A new poster has been released for DC's Shazam! movie, with a fresh trailer soon to follow. While the original Shazam! trailer premiered at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, star Zachary Levi says the next preview will arrive shortly after 2019 gets underway.
Set in the same DC Extended Universe as films like Man of Steel and Wonder Woman before it, Shazam! reveals what happens when young foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is granted the magical ability to change into the superhero Shazam! (Levi) simply by calling his name. Shazam! was directed by Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation helmsman David F. Sandberg, making it the second DCEU movie to be directed by a filmmaker best known for their work in the horror genre, after this month's Aquaman (itself, directed by Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring filmmaker James Wan). Though, you probably wouldn't have guessed that from the Shazam! marketing.
Case in point: the promotional images for Shazam! have so far shown Levi's superhero drinking soda and, in the case of the brand-new poster, blowing a pink bubblegum bubble and playing on his phone. (After all, lest we forget: he is quite literally an all-powerful superhero with the soul and mind of a teenaged boy.) The film's new trailer - which, per his Instagram page, Levi promises will arrive "in the new year" rather than this month - will no doubt continue to highlight that element of the story, in keeping with the rest of the marketing. In the meantime, you can check out the new Shazam! one-sheet below.
In addition to Angel and Levi, the Shazam! cast includes Djimon Hounsou as the nameless Wizard who grants Billy his super-powers, and Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, a supervillain who controls "deadly forces of evil" (per the film's synopsis)... and only Billy/Shazam! can stop him. Odds are good that the second Shazam! trailer will feature more in the way of finished footage from Shazam! and Dr. Sivana's fights in the movie, in addition to more refined visual effects and CGI. Sandberg has likewise confirmed that Shazam's transformation in the first trailer isn't the final version and may look "quite different" in future trailers (not to mention, the actual film).
As for when, exactly, the new Shazam! trailer will arrive: early to mid-January would make sense, assuming that Warner Bros. sticks to a 2019 trailer release (like Levi indicated). It's possible, then, that the new trailer will arrive with M. Night Shyamalan's comic book-inspired superhero thriller Glass in theaters next month. A January launch date would also give the Shazam! trailer some breathing room from the big December promos that have yet to make their way online (in particular, the Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far from Home teasers), lest it get overshadowed by the competition.
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