Shazam! star Zachary Levi shoots down rumors of him wearing fake muscles under his suit for the upcoming DC film from David F. Sandberg.
Taking on the role of Shazam meant that Levi had to go through intense training to get into superhero shape. When the Shazam suit was first glimpsed in set photos, some believed the suit contained fake muscles. Levi later responded to critics by posting a photo in April of his superhero physique on Instagram. The actor was recently on the red carpet for Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2, where he was asked by Variety about the fake muscle rumors:
“Does this look fake to you? Come on! Gluteus maximus! I totally understand, I get it. sure why not?”
Levi was then asked about his workout regime for the DC film and the effect of being in superhero shape has had on his life:
“I have been in the gym since I got the job. I’ve been in the gym five to six days a week, eating between 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day. I Immediately put on about 24 pounds and I’m gonna carve that down by half. So, I have been hovering at about 215 pounds and I’m in the best shape of my life and stronger, happier, and healthier than I have ever been. Honestly that’s the stuff I am most ecstatic about, which is the level of health that I’ve gotten to. Mental health, emotional health, spiritual health, physical health…I am so jazzed about that and I want to keep talking about that. Particularity mental health, that is something I feel like it all coincided with the job and me really learning about self love and I can’t stop talking about it. I just feel like we are in a place, particularity now a days, where people need to be encouraged and informed on what self love is and to go and generally embrace themselves and love themselves. I’m really happy about all that.”
— Variety (@Variety) December 5, 2018
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Honsou.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
Shazam! will be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.
‘Elseworlds’ Photos Include New Look At Batwoman & The Smallville Farm
The CW has released a new batch of Elseworlds photos that offer another look at Batwoman, Lois Lane, and the Smallville farm.
The next Arrowverse crossover begins in less than one week and the CW has unveiled a new collection of stills featuring the DC heroes who will take part in the three-night event. Included in the new set of photos are more glimpses at the Smallville farm, Ruby Rose in full costume as Batwoman, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, and the main DC Trinity fighting alongside John Wesley Shipp as The Flash.
You can check out the first photo below and click “Next” to continue the gallery!
You can read the official synopsis for the first part of the crossover below!
EPIC ELSEWORLDS CROSSOVER KICKS OFF TONIGHT — When Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other, the two set off to find out what disturbed the timeline to cause such a shift. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when they present their case to Team Flash and the gang doesn’t believe them. Barry and Oliver realize they need Supergirl’s (guest star Melissa Benoist) help and travel to Smallville on Earth-38 where they end up meeting Kara’s cousin, Clark Kent (guest star Tyler Hoechlin), and intrepid reporter, Lois Lane (guest star Elizabeth Tulloch). LaMonica Garrett guest stars as The Monitor. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode written by Eric Wallace & Sam Chalsen.
The 2018 Elseworlds crossover starts with a special episode of The Flash on Sunday, December 9 and continues with Arrow on Monday, December 10. The three-night event will then conclude with Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11.
All three entries will air at 8:00 p.m. ET on their respective nights.