With his movie hitting theaters next month, fans of Shazam (Zachary Levi) will finally see the beloved hero enter the DC Extended Universe. But a new clip shows a downside to having a secret identity, especially since Shazam’s alter ego -- Billy Batson (Asher Angel) -- is still a teenager.
As the clip begins, Shazam/Billy and Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) are sneaking into Darla’s (Faithe Herman) room, as a panicked Billy tells Freddy this was a bad idea, before Darla wakes up to see them in her room. Using his speed, Billy covers Darla’s mouth so their foster mother (Marta Milans) doesn’t hear them. Though, as Freddy points out, covering Darla’s mouth like they’re going to kidnap her won’t make her less scared.
Billy then hastily explains what’s going on to his little sister, with Freddy telling him to maybe not start with the Wizard (Djimon Hounsou). But when he says the word Shazam, magic lightning strikes, not only turning Billy back into his true self, but also causing a blackout in the house and leaving a hole in Darla’s ceiling. Their foster father (Cooper Andrews) takes responsibility by claiming he was screwing in a bulb on the Christmas tree.
As the clip ends, Freddy attempts to persuade Darla to keep Billy’s secret, pointing out that their lives would be at risk if a supervillain were to find out. Billy then asks if Darla’s good at keeping secrets, to which Darla sheepishly says she’s moderately good, with Freddy confirming that she isn’t. Billy only responds with an aggravated “Oh, God.”
While a humorous clip, the scene also showcases the more human side of Shazam. Billy is shown in a more sympathetic light here, trying to keep his secret from his new parents for their own good while also worrying that his youngest foster sibling might not be able to keep it under wraps for very long. Though, maybe the Wizard should have told Billy to say his name outside, just to be safe!
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard 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 Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. The film hits theaters April 5.