Lego DC: Shazam! — Magic and Monsters

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Warner;
Animated;
$19.98 DVD, $24.98 Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Voices of Sean Astin, Troy Baker, Nolan North, Grey Griffin, Christina Milizia, James Arnold Taylor, Imari Williams, Fred Tatasciore, Ralph Garman, Zach Callison, Dee Bradley Baker, Jennifer Hale, Tom Kenny, Johnny Rees, Erica Lindbeck, Josh Keaton.

The “Lego DC” movies are like a throwback to the days of superheroes being light and fun, like the old “Super Friends” cartoon.

The latest installment focuses on Shazam, the red-suited mystically powered hero who has gotten a bit higher profile of late thanks to his own live-action motion picture last year.

In this new adventure done in the Lego style, Shazam is a rookie superhero on the verge of joining the Justice League. But he doesn’t believe the team will accept him if they discover that his secret identity of Billy Batson is just a kid who only takes on adult form when he gains powers by shouting “Shazam!”

His fears become secondary, however, when his archenemesis Mr. Mind and Dr. Savana discover a way to turn the Justice League members into children so that they may more easily brainwash them into doing evil.

That leaves is up to Shazam, and the kid version of Batman who escapes, to save the day.

The movie has a lot of fun playing with the Shazam mythology, particularly all the gods from whom Shazam derives his powers. There’s also a fantastic final fight that might fulfill a lot of fanboy crossover fantasies.

The Blu-ray includes a Lego Shazam minifigure and three bonus cartoons: an episode of “Teen Titans Go!” and two episodes of “Unikitty!”

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Warner Releasing ‘Lego Shazam’ Movie Digitally April 28, on Disc June 16

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the new full-length animated feature film Lego DC: Shazam! — Magic and Monsters through digital retailers April 28, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 16.

The latest entry in the direct-to-video line of Lego DC Comics movies features Shazam (Sean Astin) becoming the newest member of the Justice League. But to join, he must reveal his true identity as Billy Batson, a 10-year-old boy granted the power of the gods when he says his name, a gift bestowed upon him by a wizard (Ralph Garman). While fighting off the evil Mr. Mind and Black Adam, Billy learns that he must trust others — and that nothing creates trust like helping those in need.

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The cast also includes Troy Baker as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Nolan North as Superman and Alfred; Grey Griffin as Wonder Woman and Lois Lane; Christina Milizia as Green Lantern Jessica Cruz; James Arnold Taylor as The Flash and Dummy; Imari Williams as Black Adam and Teth Adam; Fred Tatasciore as Lobo and Oom; Zach Callison as Billy Batson and Jimmy Olsen; Dee Bradley Baker as Jeepers, Dr. Sivana and Crocodile Man; Jennifer Hale as Mary Batson and L.N. Ambassador; Tom Kenny as The Penguin and Perry White; Jonny Rees as Mr. Mind; Erica Lindbeck as a greeter and a farmer; and Josh Keaton as Terrance and an executive.

The Lego Shazam! Blu-ray and DVD will include three cartoons from the Warner Bros. Animation vault: The “Teen Titans Go!” episode “Little Elvis,” and the “Unikitty!” episodes “Spoooooky Game” and “Pool Duel.”

For a limited time, the disc versions of the move will include a Shazam minifigure.

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‘Shazam!’ Lights Up Disc Sales in July

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Shazam! was No. 1 on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for July 2019 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The superhero movie was released July 16.

Fox’s sci-fi actioner Alita: Battle Angel, released toward the end of the month on July 23, was the No. 2 seller for the month.

Another late-month release, Lionsgate’s Hellboy remake, on disc July 23, entered the monthly chart at No. 3.

Disney’s live-action Dumbo remake was No. 4 during the month after debuting in the second spot the previous month.

Disney’s Captain Marvel, the previous month’s top title, dropped to No. 5 for the month.

Other new releases on the top 10 monthly chart include Fox’s faith-based Breakthrough at No. 6, and the horror remake Pet Sematary, from Paramount, at No. 7.

Disney’s 1994 The Lion King, pushed back onto the chart at No. 8, no doubt enjoying a resurgence due to the theatrical release of its live-action-style remake.

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The list of the year’s top 10 disc sellers was relatively unchanged from the previous month.

Warner’s Aquaman remained at No. 1, Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody was still No. 2, and Captain Marvel held onto the No. 3 spot.

The only change in the year’s top 10 was Paramount’s Bumblebee and Universal’s The Grinch switching spots. Bumblebee rose two spots to No. 8 and Grinch dropped two spots to No. 10.

According to NPD, the July 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Shazam! (Warner)
  2. Alita: Battle Angel (Fox)
  3. Hellboy (2019) (Lionsgate)
  4. Dumbo (2019) (Disney)
  5. Captain Marvel (Disney/Marvel)
  6. Breakthrough (Fox)
  7. Pet Sematary (2019) (Paramount)
  8. The Lion King (Disney)
  9. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)
  10. Harry Potter 8-Film Collection (Warner)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through July 2019):

  1. Aquaman (Warner)
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  3. Captain Marvel (Disney/Marvel)
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  5. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
  6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
  7. A Star Is Born (2018) (Warner)
  8. Bumblebee (Paramount)
  9. Mary Poppins Returns (Disney)
  10. The Grinch (Universal)

 

‘Captain Marvel’ Commands Disc Sales in June

‘Shazam!’ Remains Top Redbox Rental, ‘Alita’ Tops On Demand Chart

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Shazam! remained No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental chart the week ended July 28.

The top newcomer on the disc rental chart was Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Hellboy remake, debuted at No. 3 on the kiosk chart.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

Fox’s faith-based drama Breakthrough dropped to No. 4 on the disc chart.

Paramount’s remake of the horror film Pet Sematary slipped to No. 5 on the kiosk chart.

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The Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals, saw Alita debut at No. 1, with Shazam! dropping to No. 2.

Hellboy was No. 3, Breakthrough was No. 4 and Universal’s Little was No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 28:

  1. Shazam! — Warner
  2. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  3. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  4. Breakthrough — Fox
  5. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  6. Little Universal
  7. Dumbo (2019) Disney
  8. Missing Link — Fox
  9. Captain Marvel — Disney
  10. Us — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 28:

  1. Alita: Battle Angel — Fox
  2. Shazam! — Warner
  3. Hellboy (2019) — Lionsgate
  4. Breakthrough — Fox
  5. Little Universal
  6. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  7. Aquaman Warner
  8. The Upside — STX
  9. Missing Link — Fox
  10. Us — Universal

‘Shazam!’ Shines on Home Video Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Shazam! debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 20.

The superhero movie based on the DC Comics character earned $140.4 million at the domestic box office.

Another newcomer, Fox’s faith-based drama Breakthrough, was No. 2 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

The week also saw several older titles re-emerge among the weekly bestsellers thanks to “Prime Day” sales held by Amazon.com July 15 and 16.

For example, the Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection rose all the way back up to No. 3 on the overall list and No. 2 on the Blu-ray list.

Disney’s Dumbo live-action remake was No. 4 on the overall sales chart in its fourth week, and was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the top five overall was another superhero movie, Disney’s Captain Marvel, in its sixth week on disc. Captain Marvel was the No. 3 Blu-ray.

The previous week’s top seller, Paramount’s remake of Pet Sematary, dropped to No. 6 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 72% of first-week Shazam! unit sales, compared with 36% for Breakthrough. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format comprised 18% of Shazam!‘s total, while a Best Buy-exclusive 3D edition was good for 3%. Breakthrough saw 2% of its overall sales come from UHD Blu-ray.

The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended July 21 also saw Shazam! bow in the top spot, followed by Breakthrough.

Pet Sematary slipped from the top spot a week earlier to No. 3, with Universal’s Little at No. 4 and Dumbo at No. 5.

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‘Shazam!’ Zaps Redbox Rental and On Demand Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Shazam! debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and On Demand charts the week ended July 21.

The offbeat superhero film stars Zachary Levi as the the DC Comics character.

The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks. The Redbox On Demand chart tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Fox’s faith-based drama Breakthrough debuted at No. 2 on both charts.

Paramount’s remake of the horror film Pet Sematary dropped to No. 3 on both charts. It debuted at No. 1 on the disc chart and No. 2 on the digital chart the week before.

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The Universal Pictures comedy Little slipped to No. 4 on both charts a week after debuting at No. 2 on the kiosk rental chart and No. 1 on the On Demand chart.

Disney’s live-action Dumbo remake was No. 5 on the kiosk chart.

Warner’s Aquaman rounded out the top 5 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 21:

  1. Shazam! — Warner
  2. Breakthrough — Fox
  3. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  4. Little Universal
  5. Dumbo (2019) Disney
  6. Captain Marvel — Disney
  7. Escape Plan: The Extractors — Lionsgate
  8. Us — Universal
  9. Wonder Park — Paramount
  10. The Professor — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 21:

  1. Shazam! — Warner
  2. Breakthrough — Fox
  3. Pet Sematary (2019) Paramount
  4. Little Universal
  5. Aquaman Warner
  6. The Upside — STX
  7. Us — Universal
  8. After — Universal
  9. Escape Plan: The Extractors — Lionsgate
  10. Five Feet Apart — Lionsgate

Merchandising: The Magic Word is ‘Shazam!’

Retailers offered a couple of exclusives for Warner’s Shazam! upon its Blu-ray release July 16.

Best Buy had an exclusive 3D Blu-ray combo pack of Shazam! for $29.99, in addition to a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook for $34.99.

Walmart offered a $29.96 gift set of the Shazam! Blu-ray combo pack with a pack-on Funko Pocket Pop keychain of the main character. Walmart also sold a single-disc DVD version with just a single “Who Is Shazam?” featurette for $16.96, as opposed to the regularly available two-disc special-edition DVD with the full range of extras for $1 more everywhere else.

Target continued to offer 20% off movies on Blu-ray and DVD, excluding new releases, through July 20 via the Cartwheel coupon function on the Target app.

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Shazam!

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 7/16/19;
Warner;
Action;
Box Office $140.24 million;
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of action, language, and suggestive material.
Stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews, Meagan Good, Ross Butler, D.J. Cotrona, Michelle Borth, Adam Brody, John Glover.

The movie based on the character now known as Shazam has been one of the pleasant surprises of late in an entertainment landscape crowded with superhero adaptations.

For his 80th anniversary, the filmmakers have magnificently captured the essence of one of the most influential characters in early comic book superhero history while successfully re-contextualizing him for a world that is now littered with many of the very comic book tropes he helped inspire (and which the film has a lot of fun calling out and subverting).

The story involves a foster kid named Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is summoned into a magical realm by a wizard seeking to empower a new champion to keep the evil forces of the seven deadly sins at bay. When Billy speaks the word “Shazam,” he is transformed into the hero of the same name, though with an adult body.

The name Shazam is derived from the mythological heroes from which he draws his powers: the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury.

The older Shazam version of Billy is played by Zachary Levi, whose goofy charm perfectly embodies the notion of a child trying to be a superhero. The film is essentially the superhero movie version of Big, and you can be sure that the film doesn’t miss its chances to reference that fact.

With Billy still possessing a teenager’s mind while learning to deal with his new powers, he seeks the advice of foster brother Freddy Freeman (not to be confused with the Atlanta Braves first baseman). Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) is a huge fan of superheroes and begins building Shazam’s fan base with YouTube videos showing off his powers, which include flight, superspeed and the ability to shoot lightning bolts from his hands.

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The idea of wish fulfillment is a strong recurring theme in the film, as what kid doesn’t daydream about having fantastic abilities that let them put their worries behind them?

The flipside of Billy’s story is Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong), who as a child was rejected by the wizard and has spent 45 years seeking artifacts to return him to the wizard’s cave. In doing so, he becomes the champion for the deadly sins, giving him the power to seek retribution against those who tormented him over the years.

Sivana wants the powers of Shazam for himself so that the spirits of the sins will be free to rain havoc upon the world once more. This of course leads to another classic battle between good and evil that no good comic book movie should be without.

The parallel journeys of Billy and Sivana force the film into a tricky balancing act that director David F. Sandberg somehow pulls off. In contrast to the lighthearted superhero romp of Billy and Freddy, Sivana’s story is more like something out of a horror film, with scary monsters lurking in the shadows causing pain and destruction.

Another positive side effect of the film is the spotlight it puts on foster families, and it’s interesting this film came so soon after 2018’s very good Instant Family, which also dealt with the subject. The foster storyline gives Shazam! a lot of its heart, and the kids in Billy’s foster family end up serving the plot in a huge way that ends up producing one of the biggest fist-pumping moments for fans of the Shazam comics.

Speaking of which, the character’s tumultuous publication history is a big factor in what may be one of the oddest cinematic coincidences of recent years.

The character was introduced by Fawcett Comics in 1939 as Captain Marvel and became the top-selling comic book of the 1940s, even more popular than Superman. He even inspired DC Comics to give Superman the power of flight, when before the Man of Steel was simply able to jump long distances. Captain Marvel was also one of the first heroes to inspire a family of sidekicks with similar powers, including a female version of the main hero.

Nonetheless, DC sued Fawcett claiming that Captain Marvel was basically a ripoff of Superman, and by the early 1950s Fawcett discontinued the character.

In the meantime, Marvel Comics created its own Captain Marvel in the 1960s and seized the trademark on the name, so that when DC acquired publishing rights to the original Captain Marvel and revived the character in the 1970s it couldn’t use the character’s original name in comic book titles, which is how he became known as just Shazam.

As it turned out, a movie based on the Marvel Comics version would end up coming out just a month before Shazam!, the dueling “Captain Marvel” properties adding to Hollywood lore of similarly themed movies hitting theaters at the same time, like the rival James Bond movies of 1983, multiple Columbus movies of 1992, and the Armageddon vs. Deep Impact asteroid movies of 1998.

And, as if Shazam not being allowed to use his original name weren’t enough, Marvel’s movie wasn’t even based on the original version of its own Captain Marvel, but a rebooted version with a previously obscure female superhero taking up the mantle.

In another coincidence, both Captain Marvel movies would feature Djimon Hounsou, who plays the wizard in Shazam! and reprises his Guardians of the Galaxy role as a Kree soldier in Captain Marvel.

In fact, Shazam! is something of an amalgamation of the current superhero movie trend. Like Spider-Man: Homecoming, it plays a Ramones song over an animated end credits sequence (though Shazam!’s serves the motifs of the movie better).

Adam Brody and D.J. Cotrona, who in 2007 had been cast in a now-canceled “Justice League” movie, finally get their chance to play superheroes in Shazam!. Mark Strong returns to the DC Comics fold having previously played Sinestro in the awful Green Lantern movie. And with his role as Sivana’s father, John Glover has now played the father of two DC supervillains,, having played Lex Luthor’s father on “Smallville” (he’s also voiced “The Riddler” in Batman cartoons and played a villain in Batman & Robin).

The Shazam! Blu-ray contains a sequel of sorts in the form of a four-minute motion comic called “Superhero Hooky” in which Billy must explain why he and his foster siblings ditched school for a superhero adventure.

The Blu-ray also includes a whopping 16 deleted scenes that run about 37 minutes in total. About half of them are alternate or lesser-developed versions of sequences in the final film, taken from an earlier cut before the story was tweaked to add a bit bigger scale. There are also some fun additional moments featuring the Shazam family, and a tease of a future supervillain to be played by Dwayne Johnson.

Among the behind-the-scenes material, the most comprehensive is the 27-minute “The Magical World of Shazam,” which delves into all aspects of the production. The making of the climactic battle is the focus of a separate 10-minute scene study. The three-minute “Super Fun Zac” puts a spotlight on Levi in the title role, while the six-minute “Shazamily Values” looks into the foster family aspect of the movie.

Finally, the history and identity of the character is touched upon on the six-minute “Who Is Shazam?”

Captain Marvel

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 6/11/19;
Disney/Marvel;
Action;
Box Office $425.98 million;
$39.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language.
Stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Clark Gregg.

The 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel, is the most entertaining backstory for a pager you’re likely to see.

First and foremost, the film answers the question of who Nick Fury was contacting in the post-credits sequence of Avengers: Infinity War as half of all life in the universe was turning to dust as a result of Thanos’ snap. And in doing so, it provides the introduction of a key hero who would otherwise be considered little more than a deus ex machina in Avengers: Endgame.

The film serves as a prequel for the rest of the MCU (aside from the World War II setting of Captain America: The First Avenger), and its 1995 setting is a big indicator of what direction the humor and soundtrack are going to go.

It starts off as something of a space opera, shades of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” focused an alien task force that includes the warrior Vers (Brie Larson). The team is helping the Kree Empire (the blue aliens seen in other MCU movies and the TV series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) fight a war against the shape-shifting Skrulls.

When a mission goes awry and Vers finds herself captured by the Skrulls, she escapes to Earth, where the Skrulls are searching for a mysterious power source.

After encountering S.H.I.E.L.D., she learns she is really Carol Danvers, a human test pilot believed killed several years before in a crash that in actuality was an attack that left her with superpowers and no memory of her previous self.

Carol’s abilities in the film have been frequently compared with a hero from” rival DC Comics: Superman, which is interesting considering that Danvers” is also the last name of Supergirl’s human alter ego. She also wouldn’t even be the first Captain Marvel to be compared with Superman — that would be the Fawcett Comics Captain Marvel from the 1940s that was eventually acquired by DC Comics and renamed Shazam to avoid confusion with the Marvel Comics version of the character. (That the Shazam! movie would finally hit screens just a month after Captain Marvel is one of cinema’s great coincidences.)

Captain Marvel attempts to fiddle with the tropes of the superhero origin story by using a flashback mystery structure, which is a nice exercise in technique even if Vers’ true identity will only be a mystery to anyone who hasn’t seen the film’s trailers beforehand or has any passing familiarity with her comic book history (or has already seen the movie, of course). There are other surprises to be had and some subversion of expectations, which balances it all out.

It’s a perfectly entertaining adventure that doesn’t rise beyond more than mid-level Marvel at best (which in the greater scheme of things is still pretty good). It has fun filling in some pieces of the larger Marvel franchise, though it could use a lesson in subtlety.

The film is at its strongest when it involves Carol on her mission, be it as part of the Kree Starforce, or paired with the younger version of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, effectively de-aged by the magic of computers) in a kind of buddy cop movie.

The film is ultimately a piece of bright, cheery fun that will light up HD TV screens with warm colors and the kind of razzle-dazzle we’ve come to expect from Marvel’s cosmic adventures.

This was also the first MCU movie released after the death of Marvel legend Stan Lee, and contains one of his best cameos in the franchise, calling back to what he was actually up to in 1995. That’s in addition to the touching opening tribute that presents the Marvel Studios logo with video from his various cameos over the years.

These are the only tributes to Stan Lee on the Blu-ray, though, as there isn’t a separate bonus feature devoted to it, aside from a mention in the commentary track from co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Otherwise, the commentary is a fairly typical back-and-forth in which they discuss various behind-the-scenes challenges, story points and their enjoyment of working with certain actors.

The movie also comes with an optional two-minute introduction by the directors.

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The Blu-ray includes a two-minute gag reel, nine minutes of deleted and alternate scenes, and six behind-the-scenes featurettes that total about 24 minutes of viewing time.

The seven-minute “Becoming a Super Hero” and three-and-a-half-minute “Big Hero Moment” deal with Larson taking on the role and the significance of having a superhero movie fronted by a female lead, while “The Dream Team” is a three-minute video about the directors.

“The Skrulls and the Kree” offers a three-and-a-half-minute primer on the primary conflict of the film.

The three-and-a-half-minute “The Origin of Nick Fury” gets MCU stars from other movies to discuss his character’s appearance over the years.

Finally, there’s “Hiss-sterical Cat-titude,” a tongue-in-cheek three-and-a-half-minute propaganda video about the cat named Goose that serves a central role in the story.

The digital copy of the film includes a seven-minute visual effects featurette, and a five-minute exploration about crafting an action scene for a Marvel movie. There are also galleries of set photos and concept art.

Vudu has an additional digital exclusive, a three-minute vignette called “Her Story,” which seems like a promotional piece cobbled together from video used in the other featurettes.

‘Shazam!’ Flying to Home Video in July From Warner

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the DC Comics superhero movie Shazam! digitally July 2, and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 16.

The film tells the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a teenager in foster care who is empowered by a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) to become the superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) to defend the realms of magic from the evil Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong).

The cast also includes Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Marta Milans and Cooper Andrews.

The film earned $138.2 million at the domestic box office.

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The character first appeared in comic books published by Fawcett in 1940 under the name Captain Marvel, and was later acquired by DC.

To avoid confusion with the Marvel Comics character of Captain Marvel (whose own movie will be available for digital download May 28 and on disc June 11), DC eventually changed the character’s name to Shazam, the word Billy says to transform into the adult superhero (also the name of the Wizard who gives Billy his powers).

Shazam is an acronym derived from the names of the six mythological heroes from which the character draws his power: the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury.

The Shazam! Blu-ray and special-edition DVD will include an exclusive Shazam motion comic, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a breakdown of the carnival scene, and the featurettes “The Magical World of Shazam,” “Super Fun Zac,” “Shazamily Values” and “Who is Shazam?”

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Shazam! will feature Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

A 3D Blu-ray is listed for preorder at WBshop.com as well.