman and Superman movies, or even the seriousness of Wonder Woman, Shazam! looks light and amusing. 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.

However, before Levi ultimately won the role of the legendary DC Comics character, director David F. Sandberg revealed that the casting for Billy Batson's (Asher Angel) mighty alter ego was no easy task.

Not only does the trailer serve up our first footage from the motion picture, but it provides plenty to drool over in terms of humor and spectacle, teasing Levi's Big Red Cheese and Mark Strong's villainous Doctor Sivana. 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! At first, young Billy Batson spends a lot of time playing with his powers, but he has to get it together and become the superhero Shazam in order to fight the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Can he shoot lightning out of his hands?

Shazam! will debut in theaters on April 5, 2019. Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child.

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