Superhero movies have been all the rage for well over five years at this point, with each year bringing more than a handful of new movies into theaters for comic book readers to enjoy. Though while the years have been incredibly generous to the genre we adore, it has certainly made it so each film has to be unique in its own way in order to stand out from the rest.
Marvel Studios knew early on that each film couldn’t strictly be “a superhero movie,” and as a result, has made each film for the past while have a certain subgenre that can make each franchise its own unique beast, with heroes ranging from badass Thors to more relateable Peter Parkers. It’s the latter aspect DC has had a lot of trouble with — making these gods among us more human. But with their upcoming film Shazam!, that seems to be much less of a problem, as star Zachary Levi notes.
“But haven’t we all sat around as children wishing we had the ability to just magically transform into our super self? …Some days I wake up and I’m still hoping that my genetics are mutating and I’ll be able to – I was a big X-Men fan. X-Factor, X-Force, X-Everything! And that’s one of the things we love about that franchise, is that is that it just kinda happens. You were normal, and then you mutated.?
“Shazam is the kind of classic – it’s almost Grecian almost in that you’re a normal person who says a word it’s a magic word and all of a sudden now you are imbued with magical superpowers. [You get] fast and strong and all of these things. I think there’s something so incredibly classic that’s wrapped up in that, but also the very pure, unjaded wish-fulfillment of a pure-hearted kid who really is just trying to make his way in the world, find love, find his family and this all-powerful wizard sees in this kid something no one else sees and therefore because of that rewards him and then he gets to be Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. It’s just so awesome, it’s so cool to get to be able to take that on. And again, being a bit of a man-child, I don’t want to say it’s second nature because I’m still an adult, obviously, but I think it’s something that I feel like I’ve always been, I’ve always tapped into that and really am grateful that however I was created in this world is something that’s lending itself to bringing this character to life.”
His words to CBR can’t be truer. As much as I love those Marvel movies, with the exception of Spider-Man, they have ventured far away from the aspect that used to be the most engaging for fans: the idea that we can one day wake up and be just like these heroes.
While DC hasn’t always hit it out of their park with their movies, but at least with this one, they’re going for something that seems guaranteed to resonate at a core level with fans…or maybe that’s just me…
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