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Lightning Strikes Again

For the DC Universe

By Dakota Gesling
On April 24, 2019

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MOVIE REVIEW

The movie SHAZAM features a new take on a superhero that often leaves fans confused. Not to be associated with Captain Marvel, as he often is, the newest hero in the DC Universe is SHAZAM, featuring Asher Angel as Billie Batson and Zachary Levi as the iconic superhero. To new fans of the Red Cyclone, his name is actually an acronym that represents his powers. 

The powers that he possesses are: The Wisdom of Solomon, The Strength of Hercules, The Stamina of Atlas, The Power of Zeus, The Courage of Achilles and the Speed of Mercury. 

Each name is a contributing factor to his abilities, which are the focus for the majority of the movie. Despite his powers being the focus, they are nothing compared to the end fight that sports even more new characters and powers for the DC Universe.  

The movie is not all glitz and glamour, however, as the DC Universe is still catching up to itself. With the new releases such as Aquaman and Wonder Woman, they are riding a movie streak that is one to be beyond contested with. SHAZAM, though, has points that lead back to the beginning movies of the franchise, with dark tones to match. The language even plays to this factor as the amount of curse words is massive in this movie compared to others in its genre.  

The movie as a whole is still spectacular.  It delivers comedy, action and a side of family love that brings the movie to a heartfelt ending. 

The ending also has a twist that brings forth what could be a very formidable foe for the entire DC Universe in the near future. Be sure to stay for the end credit scene when you get to see SHAZAM in all of its awesomeness!

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