DC and Warner Bros. finally seem to have realised that superhero movies don’t have to be dark and sombre. A new Shazam! poster brings out the kid in all of us.
It looks like DC and Warner Bros. have caught on to what makes their rival’s films so popular. For years DC properties have been portrayed as dark and sombre. ‘Batman’, ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ have all had a sense of relentlessness to them.
By stark (no pun intended) contrast, Marvel Studios have always mixed the brash superhero action with moments of light relief. Slapstick comedy or a quick quip helping to break the tension before sucking the viewer back in.
Going somewhat against the grain for DC character films is ‘Wonder Woman’. Director Patsy Jenkins blended action with vulnerability and moments of levity. Low and behold. The film turned out to be a phenomenal success.
Perhaps DC and Warner Bros. have learned a trick then? Certainly recent ‘Aquaman’ trailers and TV spots suggest a thread of humour to the forthcoming film starring Jason Momoa.
But no DC film to date has looked as fun as ‘Shazam!’ appears to be. Zachary Levi stars as the superhero alter-ego of young orphan Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who gains powers simply by saying the word Shazam!
This latest poster features Levi channeling his inner teenager, thus reflecting the story behind the character.
A disinterested Shazam! leans back, chews gum and takes a moment to look up from his phone. Due in cinemas from April 5th in both the U.K. and North America, ‘Shazam!’ could be a welcome departure from a bleak DC movie universe.