The first social media reactions to Warner Bros.’ Shazam! have officially hit the internet like a lightning bolt. It’s been an intriguing lead-up to the film ever since first footage appeared; even more than the endless optimism of Wonder Woman and boundless yah-brah enthusiasm of Aquaman, Shazam! marks a sharp left turn away from the pre-Justice League dourness into the lighter side of the DCEU. This hinges on star Zachary Levi, playing the aged-up alter-ego of the fourteen-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is granted mystical powers by an ancient Wizard (Djimon Hounsou).
Directed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) from a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), Shazam! also stars Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong, Michelle Borth, and Ross Butler.
The first reactions are pretty overwhelmingly positive. The word “fun” comes up a lot, and while most single out the humor, quite a few critics also describe this as a family (or at least family-centric) film, which is certainly a first for the DCEU. It appears that’s where the emotional center of the movie is, with comparisons made not only to Big, but Home Alone as well. Seeing as how most superhero movies—which are admittedly aimed at younger audiences—are about adults, the focus on actual kids here could be a game-changer.
While the praise in some reactions is qualified by a few nitpicks regarding the villain plot and going a bit over-the-top with the humor, others are already saying Shazam!is their favorite DC film thus far. It’ll be interesting to see how general audiences respond in a month’s time.
Full reviews of Shazam! won’t be available for a bit longer, but you can check out the first, immediate reactions below. The film hits theaters on April 5.
loved #Shazam. It's super fun, very funny (a few times people were laughing so loud I missed dialogue), and exactly what they set out to make: 'Big' meets Superman. @ZacharyLevi is perfectly cast but the real surprise is @Jgrazerofficial as Freddy Freeman. Steals the show. pic.twitter.com/ssvs8Dwc2P— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 8, 2019
Another thing that's great about #Shazam is #DC didn't try and make a movie that fits in perfectly with the larger DC Universe. They just focused on making a great Shazam movie and hit a homerun. DC is def on a winning streak. Bring on Todd Phillips 'Joker'! pic.twitter.com/sH1kyprCMZ— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 8, 2019
#Shazam is an absolute delight! Super vibrant, tons of heart & a great fun-loving vibe. The family element is a big charmer & so is the humor that comes with watching @ZacharyLevi explore his new powers. Said this after IT but it's worth repeating – @Jgrazerofficial is a star.— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) March 8, 2019
I absolutely loved #Shazam! It's my favorite DC film yet. Zachary Levi as Shazam was perfect casting and the kids absolutely steal the show. It's an amazing family movie with dope fight scenes and great humor! You guys are going to love it. pic.twitter.com/pZd5oORVA3— Dorian Parks @ #SXSW (@DorianParksnRec) March 8, 2019
#Shazam was damn near PERFECT in my book. My FAVORITE DC movie (DCEU? What are we saying now?) by far. Pure of heart, incredibly funny, full of in-jokes and references. Brought me a childlike joy to watch. This role was MADE for @ZacharyLevi… & Jack & Asher & the entire cast pic.twitter.com/rVrxjcwvCe— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) March 8, 2019