Blame it on the Mandela Effect, but I will never not think of the non-existent Shaq genie movie Shazam every time I see something related to the upcoming DCEU movie. (If you're confused and unaware of the mind-boggling phenomenon, that 1996 movie was actually called Kazaam despite me and most of the internet remembering otherwise.) Anyway, the new DC movie, the actual Shazam!, is currently in production and while Warner Bros. has been mum on details, today brings the first official poster.

The new one sheet debuted on the film’s Twitter and Facebook accounts Tuesday afternoon, revealing the official logo amid some gloomy clouds. (And just when we thought the DCEU was gonna brighten things up post-Justice League!) The poster looks… fine. I mean, upon first look I honestly thought it was a logo for a new CW superhero show. But hey, it’s not the worst superhero poster I’ve ever seen.


The David F. Samberg-directed film follows a foster kid who can turn into an adult superhero just by saying the word, “Shazam!” Zachary Levi plays the titular adult, and we’ve already seen an unofficial look at his red, white, and gold costume in set photos, while Mark Strong plays the baddie. Here’s the official synopsis:

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.  In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.  Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!  Can he fly?  Does he have X-ray vision?  Can he shoot lightning out of his hands?  Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child.  But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

We’re likely to get more details, and maybe an official first look, tomorrow during Entertainment Weekly‘s live Q&A with the cast during their set visit. Stay tuned for that. Shazam!, a movie that has nothing to do with a magical Shaquille O’Neal, hits theaters April 5, 2019.

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