In the latest trailer for Warner Bros.' Shazam!, we see more of the unique bond shared between teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his foster brother Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer). But as Billy encounters a mystical wizard at the Rock of Eternity and transforms into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), Freddy raises a great question: What are his superpowers?
While the trailer may not run through the full power set -- traditionally derived from a pantheon of mythological figures, each represented by a letter in his name -- it does provide insight into what we can expect from director David F. Sandberg's interpretation of the classic comic book character.
This is something seen in previous footage, with Shazam using his lightning blasts to charge phones and fry ATMs. This new clip, however, showcases that he'll take time adjusting to this ability, as seen when he accidentally electrocutes a bus on a freeway.
Of course, it's clear that when he does master his electricity-manipulation power, it will be a blast, as we see Shazam unleashing lightning on the playground and even putting on a dazzling spectacle to impress the public. That power stems from the "Z" in his name, which is based on Zeus' ability to manipulate lightning. That leads Freddy to jokingly bestow him with the nickname "Captain Sparkle Fingers."
After blasting away the bus' tires, Shazam jumps into action to catch it as it falls off the freeway, highlighting just how strong he is. Early in the trailer, we also see Freddy recording Billy in his superhero mode to document what he can do. Here, Shazam uses his fingers to effortlessly flick a barrel away, emphasizing he does have superhuman strength. That's tied to the "H" in his name, representing Hercules.
In Freddy's video, he doesn't refer to the ability by the more common name of "super-speed," but rather as "hyper speed." The best example of the power comes when Shazam saves his foster sister Mary (Grace Fulton) from being struck by a snow plow.
And given how quickly he moves to body-check a thug in the park, and how rapidly he has to leap into action to catch the bus, it certainly looks like Shazam may rival The Flash and Superman for the title of DC's fastest on-screen -- a talent attributed to the "M" in his name, for Mercury.
Flight and Fight!
The trailer showcases Shazam leaping buildings in a single bound, or, at least crashing into them. But there are a couple of key moments that stand out, beginning with that epic shot of Billy jumping off a building and transforming mid-air before flying off.
Then there's also that quick glimpse of Shazam and Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong) fighting over the Philadelphia skyline. Just how fast Shazam can fly -- an ability also tied to Mercury -- remains to be seen.
In recording the "proof of authenticity" video, Freddy strikes Shazam with an aluminum baseball bat, breaking it across his torso in a display of just how indestructible he is.
Shazam's invulnerability and healing abilities are tied to the stamina of Atlas, which, in the comics, sees Shazam require no sustenance to survive. However, we do see him stocking up on junk food at a convenience store in the trailers, so it could be that as much as he's a junior Man of Steel, he does need to eat.
Wisdom & Courage
We don't really see Billy showcasing the wisdom of Solomon just yet, but we're sure he'll mature by the film's final act, and he realizes he needs to use his brain more than brawn to overcome Sivana.
As for the courage of Achilles, well, from the way Shazam is always ready to leap into battle, he's clearly embracing the warrior spirit. Every time he stands for justice, he'll be channeling that, so let's hope he can combine both of these characteristics to full effect, whether it's when he's trying to score beer as a 15-year-old in a wrestler's body, or learning how to pee when suited up as the Big Red.
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.