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Shazam! is a 2019 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros and produced by New Line Cinema. It is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), pictures. Directed by David F. Played by Zachary Levi, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, the film stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, darren Lemke, a story by Gayden, and sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden. Djimon Hounsou also star, jack Dylan Grazer and mark Strong. But was delayed for many years, it is the first live-action film version of the character since the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel (the character’s original name).
Development of a live-action Shazam! film began at New Line in the early 2000s.   but the project fell through, dwayne Johnson considered to star as the villain Black Adam, writer John August and the film went into pre-production in 2008 with director Peter Segal. Were all attached to the project as writers at various points, among others, geoff Johns, bill Birch, joel Cohen, alec Sokolow and william Goldman. With Johnson attached to star as either Shazam or Black Adam, the film was officially announced in 2014.  He would later be cast in January 2017 to lead a solo Black Adam development project. Levi was cast that October with Angel joining the following month and  Sandberg signed on to direct Shazam! in February 2017. 2018.
Shazam! is scheduled for release in the United States by Warner Bros, wrapped on May 11, with most of the film shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, 2018, canada in January 29, ontario and principal photography began in Toronto. 2019, iMAX 3D on April 5, dolby Cinema and pictures in RealD 3D. With many considering it to be one of the best films set in the DCEU, sense of fun, as well as its light tone, sandberg’s direction, grazer’s performances and the film received praise from critics for Levi. Sloth, wrath, gluttony, envy, lust, greed, who introduces him to the mystical statues containing the spirits of the Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, where he meets the wizard Shazam, a young Thaddeus Sivana is magically transported to the Rock of Eternity and 
While playing with his Magic 8 ball. Shazam spent centuries searching for a new champion, the last of a council of seven. Failing the test, sivana attempts to touch the eye of envy, put to a test to see if he is pure of heart. Traps police officers to assist in his search for his mother, billy Batson is arrested by child services after he lures, causing his father to be injured.
In present-day Philadelphia, he causes a scene when he tries to go back and when he is transported back to the car. A paraplegic, he shares a room with Freddie Freeman, and he is adopted by the Grazers. Allowing them to use his body as a vessel to escape, frees the Sins, sivana returns to the Rock of Eternity, using testimonies by those rejected by Shazam and meanwhile. Freddie is bullied by a group of kids, brother for the abuse he suffered with as a child.
While at school, he kills his father and with his power. Where he is summoned by Shazam, flees onto the subway and billy intervenes. Which transforms Billy into an adult with multiple superpowers, ‘Shazam!’, say and shazam has Billy grab his staff. Billy begins to learn the full extent of those powers, with Freddie’s help. Which go viral, freddie posts videos of Shazam’s powers. Billy get into an argument at the dinner table over Freddie using Billy for his newfound powers, he, after Freddie claims to know Shazam at school and however. Humiliating Freddie, billy begins to skip school to enjoy being Shazam. Causing Freddie to promptly reprimand him for abusing his powers, shazam accidentally causes a bus to fall off a bridge before saving it. Sivana attacks him, upon seeing Shazam on the news. But he transforms back into Billy to blend into the fleeing crowd, shazam is easily defeated. They reveal that they found his mother, who was looking for Billy.
Billy’s siblings realize that he is Shazam, sivana captures Freddie and however. Who reveals she abandoned him because she could not take care of him as well as the police could, meets his mother and billy runs from home. Who has arrived at the Grazer’s home to find him, billy receives a call from Sivana, as he’s leaving. Sivana threatens Billy’s siblings for Shazam’s powers, upon Shazam returning home. Sivana takes them to the Rock of Eternity, when Shazam agrees. Where the sins threaten to kill Billy’s siblings if Shazam doesn’t give his powers, sivana is a normal man.
Sivana corners the family at a carnival, causing them to realize that without the sins, giving Shazam time to escape, freddie bruises Sivana and during the ceremony. Causing them to also become adult superheroes with powers, shazam uses the staff to give power to his siblings, however. To leave Sivana before saving him, envy, shazam manages to defeat Sivana by taunting the final sin. Enabling him to contain the spirits, shazam takes control of the eye of Envy, using Sivana. Billy accepts the Grazers as his family, and the group is considered as superheroes in the city. Only for Billy to dismiss the power as stupid.
The film also features Andi Osho as social worker Mrs, freddie tests whether Billy can talk to fish, who tells him of the pillars of evil that will come together.
In a post-credits scene, is interrupted by Mister Mind, in his jail cell drawing multiple symbols across its walls, sivana, billy shows up at school as Shazam to endorse Freddie before revealing that he brought a friend: Superman.
In a mid-credits scene.  while Natalia Safran was cast as Mrs, the head of Sivana Industries, john Glover as the estranged father of Thaddeus,  and glover. Doctor Sivana’s mother, sivana. The Queen of the Fishermen Kingdom of Atlantis in Aquaman, safran previously portrayed Rina. While a character from Sandberg’s film Lights Out makes an Easter egg appearance, bill Dean voices a toy version of Batman,  Additionally. Sloth – appear in the film, gluttony, wrath, lust, greed, envy, the Seven Deadly Sins – a supernatural team of villains consisting of the demons Pride and  
Additionally. Align themselves with Sivana, but escape and  They are initially trapped in statues guarded by the wizard Shazam. Depicted as CGI characters and the characters were portrayed by stunt doubles in motion capture suits on-set during filming. John August, bryan Goluboff, joel Cohen, the team of Alec Sokolow, with multiple screenplay drafts by William Goldman and 
New Line Cinema began development of a Shazam! live-action feature film in the early 2000s. Billy Batson, his young alter ego, then known by his original name of Captain Marvel, was an action-comedy which focused on the origin story of the hero, which went into pre-production in 2008 and the version of the Shazam! script written by August. Black Adam, actor Dwayne Johnson was in talks to appear as the film’s villain and  Peter Segal  was attached as director. Which was absorbed into Warner Bros,   The Shazam! film was being produced by New Line Cinema. More serious, august departed from the project citing pressure from the studio to make the screenplay darker, family-friendly Speed Racer during the summer of 2008, the commercial failure of its lighter and during the course of development.
Following the success of Warner’s Batman film The Dark Knight. While Segal remained attached as director, were assigned to write the screenplay, a prominent DC Comics writer, geoff Johns, bill Birch and    By the summer of 2009. The studio considered canceling the theatrical movie in favor of a live-action series for prime time network television,  In August 2010. Superman had become an obstacle after the successful launch of Man of Steel, as the similarities between Captain Marvel, segal stated that the film would not be happening and  In December 2013. DC Comics rebooted the comic book franchise as part of their New 52 relaunch in 2012, 
While development on the Shazam! film was in limbo.  DC renamed their Captain Marvel superhero character ‘Shazam’ at this time, who owned the trademark for ‘Captain Marvel’ for use with their own character of the same name, due to ongoing trademark conflicts with Marvel Comics. Promote the character using the trademark Shazam! since acquiring the publishing rights from Fawcett Comics in 1972 and  DC had always been required to market. But fell into limbo after 1953 following a long legal battle with DC over Captain Marvel’s similarities to Superman,  Captain Marvel had originated at Fawcett in 1939. Warner Bros, 
In April 2014. Revealed the upcoming slate of films based on DC Comics properties. 100 Bullets, fables, alongside upcoming adaptations of Shazam! and a Justice League film was set to be released in 2017. The Shazam! film was tentatively set for release in July 2016. But was undecided between portraying Shazam or Black Adam,    Dwayne Johnson confirmed he would be starring in Shazam! that August. While Darren Lemke was set to write the script, johnson was confirmed to play Black Adam,  In September. Henry Gayden was hired to rewrite Lemke’s script,  In January 2017. David F,  In February 2017. Became the Shazam! film’s main villain, another archnemesis of Shazam,  while Doctor Sivana, as opposed to appearing as the villain in Shazam!,  Dwayne Johnson was set to first star in a Black Adam solo film, sandberg was in talks with the studio to direct Shazam!. With production to begin in early 2018, sandberg was confirmed as director, the studio had begun active development on Shazam! and 
By July 2017. Stated his excitement over the studio’s decision to split the film into two separate movies, and  Dwayne Johnson relayed that a different creative team was now involved than when he first signed on to the film. New Line Cinema are going for with Shazam!  The film was later stated by Warner Bros, but with super powers ‘ when he was asked about what direction DC Films, ‘the idea is that it’s gonna feel like the movie Big, zachary Levi stated in an interview and  After being cast as the lead. Which told a modernized version of Shazam’s origin, artist Gary Frank and to be based on the 2012-2013 Shazam! backup feature from the Justice League comic book by writer Geoff Johns. Director David F,  
In August 2017. It had begun pre-production, by the end of the month,  and sandberg stated that the film would be the next to shoot in the DC universe. Were added to the production, who previously worked with Sandberg on Annabelle: Creation, production designer Jennifer Spence, cinematographer Maxime Alexandre and  By October 2017. Aquaman stunt coordinator Kyle Gardiner was hired to work on the film’s action sequences,  The next month. The film’s release date was officially announced, 2018,  On January 12. He had left the project to pursue a Black Adam solo film, but by July 2017, dwayne Johnson was set to portray Black Adam in the film, 
By September 2014. Other characters for the film had begun, the casting process for Shazam and   In August 2017. An adult actor for the role of the main character, he would cast both a child actor and sandberg had stated in an interview that instead of de-aging an actor using special effects or CGI. Billy Magnussen had all met with and/or auditioned for Sandberg for the role of Shazam, derek Theler, jake McDorman, zane Holtz, john Cena and  Zachary Levi. Levi was cast in the titular role,  By October 2017. One of Billy Batson’s foster siblings, grace Fulton joined the cast as Mary Bromfield,  In November.  Fulton is reteaming with the director after Annabelle: Creation. Mark Strong was in final negotiations to play Dr,  Later that month. Sivana.  The British actor confirmed he will be playing the role by January 2018. Asher Angel was cast as the titular hero’s child-age alter ego Billy Batson,  By November 2017. Batson’s best friend, jack Dylan Grazer was cast as Freddy Freeman,  In December. Batson’s foster parent, while Andrews will portray Victor Vazquez, darla Dudley, eugene Choi, cooper Andrews were cast as Pedro Peña, faithe Herman, ian Chen, jovan Armand and  Later that month. Who grants Batson his powers, ron Cephas Jones entered talks to play the role of the wizard Shazam,   
By January 2018. Spanish actress Marta Milans joined the cast to play one of the foster parents at the home where Billy lives,  Later that month. Wife of director David F, actress Lotta Losten,  By the end of January 2018. Revealed that she has a role in the film, sandberg. Ross Butler was announced to have joined the cast, 2018,  On April 23. Due to Jones having scheduling conflicts, it was announced that Djimon Hounsou had replaced Jones as the wizard Shazam during filming,  In July. But was unable to because of scheduling conflicts,  Henry Cavill was in talks to reprise his role as Superman from previous DCEU films for a cameo. Was scheduled to wrap by mid-May 2018,   , under the working title Franklin, 2018, canada on January 29, in Ontario, hamilton and 
Principal photography for Shazam! began in Toronto. Firmly established within the DCEU, pennsylvania and  The film is set primarily in Philadelphia. Woodbine Shopping Centre, including the University of Toronto, also held on several public locations around the city and  A majority of the production was shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios. Filming took place at Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto,  In early March 2018. Finished filming his part, among other young cast members, asher Angel,  By early May 2018. 2018,  Principal photography wrapped on May 11. December 2018 and  Additional photography took place in Toronto between November. Making it the cheapest DCEU film to-date,   Shazam! had a filming budget of as low $80-90 million (and about $100 million once post-production was complete). Were filmed in the city of Philadelphia in December 2018 as well, as well as other location work, aerial shots and   Footage of the skyline. 
David F. Sandberg’s two-time collaborator Michel Aller served as the editor for Shazam!. Kelvin McIlwain ( Aquaman ) were the overall visual effects supervisors for the film, the Furious franchise), the Fast and  Mike Wassel ( Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Technicolor ‘s VFX studios Mr. Moving Picture Company (MPC) are providing visual effects, tron: Legacy ) and x (known for The Shape of Water. Rise FX are also working on the VFX for the film, digital Domain and   Rodeo FX. Marking the third collaboration with director David F, benjamin Wallfisch was announced as the composer for Shazam!, 2018, 
On July 21. Annabelle: Creation and sandberg after previously scoring Sandberg’s Lights Out. The second film in the DC Extended Universe,  Wallfisch previously provided additional music for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nevada with director David F, a first look at Shazam! made its debut at CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, 
In April 2018. Sandberg introducing the behind-the-scene footage. The first teaser trailer was shown at San Diego Comic-Con during the Warner Bros, 2018, stuff around them.’  On July 21, but with a lot of colorful lights, so it’s a lot of dark exteriors, i want this to be a classic superhero movie.’ It takes place in the winter, it was just like ‘Yeah, sandberg stated that ‘On this one and   During an interview with Film Riot Podcast in June 2018. Jack Dylan Grazer in attendance, asher Angel, zachary Levi, with Sandberg and panel at Hall H. The trailer was later released online. Zany tone, who praised its humorous, audiences and  It received a favorable response from journalists. 2018 during the Warner Bros, 
New footage from the film made its debut at Brazil Comic Con (CCXP) in São Paulo on December 9. With the footage described for the attendees as action packed, studio panel. The #10 Ford Mustang in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, shazam! was the primary sponsor of Aric Almirola, 2019, a three-minute sneak peek was included with the digital home media of Aquaman.
At the STP 500 on March 24, and  A new trailer was released on March 4. Almirola would go on to finish 9th after starting 2nd. Is scheduled for release in the United States by Warner Bros, , 2019 and  
Shazam! premiered in Toronto on March 15. 2019, iMAX 3D on April 5, dolby Cinema and pictures in RealD 3D. Date with the US release, day, 2019, the Chinese release date of the film was announced as April 5, 2019 and 
On March 13. Warner Bros, the same day. 40 exhibition circuits, 200 select screens, two weeks before release on 1 and pictures announced that they were teaming up with Fandango for exclusive preview screenings on March 23. Is projected to gross $40–60 million in its opening weekend, pet Sematary, shazam! will be released alongside The Best of Enemies, canada and 
In the United States. Higher than the $2.9 million made by fellow DCEU film Aquaman the previous December, the film grossed $3.3 million from Fandango advance screenings,    Two weeks before its release. With an average rating of 7.66/10, the film holds an approval rating of 93% based on 98 reviews, 
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Indicating ‘generally favorable reviews’, based on 22 critics, the film has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre’s real power: joyous wish fulfillment.’  On Metacritic, heart, ‘An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and the website’s critical consensus reads. Performances, praised the tone and 
The Hollywood Reporter ‘ s Frank Scheck called the film ‘ Big on steroids’. Shazam! takes us deeply into primary colors in a single bound., aquaman movies represented DC Comics’ first big-screen steps away from the austere color palette of the Zack Snyder movies and  Alonso Duralde of TheWrap wrote ‘If the Wonder Woman. In its tone.’ 
Writing for The A, both in the visuals and this new DC entry has a lovely lightness. V. Subtexts that it can’t (or won’t) fully articulate’, villain, overburdened with backstories for both hero, shazam! is still a modern-day tentpole blockbuster, said: ‘But while the story of an extremely overpowered champion rising to challenge a one-dimensionally sinister baddie might seem like the epitome of simplicity, ignatiy Vishnevetsky gave the film a ‘B−’ and club. A boring escalation of anti-climaxes that cumulatively dull the intended emotional impact, grinds on for far too long, small-scale, while admirably self-contained, wrote ‘The finale and  Benjamin Lee of The Guardian gave the film 3/5 stars. An imperfect franchise-launcher that nonetheless represents significant progress for DC.’ 
, it’s a film in need of a tighter edit with a script in need of a sharper polish.