In the latest rumor to emerge from the DC Extended Universe, Ross Butler, from 13 Reasons Why, is set to join next year’s Shazam film.
According the the rumor the actor is set to play the empowered adult version of Eugene Choi. The character first appeared in the event comic Flashpoint that saw the powers of Shazam split between a handful of children rather then the one. The conclusion of the story began the highly controversial reboot of the DC comic universe that was known as The New 52 where Choi became a major character in Shazam’s story.
In the New 52 universe, Choi was an orphan who was part of the same foster home as Billy Batson. The character first appeared in the Justice League by Geoff Johns book where Shazam’s story was told as part of a extra story that was attached to each issue. At the story’s climax, Choi and Billy’s other adopted brothers and sisters gained the power as well and helped him overcome Black Atom.
If this rumor is true, it gives us some idea as to what to expect from the film. Perhaps this version will see Billy Batson as an orphan. Maybe we will see the entire Marvel family battle Dr. Sivana. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Here is a plot synopsys for the film:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana.
Shazam! is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.
Source: DC Films Hub
6 Ways ‘Flashpoint’ Could Change The DC Extended Universe
Aquaman may be the next DC Extended Universe movie to hit theaters, but everyone’s eyes are already on Flashpoint. The movie, which is being heralded as an event, was originally supposed to be a low key, solo movie for the Flash, played by Ezra Miller. His high favorability with audiences made his movie a priority for the studio, but things slowly changed throughout the pre-production process.
Not only has the movie lost a few directors, but it has also been confirmed that the story will now adapt DC’s universe-altering story Flashpoint by Geoff Johns. Flashpoint is famous for launching the New 52 initiative, a new timeline for the DC Universe that saw years worth of continuity retconned. After the mess that is Justice League, perhaps Warner Bros. will use Flashpoint as an opportunity to alter a few things and set themselves up for long-term success.
Hit Next to learn about how Flashpoint could change the DC Extended Universe!