The DC Universe finally learns how to laugh combining big chuckles with heartfelt moments DC rarely placed in the Man of Steel or Batman. Zachary Levi is the latest likable superhero, stepping into the recent box-office-gold footprints joining Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa of Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) takes on the task delivering Shazam’s origin story. Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is an ordinary 14-year-old street kid who keeps running away from foster homes in search of his real mother. Even though this is a DC movie and Marvel is owned by Disney, that doesn’t deter writer Gayden from using the standard Disney device of MMIA (Mother Missing in Action). We’re shown the gut-wrenching moment when toddler Billy becomes separated from his mother at a carnival. This Dumbo-esque moment sets up the quest of his life to reunite with his Mom.