Disney star Asher Angel has been cast in the role of Billy Batson in the upcoming DC film Shazam!
One of the leads of Disney Channel’s Andi Mack, Angel will star as Billy Batson, the young boy who can transform into the adult superhero named Shazam!. Angel will star opposite Zachary Levi – who will portray the titular hero- with Annabelle: Creation‘s Grace Fulton set to join the cast and Mark Strong in talks play the villain Doctor Sivana.
Production on Shazam! is scheduled to begin on February 5th in Toronto with director David F. Sandberg helming the project from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemk.
Details on the film’s plot are currently unknown, though most tellings of the comic book story depict Billy Batson as an orphan child who is granted the ability to become an adult hero with godlike powers by an ancient Wizard. Shazam! will be a New Line Cinema production that will be produced in conjunction with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Shazam! as it develops.
Shazam! is expected to be released theaters in April 2019.
5 Ways To Make The ‘Shazam’ Movie Relatable & Engaging
The DC Extended Universe is set to expand to new heights in the next few years. Not only will we see the Aquaman hit the big screen this year, but we also have exciting movies like Dark Universe and Shazam! coming soon.
Shazam — a.k.a. Captain Marvel, though I doubt DC will ever call him that again — is a perfect character to bring to the big screen. The dark, gritty vibe of the DCEU works for characters like Batman or the Suicide Squad, but Shazam deserves something a bit more bright and lively.
The story of Billy Batson walking into a magical world and gaining both the powers of distinct mythical deities and the appearance of a strong adult, He-Man style, is perfect for the big screen. But, as with a lot of superheroes, the trick is making them relatable, and Shazam, with his magic and transformative powers, could be the trickiest of all.
Click the Next button and shout “Shazam” to find out the five ways I think Warner Bros. can make his movie relatable and engaging.