DC may be breaking its “Dark and Edgy Mc-Edge” themed movies in what seems to be a superhero movie with people smiling and cracking jokes! In SHAZAM! Young Billy Batson (Asher Angel) magically transforms into a grown-up Superhero called SHAZAM (Zachary Levi) whenever he utters, well, Shazam! As Zachary Levi puts it during his HVFF Panel, “It’s the (Tom Hanks) Movie BIG but with super powers” and from the looks of this highly-anticipated teaser trailer it seems to be the case.

What fascinated me from the trailer is how they subtly tie-in SHAZAM! with the entire DC Cinematic Universe. With the character of Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) being somewhat a superhero nerd, we’re shown Batarangs and memorabilia that help build the cinematic universe further.

SHAZAM also stars Djimon Hounsou cast as the Wizard and Mark Strong as the villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. SHAZAM! will be released next year by April.