Shazam! will have a gay superhero main character

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Shazam!—which came out last week—tells the story of Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel), a teenager who is given super powers and develops the ability to transform into an adult sized superhero by using a magic word Shazam! And one of the characters, the superhero’s stepdad Pedro, will apparently show attraction to men in the movie, as when the family is teleported to the strip club, Pedro looks skeptically at the naked women and says that it is ‘not his thing’. And even though queer Twitter users celebrated it like a true coming out, not everybody was so impressed. One fan tweeted: “I understand there’s an implied gay character in Shazam (of the “blink and you’ll miss it” school of almost-representation). I think there’s a really interesting story to be told about this particular character, so I hope it gets explored somewhere.” Shazam! director David F. Sandberg hinted that the film would feature an LGBT+ character ahead of its release. “Don’t want to put spoilers [out there] or anything… but I think you will see [a queer superhero] sooner rather than later.”

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