Shazam!, the upcoming movie showcasing the DC Comics Golden Age superhero, has promised a lighter tone than the DC Extended Universe typically paints its films.
Director David Sandberg gets it. He’s just Instagrammed Shazam!’s first "poster." If it’s a look at things to come, we can expect Shazam to be so light it sparkles.
Yes, nestled among posters of iconic DCEU properties (Wonder Woman, Justice League) that line an office wall is a humorous caricature showcasing Shazam's famous lightning-bolt insignia. It may be the first poster, but we can tell from here, it’s not the first official one.
More than most characters from the funny pages, Shazam! has the potential for situational humor: When he’s not fighting evil with the powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, the character is just a 14-year-old boy. A 14-year-old boy with godlike powers of speed, strength, and stamina? That’s a whole lot of potential hijinks.
DC Comics has had its share of amusing characters, like Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and Plastic Man. And although DC didn’t helm it, it loaned Batman to The LEGO Movie, as well as The LEGO Batman Movie. (Will Arnett’s take on the Dark Knight was just plain hilarious.) If Shazam! is a success, it may lead to similarly lighthearted films in DC's massive slate.
Fun fact: Shazam is also known as Captain Marvel. No, he’s not from Marvel Comics, and no, he’s not the Marvel character Captain Marvel, also known as Mar-vell. When he’s not in superpowered mode, he’s known as Billy Batson.