‘Shazam!’: Zachary Levi Already Training For Superhero Role

zachary levi-shazamWith today’s surprise announcement that Chuck alum Zachary Levi has been cast as Shazam, many fans were quick to point out that the actor is not quite the muscular superhero that they have come to expect from the comics.

Indeed, while Levi is not as bulked up as some of the other actors floated for the role, it appears he is already attempting to rectify that. Eric Blackmon tweeted out tonight that he and Levi worked out for four hours as the actor is wasting no time getting into fighting shape.

You can check out Blackmon’s tweet below:

Plot details on Shazam! remain under wraps with the only confirmed information regarding the New Line Cinema production produced in conjunction with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment being that it will not feature Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) as the villain.

The film is being directed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Production on the project is expected to kick off in February of next year.

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.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Shazam! and the future of DC Films as we learn it.

Source: Twitter

7 Great Deathstroke Stories That Could Inspire The Movie

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DeathstrokeNow 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!

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Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

Heroic Hollywood Weekend Editor. Pop culture fanatic, writer, and filmmaker. Almost always found on Twitter.

  • “Shazam himself is the alter-ego of the aforementioned teenage Billy Batson who has the ability to say the word “Shazam…”

    Jeez man, you can’t say “aforementioned” if you NEVER mentioned it previously. That’s the whole point. Did you proof read what you wrote, if you had, you’d have seen that “Billy Batson” was never mentioned before that sentence. Just a heads up.

    Grammar 101 my friend.

    • Peter James


      On HeroicHollywood?????


      Oh, you sad, sad….poor soul.

      What kind of place do you think this is?
      Some kind of respectable outfit where they actually give a professional damn about their work?

    • Vegas82

      It’s not even really grammar. Just a misused word.

      • Peter James

        Not to pick nits, but misusing words IS part of poor grammar and usage.

        But your point is well taken.