Jon and I went and saw Shazam! last week and we both enjoyed the movie. The commercials and trailers portrayed this movie as a more light-hearted movie than any of the previous DC Universe movies. This movie does not take itself too seriously and nor should it given the characters and premise.
For those unfamiliar with Shazam!, the story focuses on a teenage boy named William “Billy” Batson that turns into an adult superhero by shouting the word “SHAZAM!” Just imagine it as the movie Big but with super powers and you get an idea on the high jinks that happen.
The director David Sandberg does a great job of taking an obscure hero from the DC Universe and making him relatable so that super hero fans and those that are not would enjoy this movie. This movie has laughs and heart and you may even get a little teary eyed by the end.
Jon and I also like the fact that the movie keeps the original Whiz comics costume and doesn’t try to modernize it like the previous film…
As you can see, the movie is very close to the original character’s design.
We both liked the characters (heroes and villains) and overall story of this movie and we hope it does very well so that we get a sequel. Listen to the podcast for our review. We also give a quick Comic History review on why we call this character Shazam! and not Captain Marvel.
I am including the link to our review of Marvel Man here:
We did a 2 part tribute podcast to Alan Moore a few weeks ago and in the podcast, I mentioned Marvelman (Miracleman here in the States). I said that I did not want to just mention it as part of Moore’s body of work. I wanted to do an entire podcast on the comic series. Well, the time has come. Jon and I sit down and talk about the first story arc “Book 1: A Dream of Flying“
We do a brief history on who is Marvelman/Miracleman and how did Alan Moore get the opportunity to write him.
We then move into the story and discuss how a comic story that is over 30 years old is still extremely relevant to comics, TV and movies today.
Here are the characters that we are introduced to: Marvelman (left) and Kid Marvelman (right).
We start to talk about how this story was mature and it dealt with scientific and philosophical topics that were ahead of its time. We feel its influence can be seen in things like the movie, The Matrix and the Ron Moore’s version of Battlestar Galactica.
Here is Evelyn Creme – Can you trust a man with sapphire teeth?
Moore took a cheesy, cartoon character from the 60s and modernized him into a realistic superhero of the 80s and the transition made sense (well for a comic story).
Does this page represent a new beginning for humanity or its end?
At the end of the podcast, we theorize on stories and authors that may have influenced Alan Moore when he was creating Marvelman/Miracleman.
We had a great time recording this one and we hope you laugh and learn something new after listening to it.