Even superheroes have growing pains -- that's one takeaway from the new "Shazam!" featurette. The video, released by Warner Bros. Pictures on Monday, introduces the superhero at the center of the upcoming DCEU film as well as shares new footage.
The video starts by introducing orphaned teen Billy Batson (Asher Angel), and then we see that he is chosen to get the power of "Shazam!" When he says the word, he transforms into a superhero, a version of Billy played by Zachari Levi. The change takes some getting used to, as the footage shows. Both actors, as well as their co-star Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman) and director David F. Sandberg, weigh in on the character in the featurette, highlighting Billy's excitement about being a superhero.
The superhero flick takes place two years after the events of "Justice League." It pits Billy against the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). Sandberg directed from a script by Henry Gayen, based on the character created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck.
"Shazam!" opens April 5.
We all have a superhero inside of us -- it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson's case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do -- have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he'll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam's magical abilities. Read More