Smallville veteran Alan Ritchson is having some fun with fans on Twitter, as he suggests he would like a return trip to the DC Universe, this time in the guise of Shazam - who is scheduled to join the DC Extended Universe with a solo film directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), in 2019.
Ritchson is a well known face to DC fans. The actor portrayed Aquaman on the long running Superman prequel series Smallville. The later seasons of that show saw the development of a sort of makeshift Justice League, bringing in the likes of Green Arrow and The Flash as well. While Ritchson's Aquaman was never a major presence on Smallville, the actor has enjoyed recent success starring in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and as the surly Raphael in the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series.
It seems as though Ritchson would be game to take another stab at superheroics. When a fan pointed out that he shares an uncanny likeness to Shazam in DC Film's stock artwork, Ritchson tweeted back a tongue in cheek endorsement of the idea.
— Alan Ritchson (@alanritchson) July 31, 2017
Ritchson is obviously having some fun here, but fans are desperate for any morsel of DC casting news these days, with Shazam near the top of that list.
The story of a 12 year old homeless boy granted amazing powers by a mysterious wizard, Billy Batson can transform into an adult superhero by invoking his magic word. While he's the physical equal of Superman, Shazam still possesses the mind of an adolescent, and part of the fun of the character is watching a wide eyed kid get to live out his superhero dreams.
Rumors about the Shazam movie have been swirling for quite awhile. It was recently announced the film will go into production early next year, and that it will not feature Dwayne Johnson's iteration of Black Adam, which had been the film's only confirmed casting up to this point. Casting rumors have continued to circle Armie Hammer, though the actor has been fairly clear that DC has not approached him.
Ritchson is a solid enough actor, most notably in the Ninja Turtles films, but the role of Shazam is going to require an actor who can be as physically imposing as Henry Cavill's Superman, while also being able to emote like a charged up 12 year old. It's a unique role in the world of superhero films, and it seems unlikely Ritchson is the type of actor who'd be entrusted with such a tricky job. He might have a future in stock image modeling, though.
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- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020