Zachary Levi Comments On Shazam: Is In Training For The Role

Erica Roy
October 29, 2017

Shazam!'s lead has been cast, and it's Zachary Levi, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While we know Brie Larson is playing Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel for her eponymous film, we didn't know who would play the DC Comics version of the character in the proposed Shazam! movie, one of the many DC movies in development.

Shazam! will be directed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) and will follow Billy Batson, who turns into the titular superhero by saying "shazam". It also didn't take long for Levi to express his gratitude to the fan community as well as his appreciation for DC as a whole. The adult Billy Batson pulls inspiration from the ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury-which make up the Shazam acryonym.

Shazam is now in pre-production and is expected to start shooting in February. The $15 million horror sequel has earned a big $303 million worldwide since opening in August. Several other actors had been considered for the role including WWE superstar John Cena.

As a result, DC Comics was forced to publish their Captain Marvel books under the title Shazam!

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Shazam first appeared in 1939, when he was known by the name Captain Marvel.

Sandberg is directing the film with script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. He recently confirmed that the target release date for the film is April 2019.

Shazam! is due to start production in February of 2018 ahead of the DCEU Flashpoint feature.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was previously announced in the role of Shazam's nemesis Black Adam and is set to appear in a spinoff movie focusing on that character.

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