The selection of DC superhero films that have come out of Warner Bros. over the last decade have been hit or miss, to say the least. While Christopher Nolan's much-lauded Dark Knight trilogy made great use of Gotham's gritty atmosphere, the studio's subsequent attempts to re-create the magic - Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Justice League - have fallen flat. Fortunately, Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman and James Wan's Aquaman have leaned into the goofier, more human sides of their characters, and are unafraid of splashing a little color and humor into their stories.
This month's Shazam!, directed by David F. Sandberg, is no different, resulting in a charming, heartfelt superhero outing that's simultaneously thrilling, sharp, and even a little bit spooky. (The Seven Deadly Sins monsters attacking a conference room full of people? Nightmares.) But as tonally different