The new Shazam trailer is finally here to show people fresh footage and jokes from the upcoming DC movie, but what song plays during the preview? Following the $1 billion success of Aquaman, Warner Bros. and DC are hoping to continue their hot streak with Shazam, a light-hearted superhero romp following the adventures of Billy Batson. As most know by now, Billy is a young boy who has the ability to transform into a buff crimefighter simply by saying the word "Shazam." The film's been compared to the Tom Hanks classic Big and promises to be a different kind of comic book movie.
WB kicked off the marketing campaign for Shazam way back during San Diego Comic-Con 2018, with a trailer that sold viewers on the film's playful tone and humor. Since then, fans have been eager for another look at the film, and several rumors about trailer release dates never panned out. At long last, and after much trolling, the second official Shazam trailer has arrived, and like its predecessor, it makes use of a well-known rap song.
This Shazam trailer features Eminem's classic track "My Name Is," which originally appeared on his 1999 album, The Slim Shady LP. One of the most popular songs in the artist's discography, "My Name Is" won a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2000.
Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Eminem's music knows lyrically, "My Name Is" doesn't exactly connect to any of the themes or plot points from Shazam. That being said, there are a few plausible reasons why it was chosen for the trailer. For starters, it's another slick and bouncy hip hop track to underscore this is going to be a fun comic book adaptation that hopes to illustrate the pure joy a kid would feel if this really happened to them. Additionally, with this being Shazam's big screen debut, the character is being introduced to audiences on a global scale. In that sense, the constant repetition of the line "My name is" reads as logical, particularly because Billy has to say the name Shazam in order to transform into his alter ego.
It'll be interesting to see how effective the marketing campaign is as Shazam enters theaters next month. With goodwill generated by Aquaman and entertaining previews, the film should do well at the box office, even as it squares off against Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary. Most importantly, WB doesn't need Shazam to break the bank, as the budget is reportedly in the range of $90 million. That means it only needs to crack $180 million globally to break even, and that's a figure it should easily be able to reach in no time at all.
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