A new trailer for the Chinese release of DC’s Shazam! brings with it a few new scenes from the upcoming film, as well as a couple more DC shoutouts – including some love for Aquaman.
The footage is introduced by Jack Dylan Grazer, Asher Angel and Zachary Levi, before launching into possibly our best look yet at the overall trajectory of the film. After breezing through previously released scenes of Billy Batson becoming Shazam and discovering his powers, the trailer teases what looks like the final showdown between the Big Red Cheese and Doctor Sivana.
The trailer also includes plenty of references to Shazam’s DCEU counterparts, including Freddy’s Batarang, his assertion that Shazam is "almost as cool as Superman" and a child playing with Batman and Superman toys as Shazam and Sivana clash in the background.
The standout scene, however, comes at the end of the trailer, as Shazam holds up a fishbowl and tries to communicate with the goldfish inside. Failing to do so, he falls back on the time-honored criticism of the power, asking “What could we do with that that’s cool?” to which Freddy indignantly replies, “Maybe command an army of billions in the ocean?” while tugging at his Aquaman t-shirt and putting Billy in his place.
Given the recent success of Aquaman, this may very well be the last time anyone tries to make fun of the much-maligned King of Atlantis ever again.
Arriving April 5, director David F. Sandberg’s 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.