The Hollywood Reporter did DC fans everywhere a solid by revealing Zachary Levi’s casting as the titular role in Shazam! on Friday. While it may have taken the wind out of David F. Sandberg’s sail a bit, that didn’t stop the director from confirming the casting on Instagram hours after the breaking news.
In his post, which you can see below, the Lights Out director kept things short and sweet with the caption: *insert lightning bolt on chest*
Depending on how much muscle Levi puts on, perhaps ThunderCats could be in his future too — until then, the reaction has been pretty positive. With actors such as Chris Pratt, Henry Cavill and Christian Bale bulking up big time to transform their bodies into that of a superhero’s, fans have become more understanding of the process that goes into casting these roles.
With Dwayne Johnson’s longtime confirmation as Black Adam, the next biggest role to be filled is Billy Batson. There’s no doubt that Levi’s casting was the most highly anticipated of the three though.
The film is being directed by Sandberg from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Production on the project is expected to kick off in February of next year.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Shazam! and the future of DC Films as we learn it.
7 Great Deathstroke Stories That Could Inspire The Movie
Now that fans know Deathstroke will be getting his own movie directed by The Raid’s Gareth Evans, it’s time for everyone to brush up on their Slade Wilson knowledge. Deathstroke is DC’s deadliest assassin and one of the smartest tacticians in the world, as well as the oldest foe of the Teen Titans. He’s even taken on the whole Bat-family single-handedly and escaped, proving just how tough of a fighter he is.
The movie will likely depict him as an anti-hero of sorts, a relatively new status for the character. Throughout most of his history Deathstroke has always been more of a self-interested fighter than a righteous man, but recently he’s developed a conscious and a desire to help people in DC Rebirth. He was even one of the main villains in the Batman: Arkham Origins game, proving that audiences are ready for more Slade Wilson.
Hit Next to learn about seven great Deathstroke stories that could inspire the movie!