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Shazam! 5 reasons why you need to book your tickets for DC's new superhero movie

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You can now book your tickets for DC comic book movie Shazam!, which arrives on Cineworld screens on 5th April. (Cineworld Unlimited members: click here to book for your Shazam! Unlimited screening.)

Here's why you need to make like a superhero and book your Shazam! tickets right now...

1. It's everyone's favourite superhero fantasy

OK, maybe not everyone's, but for those who've imagined themselves as a superhero, this is your dream movie. Directed by Annabelle: Creation film-maker David F. Sandberg, it's the story of orphaned teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is granted the ability to transform into the titular character, one complete with cape and invulnerability. Who doesn't get a kick out of that premise?


2. It's a showcase for Zachary Levi

He's appeared in a minor role in the second and third Thor movies as Fandral, but this is the role Zachary Levi has been waiting for. He charmed us on comedy series Chuck but has never really found a movie vehicle to suit his talents – until now. Levi is infectiously funny and charming as a goofier kind of superhero, one who is essentially an adolescent trapped in an adult's body. Imagine Big crossed with 1978 Christopher Reeve classic Superman and you're in the right ballpark.


3. There's an excellent supporting cast

IT scene-stealer Jack Dylan Grazer brings the attitude as Billy's new step-brother Freddy, and Kick-Ass actor Mark Strong brings the menace as villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Plus, there's an appearance from DC and Marvel regular Djimon Hounsou as the mystical sorcerer who imbues Billy with his powers.


4. It takes the DC Extended Universe in new directions

Forget the portent and murk of earlier DCEU movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Shazam! aims for the bright, frothy and funny end of the spectrum, akin to the tone of last year's Aquaman. Given that movie became DC's most successful offering with more than $1 billion in the bank, we'd say the makers of Shazam! are headed in the right direction.


5. The critics love it

The social media embargo has lifted to a whole raft of delighted responses, including this from Cinemablend's Eric Eisenberg.

ET's Ash Crossan describes the movie as virtually perfect.

And IGN's Jim Vejvoda says the movie hearkens back to the tone of the aforementioned Superman.

We think that ought to do it. Click here to book your tickets for Shazam!, opening in Cineworld on 5th April.