Hot off of the success of Aquaman comes DC’s next venture, Shazam starring Zachary Levi. While we wait on that hotly anticipated second preview, a new TV spot was released this weekend, which you can watch below.
There is some fun stuff in here, that definitely sets the tone of the movie which is…fun. That is the best word to describe it. Cheap fun too, as the film apparently only cost $80-$90 million to make, according to THR. Yes that is more money than anyone reading this will ever see in their entire lives, but as far as superhero blockbusters go, it is pretty low-budget.
A lot of that can be chalked up to using practical effects, instead of CGI. Shazam’s director, David F. Sandberg took to Instagram to offer a cool little tidbit on one of the scenes from TV spot.
“Fun fact: That ferris wheel is not CGI. We destroyed a real one. But not before [Maxime Alexandre] and I could take a ride,” reads the caption.
Using an existing structure saves a ton of money rather than having to create it from scratch
Hopefully the profit margin is large for this. If it does as well as Aquaman, it should be fine.
Shazam hits theaters April 5th.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).