In new Shazam featurette, Zachary Levi battles baddies with humor – CNET

Not all superheroes have sad, gritty origin stories that make them borderline basket cases wearing creepy costumes. 

As the latest DC Comics superhero movie Shazam proves, just because you secretly fight crime doesn’t mean you have to take life so seriously.

In a new Shazam featurette video released by Warner Bros. on Monday, we see new footage of what exactly happens when a kid named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) can magically turn into an adult superhero with god-worthy powers (Zachary Levi) just by uttering a single word: shazam. 

“Shazam is one of very few superhero characters that is genuinely stoked to be a superhero,” Levi says in the video.

Get all the details about the movie, including plot theories and comic book history, in our Shazam movie guide

Shazam hits theaters on April 5 in the US and UK. An Australian release has not yet been announced. 

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