Warner Bros. is rolling into 2019 on a wave (no pun intended) of positive momentum coming off the surprising billion-dollar success of Aquaman, proving that the demise of the much-maligned comic book universe was greatly exaggerated. Now the studio’s touting a new AND protracted release schedule that is being led by Shazam! directed by David F. Sanberg, and led with strong performances by Zachary Levi and Mark Strong, as well as a lively cast of child actors like Asher Angel.

Shazam! is a gamble for a cinematic universe—the character is a deep cut for most audiences and it introduces a lot of otherworldly concepts—but it pays off. Sanberg’s horror chops are expanded as he manages to create a strong family story that expertly weaves in some truly exhilarating action sequences that even rival some of the best superhero movies of the last few years. Shazam! is a home run for DC, and a crucial step in the studio winning fans back. These are the reasons you’ll want to check this movie out ASAP.