Shazam! is in a very good place to market to kids, and Warner Bros. is taking advantage of it. The title character’s alter ego is a kid, which is a perfect “in”, to get kids to the film and to help the kids feel a connection with the character.
To help with that, Warner Bros. is partnering with publisher HarperCollins to release several kid friendly novels about the upcoming film.
So far four new young reader books have been announced based on the upcoming film. All of them will hit stores February 26, just ahead of the release of the film (so be wary of spoilers if buying these).
Shazam!: Freddy’s Guide to Super Hero-ing
This full-color paperback features 144 pages of entertaining notes, journal entries, and exclusive, never-before-seen photos!
In this jam-packed guide, follow Shazam and his best friend Freddy as they take you through everything you need (and ever wanted) to know about being a real super hero.
With entries from both Freddy and Shazam, the guide provides you with step-by-step instructions, from flight tests to high-tech suits. This imaginative guide is sure to be a hit with fans of the hilarious DC character.
You can currently pre-order Shazam!: Freddy’s Guide to Super Hero-ing from Amazon!
Shazam!: The Deluxe Junior Novel
Shazam: The Deluxe Junior Novel is based on the upcoming New Line Cinema major motion picture. This handsome paper-over-board edition contains exclusive scenes and an eight-page, full-color insert.
We all have a super hero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out…
By shouting just one word—SHAZAM!—Billy Batson, the street-wise fourteen-year-old foster kid from Philadelphia, can magically transform into the adult super hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard.
Will Billy and his new foster brother, Freddy, learn to harness Billy’s newfound superpowers like flight and bullet immunity in time to fight the dangerous forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana?
You can pre-order the Shazam!: The Deluxe Junior Novel from Amazon!
Shazam!: A Shazam Showdown (I Can Read Level 3)
Based on New Line Cinema’s major motion picture, Shazam: A Shazam Showdown is a uniquely illustrated Level 3 I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.
As one of the world’s greatest super heroes, Shazam is unmatched…that is, until he meets the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Discover how Shazam battles his greatest foe yet and ultimately learns how a true hero saves the day!
You can currently pre-order Shazam!: A Shazam Showdown from Amazon!
Shazam!: Becoming Shazam (I Can Read Level 3)
Based on New Line Cinema’smajor motion picture, Shazam: Becoming Shazam is a uniquely illustrated Level 3 I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.
Before he became Shazam, he was a street-wise fourteen-year-old foster kid from Philadelphia named Billy Batson. Discover how Billy met his destiny head on to become one of the greatest super heroes of all time: Shazam!
You can currently pre-order Shazam!: Becoming Shazam from Amazon!
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David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) directs New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran (upcoming “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) serves as the film’s producer.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) as the Wizard.
Firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the screenplay is by Henry Gayden, story by Gayden and Darren Lemke. Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia serve as executive producers.
Sandberg’s creative team includes his “Annabelle: Creation” director of photography Maxime Alexandre, production designer Jennifer Spence, editor Michel Aller and costume designer Leah Butler.
A New Line Cinema production, “Shazam!” is set for release on April 5, 2019. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.