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    Shazam

    “Smallville” alum John Glover has reportedly boarded the DC Comics adaptation “Shazam” in an undisclosed role. Glover played Lionel Luther in The CW series and lent his voice to The Riddler in the “Batman” animated series in the 1990s. He also had a small cameo in 1997’s “Batman and Robin”.
     
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    “Shazam” To Have A Big DC Cameo…Sort Of


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    Following the success of “Aquaman,” Warner Bros. and DC Films are riding high into April with the release of their next joint feature “Shazam!”. David F. Sandberg helms the film which is expected to have a more comedic tone than the rest of the DCEU.

    Now a new report at We Got This Covered suggests the film will boast a cameo from a fellow DC hero, with many guessing Henry Cavill as Superman. But Cavill’s stint in the role has been uncertain in recent months. The site explains that while Superman is the cameo, it won’t be Cavill wearing the suit:

    “The Man of Steel’s appearance comes at the end of Billy Batson’s new film as part of the payoff to a running joke. Throughout the movie, it’s said that Billy’s friend and foster brother Freddy Freeman has been asking Billy to show up at his school in the Shazam persona in order to prove to all of Freddy’s classmates that he knows the hero.

    In the final scene, Shazam finally makes an appearance, before saying that he brought another friend with him. At this point, Superman walks into the room, but since Cavill isn’t looking ready to return anytime soon, the film will allegedly use a body double that doesn’t show Clark Kent’s face.”

    In the film and with the shouting of one word, streetwise 14-year-old foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) can turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) courtesy of an ancient wizard.

    Still a kid at heart inside a superpowered body, Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman and Ian Chen co-star in the film opening in theaters on April 5th.
     
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    “Shazam” Tops “Aquaman” In Previews


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    “Shazam!” held a two-week early preview screening this weekend with Fandango’s 1,200 screen one night only run on Saturday night making $3.3 million.


    That tops similar early preview hauls of films like “Aquaman” ($2.9 million), “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” ($2.6 million) and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” ($1.8 million).

    That’s a promising start for the film with the movie also getting its first Rotten Tomatoes score yesterday with a 95% (7.65/10) rating from 56 reviews counted. Said reviews have highly praised Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer’s performances and the film’s light, breezy, joyous and very family friendly tone whilst being less enthused with the villain and the reliance on cliches.

    “Shazam!” is apparently tracking for an opening weekend somewhere around $40-50 million, though with the way other films have been overperforming of late that number is expected to go up.
     
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    “Shazam” Opens To Strong Preview Numbers


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    Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Comics adaptation “Shazam!” earned $5.9 million from Thursday night previews in North America, topping “Pet Sematary” which made $2.3 million in its previews last night.

    “Shazam!” is expected to score a $45-50 million domestic haul this weekend and is coming off strong reviews praising it for its light fun tone, family friendliness and lack of self-importance like much of its comic brethren. The film’s family-friendly tone is expected to make good use of the vacuum left by the absence of interest in “Dumbo”.

    As an added bonus, “Shazam” cost $80 million to make – only half of what it required to make “Aquaman” and “Wonder Woman” so doesn’t need to make as much. The film already made $3.3 million at advanced screenings two weeks ago.

    In addition, the film made $16.4 million on its first day in China, along with a further $15.7 million from other global markets in its first two days with the overall overseas opening weekend haul expected to be around $100-120 million.
     
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    Shazam! reviewed by Mark Kermode



     
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