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The New Trailer for ‘Shazam’ Invites You to Say the Magic Word

The New Trailer for ‘Shazam’ Invites You to Say the Magic Word

DC Comics’ next foray into superheroes, Shazam, looks like a pretty entertaining romp, featuring Zachary Levi in tights and a fun bit of wish-fulfillment as the spine of a plot. While director David Sandberg is better known for his horror movies like Annabelle, these trailers suggest a pretty keen understanding of goofy humor and a terrific awareness of how to deploy Levi’s boyish charm.

Believe it or not, there was a time when Shazam rivaled Superman for the title of world’s most popular superhero.

In the 1940s, Shazam was known as Captain Marvel (who, of course, is now best known as a mainstream female hero for a whole different comic book company—it’s a whole thing) and in those days, he was mega-popular. Now, Shazam is more of a B-lister, what with his kooky wizard origins and off-beat powers, but this movie is clearly looking to rebottle a little of that lightning. Judging by the trailers, they just might pull it off.

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