[REVIEW -- SPOILERS -- Please don't read if you want to be totally surprised - Its good]
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I am going to do this in reverse. It just begs for it.
Superman is in the origin of Captain Marvel. Just as in Brightest Day, his inclusion just gets in the way. The Supe fans already try to make Black Adam his villian as it is and any ups and down purely based on the Kal, getstheir goat even when he is not suppose to be there.
Hahah Billy waking up in a Superman T-shirt. Wow! Not so obvious huh.
Course the following closet scene was hilarious to all us Cap fans.
Well I think thats it.
Lets get Superman out of the way. Superman had a fantastic showing. His fight moves had more "experience" written all in it. And Clark being the mature voice of reason was helpful if not diluteful. Where Billy would have made the right decision by himself, Kal was sort of this mirror always there. I would have even minimize his appearance more but The Sup fans had to be satisfied but again he shouldn't have been there.
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos
This guy is a lead animator too and i think he got his position as director based on his experience of creating excellent fight moves and action sequences and it shows. They do not wait to get into the action either, the movie at 3 min goes into over drive - excellent choice.
They changed a lot of stuff about the origin. Of course Superman is there and Black Adam doesn't track the Wizard when he comes to Earth, its Billy Batson. Adam can sense that the Wizard is going to pick him. This get the action going really fast as Superman holds the fort. Through the battle, Billy is lead to the Subway.
Caveat -- I wish they would have turn the train into the old fashion black/red but hey we got to see it in Brave & Bold but it erriely looks like a long winnebago from the 1970s TV show - does it not.
Wizard Shazam. I liek the whole process. He dies and passes his powers to Captain Marvel. There is no "hey we going to come back and really do your work for you".
"dead as a door knob" (I'll save "who" said that for you at least and won't spoil it)
When Billy becomes Captain Marvel. His ability on how to fight and be comfortable with his powers has to be all of Courage of Achilles. He's really good (the end fight shows a great action sequence).
Black Adam not only the lightning power but also some enhanced telekensis or will over objects as he disassembles a rock face thrown as him. This is a throwback to how powerful he was during the 80s cartoon and had more powers than Captain Marvel.
The core of the movie is really Billy Batson's character.
When Black Adam tempts him "like a god, the power changes you", a reply to Captain Marvel's "I now have the power to change my destiny"
Billy Batson is Not whiney.
Course he still seem like someone visiting the city as he really had no street-wise sense to him. Not a slam but I think his voice actor contribute to that.
Very resourceful and courageous.
Billy moral gauge is very high and young viewers will be impressed I think.
Loved the living on his own and they continued after the fight. He still lives by himself. THE WAY ITS SUPPOSE TO BE. No Bromsfield, no Mary..just Billy.
There is a great moment when Superman and Captain Marvel double team and have this off-klitter shake to help each other out. It was inthe middle of fighting and super-nice.
The Action was EXCELLENT!!!
Didn't I say that.
REVIEW: 5/5 minus
(the minus is for the inclusion of Superman)
DC gives us a Shazam series.
You did good with this one. Somebody knows how to write a Captain Marvel/Billy.
Just lose the Superman T-shirt. Okay.
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