While it was reported back in November that Annabella: Creation star Grace Fulton would be reuniting with director David F. Sandberg in DC Comic’s upcoming film Shazam! today it was revealed which member of the Shazam Family the young actress would be portraying.
Fulton took to her personal Instagram today to share her excitement for joining the upcoming DC Comic movie by posing with a copy of Shazam #7 from 1973. Most importantly, it was revealed by the Shazam! director on his Instagram that the actress would be playing the role of Mary Batson, better known to many as Mary Marvel. You can check out the post for yourself below.
The actress joins Disney star Asher Angel is on board as the young Billy Batson, with Zachary Levi playing the titular superhero and Dylan Grazer asFreddy Freedman. Mark Strong is in talks for the role of the villainous Doctor Sivana, a frequent foe of Shazam who first appeared opposite the superhero in the pages of Whiz Comics back in 1940.
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.
Shazam! is expected to hit theaters in April 2019.
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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.