Shazam! Charges Up in New Image From the DC Movie

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Zachary Levi's Billy Batson is clearly reveling in his new powers in the latest image from Shazam!

Ahead of this week's San Diego Comic-Con where the upcoming DCEU film is expected to premiere its first trailer, the eagerly anticipated film has released a brand new image. Showcasing a literal heartwarming moment between the titular superhero and his best friend Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), the young boy is visibly impressed by his friend's new electric powers as the Earth's Mightiest Mortal.

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An adaptation of the comic book character created by writer Bill Parker and artist C. C. Beck in 1939's Whiz Comics #2, Shazam! follows orphan Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who gains mythical powers after encountering an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou) with the same name. Whenever Batson speaks the wizard's name, he transforms into the mighty superhero to help his friends and fight crime including the mad scientist Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong).

With Levi's appropriately child-like enthusiasm as the magical superhero, Shazam! looks to be a genuinely family-friendly entry in the notoriously dark and gritty DCEU.

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Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as an ancient wizard named Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vázquez, and Marta Milans as Rosa Vázquez. It is scheduled for release on April 5, 2019.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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