SALT LAKE CITY — “Shazam!” may not be the best DC comic book movie, but it’s easily the most fun.
David F. Sandberg’s origin story about a Philadelphia foster kid who becomes a superhero is fun, funny and surprisingly moving. It opens in 1974 in upstate New York, when a car crash magically transports a young boy to a mystic chamber called the Council of Wizards. Here, the last remaining wizard — Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) — is searching for a worthy champion to carry his powers.
Flash-forward to present-day Philadelphia and the search is still on. Dozens of children have reported similar strange encounters. The newest candidate is Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a precocious teen who has been searching for his biological mother while bouncing between different foster homes (…) It’s also insightful, as we see an immature Billy wrestle with the adult responsibility of new powers that require a few growing pains. Levi — who will be a guest at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention on April 20 — is a perfect fit as the “grown-up” superhero, channeling the best of his work on the TV show “Chuck” into a role that echoes Tom Hanks in “Big.” Grazer is great fun opposite both versions of the hero, and Strong’s baddie is given a unique backstory of his own(…)