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Spoiler-Free Review: Shazam! Is The Best DC Film We've Ever Seen And It's What DC Have Been Missing

Just don't you know, call him Captain Marvel.

Shazam! is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.

It’s fun, imaginative and it has the type of personality the DC film universe has been missing. It’s everything DC should’ve been doing from the start instead of you know, dark and brooding, Shazam! Does something that no other DC film has up until now…understood what “family” actually means.

Or should we say Captain Marvel?

Shazam! follows Billy Batson, a runaway orphan played by Asher Angel, is chosen for being pure of heart by an old wizard named Shazam played by Djimon Hounsou and given powers that so that whenever he says “Shazam!” which is an acronym for for the powers he possesses (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury) becomes the “Champion of Eternity” played by Zachary Levi that is needed protect the world when it’s threatened by Dr. Sivana played by two time DC villain, Mark Strong.

We’ve been thunderstruck.

This is the thing.

Shazam! is good…like really good. This is where DC should’ve started (not finished). All of the relationships in the film are pitch perfect whether that’s Billy and his foster brother Freddy played by the scene stealing Jack Dylan Grazer, Billy’s foster parents or fleshing out Dr. Sivana’s backstory, the movie takes the time to develop it.

Also it’s super meta.

The performances across the board are fantastic whether it’s Mark Strong chewing up the scenery as the villain or Jack Dylan Grazer with laugh out loud one liners but the best performance is without a doubt Zachary Levi, who perfectly inhabits the mentality of a 15-year-old who has been newly given super powers.

Levi is perf.

But at its core, the film is about family and it’s the first film in the DCEU that understands what it means for better and worse. And you might go, “Well so were Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Aquaman…but this does it soooooo much better and that’s testament to having characters that feel like real people and not macho, one liner spitting jocks.

In a single bound it’s the best DC has done.

Shazam! was a pleasant surprise after years of being disappointed by the DCEU. It finally feels like they’ve hit their stride with the commercial success of Aquaman and now Shazam!. And with the DCEU slowing down, we’ll just have to see what becomes of it…but for now, Shazam! Is a bloody good time.

It’s real good.

Let The DC Vs Marvel War Rage On, James Gunn Is Officially Writing And Directing Suicide Squad 2

He's gunning for the DC now.

Former-Guardians director James Gunn will now direct as well as write the follow-up to Suicide Squad, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.

Gunn was let go from Marvel/Disney after past inappropriate tweets resurfaced during pre-production for Guardians Of The Galaxy 3.

 

“I didn’t know how this worked.”

During his hiatus, Gunn produced the Superman-riff BrightBurn which seems to have served as a transition between studios for the filmmaker. 

2016’s Suicide Squad was highly anticipated but much maligned on release, suffering from everything from script issues and thin characters (which may or may not be because it was apparently recut by the studio who cut the trailer).

That’s what they do.

However, Suicide Squad 2 is rumored to be a retooling of the soon-to-be franchise with a new roster and direction which is in line with where DC is heading after the lukewarm reception to Justice League.

If Gunn is known for anything, it’s being able to assemble a diverse roster of characters/actors with a complex and engaging story.  

And also probably the tweets.

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