Sideshow’s Week in Geek: SHAZAM! in Theaters!
Nowadays, movie blockbusters are evolving beyond the traditional “opening day” premiere as demand for superhero flicks and other massive franchise releases continues to grow. Midnight premieres turned into Thursday evening previews, which have turned into advanced screenings and fan events.
The latest Warner Bros. film to debut is the lighthearted comedy Shazam!, starring Zachary Levi as the kid-turned-superhero who must learn to use his newfound strength for good, no matter how much fun it is to shoot lightning and fly through the city. To build excitement for the film, several fan screenings were held in advance of the film’s official April 5th opening date.
This week, we asked Sideshow staffers Kiana and Christian to share their (spoiler-free!) reactions to attending an early screening of Shazam! in theaters ahead of its national release this week. Get ready to say the magic word…
How familiar were you with Shazam as a character before seeing the film?
“Besides some cameos he had in the DC animated movies, not too familiar.” –Christian
“I’m familiar with some of the comics and previous appearances in animated movies. I also loved playing as Shazam in Injustice: Gods Among Us.” –Kiana
Have you read any Shazam comics?
“I read some of the New 52 and loved it all! Since seeing the movie, I have been dying to read more of the Shazam comics.” –Kiana
“Not at all, he’s a very new character to me.” –Christian
Who was your favorite character in the movie?
“Freddy Freeman. I really enjoy how he geeks out over the superhero situation, and he’s also very funny throughout the film.” –Christian
“OOF, that is such a difficult question! Zachary Levi (Shazam), Asher Angel (Billy Batson), and Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman) each stole the show in their own way. Their characters played off of one another in a fun, natural way. I loved Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana too. He was perfect!” –Kiana
What do you enjoy most about Shazam as a character?
“I love Shazam because he shows that anybody can be a hero, no matter the circumstances of their past. I also think that a hero is only as good as their villains, and let’s face it- Shazam has some awesome villains. Black Adam is my fave!” –Kiana
What did you like best about seeing the film?
“I really enjoyed Zachary Levi as Shazam. I think he did a great job capturing that childlike mentality and he really brought the character to life!” –Christian
“Shazam was outrageously fun. It definitely had its serious parts, but beyond that, I was laughing the entire time.” –Kiana
Anything else you’d like to add?
“I don’t want to spoil anything, but THAT MID-CREDITS SCENE THO!!!”- Kiana
Big thanks to our Sideshow team members for sharing their early SHAZAM! reactions with us! Be sure to check out our last Week in Geek, where our resident Batfans celebrated Batman’s 80th anniversary!
For even more Shazam content, check out his ranking in the Top 10 Comic Book Captains Geek Culture Countdown podcast from Let Your Geek Sideshow! Be sure to also check out the upcoming SHAZAM! The World’s Mightiest Mortal Fine Art Lithograph from Alex Ross.
How have you Let Your Geek Sideshow this week? Let us know in the comments.