The commercial teases Aquaman 2, a movie so early in its development that a script hasn't even been finished yet. It teases that "The King Will Return" -- before Zachery Levi's Shazam just comes on screen, scribbles on the title card and smirks at the audience while he takes a long sip of his drink.
Coming in time for April Fool's Day, this isn't a particularly elaborate or mean-spirited prank, but it remains in spirit with the youthful character of Shazam. Nevertheless, the bait-and-switch spot was probably a little infuriating for those who hoped to find a real tease for a sequel to DC's most successful property.
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 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.