Warner Bros. Pictures through New Line brought out the Shazam! film last year and on its roughly $100 million budget it did $366 million worldwide. While not the billion-buster of the much more established Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film did well and a sequel is afoot. Warner Bros. has put together another really solid piece from the release of the film with Shazam! Say The Magic Word, an hour-long piece that digs well into the character which DC Comics has now put out on their channel.
“Over the years, he has been known by many names but today he is simply known as…. SHAZAM! From his first appearance in Whiz Comics #2… to his battles with Superman (in both the comic book panels and the courtroom)… to a rebirth as one of DC’s premier heroes… to his blockbuster movie in 2019, this documentary brings together the original artists, comic book luminaries, and big screen stars to show how Shazam has brought his childlike spirit, his powerful magic, and his inherent goodness – not to mention his powerful family members – to capture the imaginations of audiences and become a pop culture icon.”
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Check out our review of the film.
The character of Billy Batson derives his powers by saying the phrase, “Shazam” which is an acronym of the ancient world gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, which them transforms him into the adult form.
The first film is set in the DC universe but is avoiding the dark by going for a more fun, family-centric tone. Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia serve as executive producers.
Film Plot Concept: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).