‘Shazam!’ Casts Disney Star Asher Angel As Billy Batson

Asher Angel ShazamDisney 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.

Source: Variety

5 Ways To Make The ‘Shazam’ Movie Relatable & Engaging

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Shazam DC ComicsThe DC Extended Universe is set to expand to new heights in the next few years. Not only will we see the Justice League 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.

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film lover, comic book geek, political junkie and board game enthusiast.

  • captainzorikh

    There are some interesting thoughts int hte slideshow there. It is fascinatinghow times have changesd so much that what we expect from our entertainment today is so different from what is was in the previous century.

    The original Captain Marvel/ Billy Batson was a different character from what he came to be under Roy Thomas, and Jery Ordway, wnd in the New 52, for that matter. Though he was a poor orphan boy down on his luck, selling papers in the rain and sleeping in the subway, a day afer he got his powers, he got a job as a radio newscaster on Station WHIZ. From then on he was a responsible, young celebrity, reporting the news and living in a comfortable boarding house. He even had a valet for a while. As Captain MArvel he was mature and comfortable with his powers, able to pick up cars and fly faster than airplanes like it was no big deal. There was no “wonder” about it to either the hero or the boy, it was just a thing that he did.

    There was the bashfulness around girls, yes, and that was usually played for comedy, so you got that right. At times there might be a story in which Billy’s cruel uncle showed up and Billy had to deal with his past, but the rest of it, the suffering of the poor orphan, the wonder at the powers, that is all a recent development.