Earlier today, it was reported that Zachary Levi has been cast as Shazam in David F. Sandberg’s upcoming Shazam! Naturally, the internet had a few opinions about this casting choice.
So far, most fans seem to be onboard with the idea, which did come a bit out of left field. Take a look at some of the reactions below:
I like Zachary Levi. He could bring the sweetness and naivete they need for Shazam. It might could work.
— ReBecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) October 27, 2017
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 27, 2017
— Christelle (@MsChristelleGo) October 27, 2017
Wow, huge congratulations to @ZacharyLevi for scoring the lead in Shazam! Your days at the Buy More set you on the path to action hero-dom!
— Eerie Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) October 27, 2017
“DC and Warner Bros’ve finally cast Shazam!” “Excellent, excellent!!” “…it’s Zachary Levi.” pic.twitter.com/peObud9uOF
— Leonard Sultana (@lennyukdeejay) October 27, 2017
SHAZAM! Zachary Levi will play Billy Batson's alter ego. This TOTALLY fits! Look at that smile. (Art by Doc Shaner.) pic.twitter.com/24uwutpKlN
— Joshadook-dook-DOOK (@JoshuaYehl) October 27, 2017
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarciaLB) October 27, 2017
Zachary as Shazam? He does have that kid like wonder to him so I guess I can see the choice
— mikhel™ (@Mikhel_MUFC) October 27, 2017
Levi is a good call for Shazam, I guess, but I honestly think John Cena would have nailed it.
— Mike Cecchini (@wayoutstuff) October 27, 2017
— Ryan Schwartz (@RyanSchwartz) October 27, 2017
— Nathan Wallace (@NathanDWallace) October 27, 2017
— Rob (@RobCabrera) October 27, 2017
Dang it I did not care about Shazam at all but then DC has to go and pull their version of casting Paul Rudd as Ant-Man https://t.co/BNnNo3oM3I
— Lauren Thoman (@LaurenTHCW) October 27, 2017
Don't know of any ultra diehard fanboy who ever played a superhero. I think Zach is it.
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) October 27, 2017
— Thomas GHOULmeier👻 (@ThomasKuhlmeier) October 27, 2017
So Zachary Levi is actually going to be Billy Bastion, right? Dude better start lifting & drinking protein shakes if he wants to be SHAZAM!
— Ray Carsillo (@RayCarsillo) October 27, 2017
Plot details on Shazam! remain under wraps with the only confirmed information regarding the New Line Cinema production produced in conjunction with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment being that it will not feature Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) as the villain.
The film is being directed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Production on the project is expected to kick off in February of next year.
Shazam is a DC Comics character who first debuted in 1939 with the original name of Captain Marvel. Created by C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character was first published by Fawcett Comics. Shazam himself is the alter-ego of the aforementioned teenage Billy Batson who has the ability to say the word “Shazam,” and transform into an adult superhero with the power of six mythological gods after saying the word.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Shazam! and the future of DC Films as we learn it.
10 Characters Who Should Appear In The ‘Nightwing’ Movie
So Michael Cera’s appearance as Dick Grayson in The LEGO Batman Movie wasn’t enough for all you Nightwing fans, huh? Well, Warner Bros. is listening and has decided to give Heroic Hollywood’s number one sidekick his own movie. The LEGO Batman Movie helmer Chris McKay has been named the director of a Nightwing movie no one saw coming. Nightwing’s place in the DC Extended Universe is up in the air. How long ago did he quit being Robin? Are he and Batman speaking right now? Why wasn’t he mentioned in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?
While the movie will likely answer all those questions, I expect it will also serve as an introduction to a different corner of the Batman universe, similar to the upcoming Gotham City Sirens. Batman might be in it for a scene or two, but the movie will need a full supporting cast to help Nightwing appear as the kickass, sociable character he is. Bruce Wayne has got the brooding down, but former circus performer Dick Grayson knows how to have fun in a way his mentor doesn’t.
Hit Next to find out which ten characters should appear in the Nightwing movie.