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Audiences Are Raving About Zachary Levi and Shazam!

The film is being praised as one of the DCEU's best.

Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer as Shazam and Freddy Freeman in DCEU's Shazam.

Ever since the first footage of Shazam! premiered at San Diego Comic Con last year, we’ve been looking forward to the family-friendly superhero comedy. And while the character may not have been at the top of our lists for a solo film, the winning premise of “Big with Superheroes” is an easy sell, as is Zachary Levi’s goofy fun performance.

Thanks to advanced screenings, reviewers and fans are weighing in with their thoughts, which have been uniformly excellent. As of now, Shazam! is rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, eclipsing the DCEU’s previous top-rated entry Wonder Woman, which sits at 93%.

Shazam!‘s critical success (as well as its projected box office earnings) are part of a new wave of DCEU films that bring heart, humor, and a rich color palette to the DCEU. It seems that with the success of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the positive buzz around Shazam!, the DCEU is honing in on what audiences want. Having tried unsuccessfully to build an interconnected cinematic universe, the DCEU is smartly leaving that to Marvel and focusing on strong stand-alone films.

And they appear to have hit the target with Shazam!, if these reviews are anything to go by:

Have you seen Shazam! yet? What did you think? We’ll have our review up next week for the film, which premieres on April 5th in theaters everywhere.

(via CBR, image: Warner Bros.)

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