Why Are There No Fat Superheroes?

Lessons on body size and representation from the film “Shazam!”

Note: this essay has small spoilers for the film “Shazam”

Photo by Craig McLachlan on Unsplash

On a recent Saturday night, I searched my usual streaming services for something fun and relaxing to watch on television. A friend recommended the film Shazam! and critics agreed, so I watched. Shazam! is the story of…