brian-mcgee - January 21, 2019
Uh oh, guys, I don't know what's going on but I legitimately laughed out loud twice during this new extended sneak peek at April's Shazam! While Aquaman was dumber than a bag of hammers, it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed watching it, meaning that DC might actually go two for two for the first time since Batman and Batman Returns.
Not only do we get Zachary Levi's super-powered pre-teen trying to buy beer and meeting with a real estate agent about a secret lair—my two laughs—we also get our first look at Mark Strong as the villainous Dr. Sivana, as well as a pretty incredible looking rooftop transformation for the title character. Director David F. Sandberg's last two films, Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation, were better than they had any right to be, so it's not totally surprising that this film might actually work.
Leaning into the inherent comedy in such a premise is the right move, and I'm glad they went for it from minute one. In other words, unlike Justice League, this doesn't feel like a film at war with itself in an attempt to land some cheap laughs. If this sneak peek is any indication, there will be legitimate laughs aplenty in Shazam!
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