Shazam! Movie Review…

This is the first DC movie that I have been genuinely excited about for about a decade now, and I have to say it wasn’t what i was expecting. The reviews for this film were through the rough 90%+ on Rotten Tomatoes, and that was really surprising me because the lead up to the movie was low expectations because of the very cheesy trailers that we received. This movie really surpassed a lot of expectations for many, and for myself it was much more focused on the character development of Shazam and the theme of family much more than action and CGI pieces.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

I did enjoy Shazam for the most part. We sill start with the bad before the good because there was not much to dislike with the film. My main issue with Shazam was the CGI of the seven deadly sins. The main villain of the film Doctor Sivana had demons that he could summon on command to help him in battle, and I must say… the CGI for those characters was hideous. It felt like a 2005 Nickelodeon movie CGI job. The monsters from Scooby-Doo Skull Island looked better. That being said Doctor Sivana as a villain had some good development that started the movie off with him as a young child given the chance to become the all powerful Shazam, and he showed he had too much darkness in his heart to take the mantle. This drives him mad with revenge to take the power of Shazam which gives a very solid plot point for the villain. Then the only other negative I had with the movie was some of the jokes were very lame and didn’t land at all. Which was a little cringy, but not terrible by any means.

This movie really replicated what Marvel did with Ant Man. A much more light hearted film that revolved more around the theme of family and the development of the main character rather then big budget action scenes. Shazam does an amazing show with the coming of age story of Billy Batson to mature over such a short period of time so he can become the hero the world needs at this given time. Growing up Billy had no interest in family running from foster home after foster home, but after meeting Freddie and becoming Shazam he starts to realize how important family can be. Which was a really nice change of pace of a lot of current superhero films being love interest/power development. The movie also did a very good job in the marketing by not spoiling a very huge plot twist at the end with the whole Shazam family getting abilities. This is something I knew we would see eventually in the movie arch, but I did not expect it in the first film of Shazam which was a very pleasant surprise to say the least.

All in all Shazam was a very enjoyable superhero film that did a very good job at breaking the current mold of introduction superhero films. It definitely is getting the DCEU in the right direction after Wonder Woman and Aquaman’s success. Hopefully DC will continue on this track. I will give Shazam an 84%. It is very fun, family oriented superhero movie, with some very rough CGI at moments, but after that it is a great coming of age story for Billy Batson.

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Shazam!

There have been so many huge trailers that have dropped this week at San Diego Comic Con! We have already touched on one of the DC projects, Titans, the new gritty Teen Titans TV series… There have been two very big DC movie trailer that have dropped since then; the first one we are going to cover at the Nerd Chambers is Shazam! Myself and Manny have been somewhat skeptical with this upcoming super hero film because of the casting choice for the main role of Shazam. Sammy on the other hand seems to love the picks so far with casting for the film. That being said Shazam has always been one of my favorite DC characters thanks to the animated series he showed up in, and the very entertaining Injustice games (mobile/console). I have been extremely interested in this movie even with the questionable casting choice, but hey that will have to be answered once I see the film. Hopefully all the actors blow me away.

The introduction of the trailer was very enjoyable from the fun hangouts with Billy Batson and his friends to him standing up to some bullies at the school. I genuinely really enjoy Asher Angel so far as Billy Batson for what I have seen in the trailer. Once the trailer began to focus more on Shazam my worries started to increase a little more. I am terrified this movie is going to feel more like a super hero spoof movie rather than an actual super hero film. I did have those worries though for the Antman film that Marvel created, but that clearly was not the case… So I am really hoping that DC can pull of the same quirky style that Antman was able to do with Marvel. The actual footage of the film seemed to be good. there was not any moments of the trailer that I felt the CGI was bad (Not that we got to see a whole lot), but it looked better then I was expecting. The costume also looks a lot better seeing it post production rather than the set photos that were revealed seeming a bit too cheesy.

What did you think of the Shazam! trailer? Are you excited for the upcoming light heart-ted DC film? Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you liked the article hit the little star near the comments to let us know you enjoy the content! Have a great weekend, and make sure to check back this week for more highlights of Comic Con and the new No Man’s Sky Update!

-Brandon Maj

Titans DC Universe Trailer First Thoughts…

A HUGE trailer dropped yesterday for the DC Universe and it was Titans the live action Teen Titans TV show. There has been a lot of speculation coming from fans after the set photos were leaked of the upcoming project. Some people did not care for the style they were going for with the character designs but others were extremely excited to finally get a proper Teen Titans series. The trailer starts off with something that absolutely SHOCKED me… the fact that the series will be TV-MA!? I’ve been following the show at a very distant pace because I also have a few concerns, and didn’t want to give any judgement until information was confirmed. Growing up in the early 2000’s with the original teen titans cartoon series I was very excited to hear that there was a live action show in the works since I personally could not connect with Teen Titans GO! So seeing that they will be going with a VERY gritty style of what has always seemed to be a bit more of a witty/quirky super hero squad defiantly brings some concern…

There have been plenty of complaints after this trailer dropped… The main issue I have seen from a lot of fans (myself included) the personality of the characters seemed off to say the least. 1. Raven in the beloved TV show, video games, and some comic runs always seemed to be the mysterious “bruiting” one that doesn’t show much emotion unless in super tense situations, but she seemed to be the most emotional character in the trailer. Then Robin who is always the leader and the one to keep everyone focused was a pissed off whiny angsty teen. He even dropped an F bomb about Batman which truly surprised me. Those are the only two we really got much from in the first trailer. We also received a glimpse of Star Fire’s powers and a quick shot of Beast Boy pre-transformation, so I won’t really give any sort of input on them since we don’t have enough to go off of yet for a good enough analysis. My final question is this…  Is that it for who we get or will other characters from the team show up? The big question is Cyborg of course…

We will have to wait until later this year to find out if this is a stud or a dud. For the time being I will be reserved, but have my hopes that this show will blow us away! What do you think of the Titans trailer? Are you excited? Are you already going to write the show off as a failure? Let us know in the comment, and if you enjoyed the article hit the little star to let us know!

-Brandon Maj

C2E2 Day Two!!!

Day two was another day of excitement. The place was jammed packed,and had a record total of people for the con. The entire day was very shoulder to shoulder, but there were so many more crazy cosplayers for Saturday. There was even a DJ booth were cosplayers gathered and danced around like crazy. 

I started a little bit more of my comic book hunt Saturday, but sadly did not get very lucky in my searches. I was looking for the comic Warewolf by Night #32 (First appearance of Moon Knight) for my dad because of a bet we made years ago.  The context of the bet was I bet him that the Cubs would not win a world series in the next 5 years (Bet made in 2013)… If I win he owed me Amazing Spider-Man #13 (First Appearance of Mysterio). Since he won though… I owe him Warewolf by Night #32… I wanted to make sure to find him a high enough grade book, so it was a lot of fun going on the hunt for this book. Sadly I only found copies around a 7.0, 8.0 at best… Where I’m looking for a 9.2+, so there goes about 1200$… I’m sure I will acquire this book soon enough hopefully at Wizard World in August! 

All around I was shocked that there were not a lot of comic book vendors. This was probably the least I’ve seen at any con. The amounts of artists and little toys and statues at this con was overwhelming. All were incredible but I wish there were many more comic vendors! Hopefully you had a good time at C2E2 if you also had the privilege to go! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

No More Batman…?

There has been a lot of worry following the DC Universe lately… After the poor response from Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, people are starting to lose hope when it comes to the DCU. Even with the scepticism people are still getting excited for the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films. There has been one more movie that a lot of comic book fans have been very excited for. That is the stand alone Batman film that Ben Affleck would take the role again as the caped crusader.

There has been drama filling the air of Gotham City’s finest. At one point Ben Affleck was set to star and co-direct the upcoming Batman film, but he backed out of that position to just star. With all the rumors floating around the skies there is even a chance we might not get a Batman film with Ben Affleck… Instead of cancelling the film, or going forward with the project, they have decided to delay the movie. We are not sure how to take this… Wether to be happy the film was  not cancelled, or upset that the rumors are looking to be true that their is complications.

Alex Gilyadov states in his article DC WANTS TO FILL THE BATMAN SLOT WITH ANOTHER FILM

According to Variety’s Justin Kroll, the studios are looking to fast-track one of five movies — The Flash, Dark Universe, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, or Green Lantern Corps. “

We may not be graced with a new Batman saga, but at least we are getting to see something in the place of Batman. Which movie do you hope DCU decides to push forward and make? Let us know @TheNerdChambers which movie you want!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)