Shazam! is Best When It Shifts Focus Off of Its Main Character


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In an effort to continue diversifying the DC film universe brand, Shazam! seems like a no-brainer. The story of a superhero who is secretly a teenage boy is great fodder for humor and a sharp veer away from the Snyder-esque grit-n-grimace that audiences have become intimately acquainted with for the past several years. But was DC ready to embrace it’s kid-friendlier goofy side?

[Spoilers for Shazam!]

Shazam! is the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a foster kid who keeps running away from homes to find his real mother, who he lost sight of in an amusement park as a small boy. After moving in with a new foster family, headed by Rosa and Victor Vasquez (played by the utterly endearing duo of Marta Milans and Cooper Andrews, who are not used nearly enough in the film), Billy finds himself inheriting the powers from an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou) ...