The latest extension of DC Universe has been dazzled by a new upcoming hero Shazam. Which, eventually has garnered a huge response from the audience.
Shazam goes on this journey of rediscovery along with Billy Batson, for whom superheroes mean diddly squat. Billy is a foster child, stranded by a mother for whom he still searches. He has a history of running away from foster homes, not from his problems, but from the idea of permanence. He can’t perceive it.
Billy isn’t a pessimist, despite the careless vibe that he gives off, but his optimism is sole. He supposes his mother is still out there, expecting him and looking for him.
Shazam! is a story about hunts. For some, like Billy, these hunts are personal – he evades the foster system as frequently as he can to locate his mother, only to be hauled back in. For others, like the vicious Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, they are logical, stoked by years of bitterness towards a cold-hearted father. But for both of them, these quests are elemental. Without them, they’d be lost – more gravely than they already are.
Billy and Thad are alike, in a way; they have unusual connections with their parents – Billy with the mother who left him, and Thad with the father who wishes he did.
Reasonably it is because of these connections that they are convoked to the Rock of Eternity, face-to-face with a dying wizard determined to find his successor. After rejecting a young Thad for not having the virtue required to take on the mantle of Shazam!, the wizard resumes his search, choosing Billy several years later. With no time to lose and a looming threat on the horizon, the wizard anoints Billy the keeper of the powers, which reveal every time he says the word ‘Shazam’.
Like the wizard, played by an always game Djimon Hounsou under an ample wig, the DCEU is also looking for a certain ‘purity of heart’ and ‘strength in spirit’.
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