The most charming and hilarious superhero from the DC comics, Shazam! zoomed into theaters on April 5, 2019.

Makayla Bryant, Entertainment Editor

Before it’s heroes and villains, Shazam! is all about family. The film revolves around Billy Batson (Asher Angel), an orphaned kid running away from foster homes and living in the streets of Philadelphia. He’s pranking cops and causing a ruckus for social workers, and soon he is placed into a foster home by parents Rosa (Marta Milans) and Victor (Cooper Andrews) who have created a makeshift family of their own, including Billy’s new siblings: Darla (Faithe Herman), Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), Mary (Grace Fulton), Eugene (Ian Chen), and Pedro (Jovan Armand). Even though Billy’s found a loving family, he still runs away in spite of them to find his biological mother he’s been searching for. Billy escapes to the subway after running away from bullies who have been picking on his brother Freddy, and finds himself transported to the Rock of Eternity, the lair of the Wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou). When the wizard sees Billy as “pure of heart”, he transfers all of his powers into him in hopes Billy will stop the seven deadly sins and their newfound host Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong). Now, whenever Billy says the wizard’s name, he is transformed from a normal teenage boy to a classic looking hero (Zachary Levi), dressed in red spandex, a bright lightning bolt on his chest and a cape, not to mention a bunch of superpowers which he discovers with the help of his DC super fan brother, Freddy. After Dr. Thaddeus Sivana plans to take Billy’s powers from him, will Billy and his alter ego Shazam be able to stop the seven deadly sins, or will he and his new family fall at the hands of disaster?

Shazam! is goofier and darker than it may look, but it is one of the most realistic movies from the DC Universe franchise. It shows the struggles of a brand new superhero and how he is figuring out his superpowers, and unlike many of DC’s heroes, Shazam seeks the aid of his siblings to help him through his growing pains. Though the film suggests that wish fulfillment will only get people so far, and that power alone cannot change what’s happened in the past or the damaged it caused. It does however, show that the bond of family can overcome anything.