For April Fool’s Day, Shazam trolled audiences with a bait-and-switch trailer for Aquaman 2.
On Twitter, Landon O’Leary shared video of a YouTube ad that begins by claiming it’s the Aquaman 2 trailer. When the title card “The King Shall Reign”pops up, the word “king” is crossed out and replaced by “kid” as the video is revealed to be a humorous promo for Shazam. Watch it in the space below:
This is clearly an April Fools joke (Aquaman 2 is nowhere close to starting production), but it’s still worth a chuckle and is perfectly in-line with Shazam’s previous marketing and tone. Trailers and TV spots have played up the film’s comedy and sense of wish fulfillment, helping it stand apart from several of the other DC movies released in recent years.
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez. The film hits theaters April 5.