Shazam Trailer Breakdown

Indeed, Billy ends up in the Rock of Eternity, a cave that serves as the lair of the wizard whose name we will learn in just a moment. In the comics, this lair is also said to be the prison of the Seven Deadly Enemies of Men, powerful demons trapped in statues, and it looks like you can see some of them surrounding the seven stone thrones in the distance where a banner featuring the lightning bolt of Shazam hangs.

Shazam Trailer Breakdown

The mysterious figure sitting in the center throne eventually approaches Billy, who is a little freaked out. The wizard is a little impatient, and in the comics it’s because he can tell Billy isn’t all that great of a kid. But time is of the essence, so he quickly tells him how to gain all of his magical powers, and it’s simply by saying the name Shazam.

Shazam Trailer Breakdown

That might seem silly, but it’s enough to turn young Billy Batson into a grown man (Zachary Levi) with muscles to spare, a skin-tight red suit with a glowing yellow lightning bolt, gold gauntlets and boots, and a flowing white cape with a hood. These powers comes courtesy of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, the gods who not only spell out his name but also grant him wisdom, strength, stamina, power, courage and speed.

Shazam Trailer Breakdown

However, wisdom seems to be in short supply at first, because in his new grown up form, he freaks out and seeks assistance from the only person he knows who might have any idea of how this superhero stuff works. Freddy can’t help but be excited, and the two do what any kids would if one of them could turn into a superhero: figure out what superpowers he has.

Flight seems to be the one that Billy has trouble figuring out, but he has no problem punching through a concrete pillar with ease. And now that Billy has the upper hand in his new body, he has some work to do.

Shazam Trailer Breakdown

That includes smashing the truck of the bullies who messed with Freddy earlier in the trailer. It drops down from the sky, so either that means Billy has mastered how to fly and use his super strength at the same time, or maybe he just tossed it into the air from the ground and let it land ever so gracefully in the street. Either way, payback is a bitch.

Shazam Trailer Breakdown

Billy also isn’t shy about showing off his powers in public as he shoots lightning into the cell phones of strangers passing him by, apparently giving them a fully charge. Of course, one of those charges ends up messing up a stranger’s phone and pissing him off. You can’t please all the people all the time, I guess.

Shazam Trailer Breakdown

One of the people that Billy will have a hard tme pleasing is Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). The trailer doesn’t give us any indication of who this guy is or what he’s up to, but we do learn one important thing about him: he has superpowers of his own. Billy realizes that he’s a bad guy and tries to punch him, but Sivana effortlessly stops his superpowered punch, catching Billy off guard entirely. It looks like he’s not as invincible or strong as he thought.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that Sivana has a unique right eye. In the comics, Sivana is imbued with the power of Black Adam, a villain not entirely unlike Shazam. When Sivana glimpses the magic inside the tomb, he’s half-blinded by lightning and thus has a glowing eye. That eye also allows him to see magic, which might explain why he’s ended up in the presence of Shazam. Dwayne Johnson has said Black Adam won’t be appearing in Shazam, so don’t expect Sivana to turn into a superhero of his own, but clearly there’s more here than meets the eye (pun intended).

Shazam Trailer Breakdown

We’re not given much time to register the threat that will be Dr. Sivana, because we move on to the final scene of the trailer, where Billy (in Shazam form) and Freddy are in a convenient store when two men try to rob the place. Here they’re happy to learn that Shazam is impervious to bullets, and he quickly dispatches with the robbers out the front window.

Shazam Trailer Breakdown

Shazam and Freddy walk out the front door, loaded with snacks, as the former brags to a woman passing by that he’s a superhero. It’s such a typical cocky teenager thing to do, and I love that they’re carrying the most innocent items from the convenient store like Fritos, beef jerky and pop. Of course, that doesn’t mean they weren’t trying to be a little less innocent before the robbery. In the comics, the two are trying to use Billy’s new adult form to buy some beer, so that might still be part of the movie, but it’s nice to see they changed their minds and got some snacks instead.

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Having rewatched this trailer several times for this breakdown, I can’t stress enough how surprisingly pleased I am with this first trailer. It gives us a taste of something that we haven’t seen in the DC Extended Universe before. It’s vibrant, fun, hilarious and has a new kind of life thanks to director David F. Sandberg. This is exactly the kind of movie that Warner Bros. needed to add to the DC Comics universe on the big screen after all the darkness that Zack Snyder brought to it with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Shazam! zaps into theaters on April 5, 2019.

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