The Chinese Shazam Trailer Is Packed With Hilarious Spoilers

Yeah. We kind of which we hadn’t seen that either, Billy.
Yeah. We kind of which we hadn’t seen that either, Billy.
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Here’s a problem fans probably didn’t think they’d run into with Shazam: It just suffered the evil fate of being a comedy.

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You see, oftentimes trailers for comedies ruin all the best jokes. They have to. Studios want to get butts in seats, and that means making a really funny trailer no matter the cost. This goes for all movies, of course, but comedies are often worse for it because jokes can be less funny after you’ve heard them once. They can also be funnier, depending on the situation—but I think we’d all prefer to hear the best of the best for the first time in the theater.

Which brings us back to Shazam. Shazam is primarily a superhero movie but it has a lot of comedic elements. More than most superhero movies, at least. And, in this new Chinese trailer for the film, several comedic moments that haven’t been heard in previous trailers are spoiled. And some are the best the movie has to offer.

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Now, we usually don’t consider jokes to be spoilers per se, but having seen the film, we have a feeling you might not want to watch this. If you do though, it’s really funny and you’ll love it. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

In the interest of trying to preserve the theatrical experience, even if you did watch the above trailer, we’ll let you make the very obvious deductions of which scenes we’re referencing in the comments below.

Shazam opens in theaters April 5, but will have early screenings on March 23 via Fandango.

(h/t Syfy)

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DISCUSSION

I tend to be out of sync with comedic tastes a lot of the time, but if those are the best gags in a more comedy-focused take on superheroics, I fear for the film.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t horrible or anything, but funny is in the execution as much as (or more than) the idea, and while I can see the potential for funny in, for example, not being able to hear the villain’s monologue, the trailer failed to raise a smile in me, let alone a laugh (for what it’s worth, I didn’t cringe at any of the jokes either).