SHAZAM! is a 'Family Film' According to Stars

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Asher Angel and Zachary Levi, the stars of DC's Shazam! movie, took to Facebook live to answer fan questions for Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday to describe their film, with Angel (who plays Billy Batson, the teenage alter ego of Levi's adult Shazam) explaining that unlike some superhero films, it's a "family movie."

"It's a fun, family movie and everyone's gonna wanna watch it...What makes it unique is that it's a family movie," said Angel.

"In one sentence, I would say this movie is like Superman meets Big," added Levi, referring to the Tom Hanks-starring comedy film about a boy who makes a wish to become a fully grown adult overnight.

Some of DC's films have previously been characterized as dark and foreboding, with decidedly less family-friendly elements and storylines. Given the source material, Shazam! going a more lighthearted direction makes sense - but it does raise a question: will Dwayne Johnson's in-development Black Adam movie follow suit? This might require the actor to take the anti-hero/villain in a less intense direction - or possibly mandate the films being entirely separate.

Shazam! is currently in production for an April 5, 2019 theatrical release.

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