The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Zachary Levi is set to play the titular role in the upcoming DC film Shazam!
Plot details on Shazam! remain under wraps. with the only confirmed information regarding the New Line Cinema project 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.
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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.