The film Shazam! was on my list of superhero genre stuff to watch in the theaters, but as usual, I never got around to it. I’m trapped in my seat, so no time like the present.
The film stars Zachary Levi as Billy Batson in the form of Shazam, a superhero powered by magic. Much like in the comics, he’s a kid living in a foster home who comes across the current ancient wizard Shazam, who bequeaths his powers to him. He spends time during the movie learning to be a superhero, and going up against the evil Sivana.
I thought it was an interesting choice to have the story take place in moder-day Philadelphia. I don’t remember Billy Batson living in a non-fictional city, but I never read his comic books. I thought the story was average, with some decent laughs, and was perfectly good popcorn entertainment.