Nodding to ‘Big,’ ‘Shazam!’ brings the superhero down a size

NEW YORK --- "Shazam!" is one of those movies with a perfect elevator pitch. Everywhere along its path to production, the same phrase guided its makers: "'Big' meets 'Superman.'" As a tale about a 14-year-old boy who finds that he can transform into a powerful adult superhero version of himself with a simple command ("Shazam!"), Penny Marshall's classic 1988 comedy was an obvious touchstone for both its body-changing plot and its sweet sense of humor. If you didn't sense the connection immediately in "Shazam!" you will by the time a giant floor piano makes a cameo. "One of the beautiful things about this movie is you can pitch it in three words," says Zachary Levi, who stars as...Keep on reading: Nodding to ‘Big,’ ‘Shazam!’ brings the superhero down a size

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