With Justice League finally about to hit theaters later this week, fans of the DC Extended Universe are already looking towards the future for what’s to come. Right after the highly-anticipated team up film, we will see a standalone Aquaman movie directed by James Wan coming next Christmas and in 2019, we will see Shazam!, the original Captain Marvel make his cinematic debut with Chuck star Zachary Levi as the titular hero.
When it was announced that Levi would be Shazam, the internet reacted with surprise, but excitement at the decision. Based on what David F. Sandberg’s vision for the film, Shazam! is shaping up to be one of, if not the most light-hearted and fun entries in the DCEU. Levi certainly has the charisma and comedic chops to pull the role off, and he is already hard at work getting in shape to play the alter ego of young Billy Batson (Asher Angel).
Levi appeared at the red carpet premiere of Justice League in Hollywood where he gave a quick shout-out to DCEU fans where he thanked them for their love and support of his casting. You can see Levi’s shout-out on the sixth slide of this Instagram post courtesy of DC Comics.
Levi recently expressed his gratitude for landing the role on his official Instagram. His shout-out at the Justice League premiere is the first time where he expressed his excitement on video.
Just say the word, Zachary. We’re waiting.
Shazam! will take flight on April 5, 2019. Its cast includes Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana. Grace Fulton has also been cast in an unspecified role.
Meanwhile, fans of the DCEU will finally witness the League unite on the big screen for the first time when Justice League opens in theaters on November 17.
Source: DC Comics via Instagram
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.