Have you ever wondered what you might get if you crossed a superhero film with the Tom Hanks body-swap comedy Big? Well, Shazam! just might be the answer to that question. Telling the origin story of Billy Batson, the unassuming orphan who’s granted the magical power of transforming into an adult-sized superhero when he says the magic word of the title.
Total Film gets the inside scoop on the newest DCEU adventure with an access-all-areas visit to the Toronto set and exclusive interviews with director David F. Sandberg, stars Zachary Levi and Mark Strong, and many more. Find out how Shazam! is bringing childlike wonder back to superhero movies.
On shelves from January 11, the new issue also features Alita: Battle Angel, The Lego Movie 2, The Punisher season 2, Star Trek Discovery season 2, plus interviews with Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Steve Carell, Armie Hammer, and many more.
Keep reading for a breakdown of what to expect in the new issue…
Big meets Superman? The DCEU is lightening up with Shazam!, the freshest comic-book movie in years. Total Film does a superhero landing on the Toronto set to find out why this could be the best DC movie since Wonder Woman…
Read more: Shazam faces off against big bad Doctor Sivana in exclusive new images from the DCEU's next superhero film
Alita: Battle Angel
Robert Rodriguez. James Cameron. A Japanese manga. And the most photo-real CG-character ever. Alita: Battle Angel looks set to be the most ambitious science-fiction film this year. Total Film heads to the Austin set to get cyber punk’d.
Read more: Take an explosive new look at Alita: Battle Angel in action with these exclusive new images
In recent years Armie Hammer has ditched leading roles for more interesting indies, and as a result his career has soared. Here he talks to Total Film about fame, Twitter spats and that Call Me by Your Name sequel.
Read more: The most anticipated upcoming movies of 2019 and beyond
The Lego Movie 2
Director Mike Mitchell talks Total Film through the process of building the blockbusting sequel, brick-by-brick. From superhero cameos to alien invaders, this is everything you need to know about The Second Part.
Read more: The Lego Movie review: "Ridiculously funny and meticulously detailed"
Mary Queen of Scots
In Mary Queen of Scots, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are vying for supremacy; in real life they’ve both negotiated stratospheric rises and bold career choices. Total Film meets two of Hollywood’s smartest players.
The Kid Who Would Be King
In the news section, Total Film talks to Attack the Block director Joe Cornish about his new schoolyard take on the Arthurian legend. Plus, Men in Black: International, Liam Neeson, Pedro Pascal, Fighting With my Family, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and much more.
Read more: The first Men in Black International trailer reunites Thor and Valkyrie as alien-wrangling agents
100 Greatest Sci-Fi Characters
And this month, you can pick up the new issue of Total Film magazine on the newsstand with a special bookazine on the 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Characters of all Time. From Ellen Ripley to Han Solo, its an indispensable countdown. Look out for the bumper pack in stores.
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