My wife is a big fan of Zachary Levi and enjoyed the trailer a lot. Not sure if she will fork over money for a ticket when it comes out, but at least it got her attention.
|Posted: 26 July 2018 at 5:36pm | IP Logged | 11
I didn't see much in the trailer that appealed to me. I like Levi okay in the role (he was terrific in the TV series CHUCK) but my dislikes were many...
1) The obviously padded suit, which gives the character a rather campy image. Levi is tall enough to play the role, and we know that Christopher Reeve hit the gym to build up his physique (some say as much as adding 30 lbs.) to play Superman back in 1978. Why we couldn't have given Levi the same chance is beyond me, especially given the advances in training and nutrition that Reeve didn't have but are now available to every actor in Hollywood. The padding looks cartoonish and if that is the look the director was going for then okay. But given a few more weeks in the weight room I think Levi could have pulled it off without the addition of styrofoam.
2.) The total absence of any Solomonic wisdom, the overall lack of maturity, and the bumbling tests to access his powers were miles distant from the Captain Marvel that I know from the 70s/80s. The Big Red Cheese from my youth was accomplished at using his powers as soon as the lightning bolt hit. The testing scenes are obviously inserted for humorous purposes to appeal to the kids in the audience. But the character has been around for as long as Superman and ignores the fact that the older audience members would look at those scenes as being out of place, even if it is only in a trailer.
3.) The Superhero-As-Battery-Charger scene... If this is the way the character is now being portrayed in DC Comics then I am glad I gave up collecting them over five years ago. A truly stupid sight gag that compounds the maturity problem I mentioned above.
4.) The way Billy Batson is portrayed as a juvenile delinquent. That may be the way the current version is being marketed but the Billy I first met on the page 30+ years ago had a good head on his shoulders and was a solid guy of good character. That is one of the reasons that Shazam decided to grant him the powers of the immortals in the first place. He wasn't trying to reform Billy by giving him superpowers, he was ensuring that the power was given to someone who was essentially "good" and would always try to act that way. The Billy Batson shown in the trailer wouldn't have merited a second glance from the old wizard.
I can only hope the next trailer (and the months remaining before the release date) manages to put the character back on azimuth. Otherwise this movie is going to end up being a discount rental option for me instead of a must-see on the silver screen.