You can now watch young Shazam star Asher Angel shouting the magic word that turns the movie's teenage protagonist into a mighty superhero. Shazam (or, to use its full title, Shazam!) is one of the most interesting upcoming projects from Warner Bros. slate of DC Comics-based movies. Directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), the movie is about a 14 year-old kid called Billy Batson who is granted the power to turn into an adult superhero (played by Zachary Levi) when he shouts the magic word: Shazam!
Shazam is currently in production, and we've already seen some glimpses of Levi in costume on set, but today the movie's two leads took to Facebook to share a video live from the set, and answer some fan questions. One of the requests, naturally, was to hear the two of them yell Billy Batson's catchphrase - and both Angel and Levi enthusiastically obliged.
The full video is a fun watch, with Angel and Levi answering plenty of queries about their experiences making the movie, but to hear them shout "Shazam!" just skip ahead to around the 5:20 mark. One of the follow-up questions was how many times each of them have had to say "Shazam!" in scenes since production started, to which Levi responded that he's only had to say it twice, while Angel has had to say it every single day.
At the end of the video, the whole "Shazamily" is invited on camera: the kids who will be playing Billy Batson's friends and foster siblings. That's Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, and Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield. The movie's villain, an evil scientist called Doctor Sivana, will be played by Mark Strong. Here's the official synopsis:
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, 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.
Some of the recent DC movies have been more successful than others, but Shazam is easily one of the most promising upcoming projects thanks to its strong premise - which Levi compares to the classic Tom Hanks movie Big. We look forward to seeing more glimpses from the movie soon.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019