Warning! MILD SPOILERS ahead for Shazam!.
Zachary Levi is suiting up once again to promote the arrival of Shazam to LEGO DC Super-Villains. With David F. Sanberg's Shazam! ruling it over the box office, now is the perfect time to add Billy Baston and few other familiar faces to the colorful video game.
As the long-awaited sequel to LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Warner Bros. Interactive once again heads back to the LEGO Batman universe, but has put a twist on the classic formula by having players control DC villains like Lex Luthor and Darkseid. Being able to play as everyone from Brainiac to Bizarro, General Zod to Gorilla Grodd, there was already plenty of villainous action to be had. Now, the game is cashing in on the hype surrounding Shazam!.
The "SHAZAM! Movie Level Pack 1" launched on April 5 and puts that fun-filled LEGO spin on Sanberg's movie. As Levi says in the trailer, "What's cooler than saving the world as Shazam? Saving the world as LEGO Shazam." Warner Bros. Interactive promises that "players will jump into the action and begin their journey as Billy Batson and Freddy Freeman to fight against the evil Dr. Sivana." The first pack will see Baston transform into the heroic Shazam and use his abilities of flight and strength to hurl projectiles and electric beams at Sivana.
As Levi shows off some new gameplay footage in the trailer, the first level pack will recreate iconic Shazam! scenes like Shazam and Sivana's mall fight and their final showdown at the carnival. The Shazam! packs will join an Aquaman-themed DLC to celebrate James Wan's undersea adventure and two more based on 1993 classic Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and the animated Young Justice series. Billy's best friend, Freddy Freeman, is also joining the fight and can take on the powers of Shazam. Elsewhere, players will be able to unlock four characters embodying the sins of Gluttony, Wrath, Pride, and Envy. These six new characters will expand LEGO DC Super-Villains' already impressive roster of 150 famous DC Comics' faces.
If that wasn't enough, the "SHAZAM! Movie Level Pack 2" is being released on April 23, promising a whole new level, more characters, and a few more surprises. The LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition adds six levels and four character packs and can be bought separately for $14.99. Anyone who just wants the Shazam! DLC will be able to download it on April 23 for $5.99.
Shazam is a great addition for LEGO DC Super-Villains, fitting in perfectly with the series' humor and friendly-family vibe. Plus, along with other available DLCs, it shows that Warner Bros. is looking beyond their film slate when it comes to exposing fans to even their lesser known characters. Of course, after the positive reception Shazam! is receiving from audiences and critics, he won't be a lesser-known DC hero for long.