- Movie: Shazam!
- Release Date: April 5, 2019
- Cast: Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Ron Cephas Jones, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Lotta Losten
- Director: David F. Sandberg
- Writers: Henry Gayden, Darren Lemke
Asher Angel is Playing Billy Batson in Shazam!
Child actor Asher Angel, who is known for playing Andi Mack on the Disney Channel, is playing a young Billy Batson in Shazam! In the film, Batson transforms into the superhero Shazam when he exclaims the word "Shazam!". Angel snagged the role from dozens of other young actors who were vying for the gig. What's interesting is that Angel's name is also an alliteration just as the character he plays. Fitting, isn't it?
Zachary Levi is Playing Shazam/Captain Marvel in Shazam!
Chuck and Tangled star Zachary Levi is playing the superhero Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel) in Shazam! He previously played Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, which means he has some experience in comic book roles. But Levi has had to bulk up in order to play the DC superhero. Levi beat out reported frontrunners John Cena and Joshua Sasse for the title role.
Read more: What Zachary Levi Could Look Like as Shazam
Mark Strong is Playing Dr. Sivana in Shazam!
Mark Strong is playing Shazam!'s big bad, Doctor Sivana (whose name is a combination of the god Siva and the word "nirvana"). He's Shazam's archnemesis and one of the smartest people alive. Plus, he's a member of the Injustice League in the comics. Strong previously said playing Sivana in Shazam! is his opportunity to get right whatever wrongs from appearing in the much-maligned Green Lantern adaptation. However, Strong's portrayal of Sinestro in Martin Campbell's 2011 film wasn't what audiences had issues with, so he needn't worry about his "unfinished business" with DC Films.
Shazam! Also Stars Grace Fulton and Ron Cephas Jones
Additional cast members consist primarily of the Marvel/Shazam family, as well as Billy's closest friends. Ron Cephas Jones is playing the wizard Shazam, who endows Billy Batson with the powers of the seven Grecko-Roman gods/heroes: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. Grace Fulton, on the other hand, is believed to be playing Billy's sister, Mary Batson (who becomes a hero in her own right in the comics).
Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy Freeman), Ian Chen (Eugene Choi), Jovan Armand (Pedro Peña), and Faithe Herman (Darla Dudley) are all slated to play Billy's closest friends (character names in parentheses). Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans are playing Billy's and the rest of the children's foster parents, with Lotta Losten (Sandberg's wife and frequent collaborator) appearing in an undisclosed role.
Shazam Fights Dr. Sivana & Deadly Forces In Shazam!
The official Shazam! synopsis reveals Dr. Thaddeus Sivana as the film's main villain and teases Billy Batson's newfound powers, which are endowed to him by an ancient wizard. Perhaps the biggest surprise from the synopsis, though, is that Shazam! will age-up Billy from being a 10-year-old kid to 14 years old. While Shazam will be testing out his abilities throughout the film, "he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana."
There's Isn't a Shazam! Trailer Yet
There isn't a trailer for Shazam! just yet. Considering that the film entered production in late-January 2018 and is scheduled to wrap in May 2018, Warner Bros. may unveil a teaser trailer (or at least the first batch of footage) for Shazam! at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
Shazam! Has A Teaser Poster
There is a poster released for Shazam!. It's only a teaser poster, revealing the movie's logo and promoting the 2019 release date, but gives a taste of how the movie will work. A full poster with Levi isn't expected until SDCC 2018 at the earliest.
Read More: DC’s Shazam! Official Movie Logo Revealed
How Shazam! Connects to the DCEU
Shazam! does exist in Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe. Prior to the film entering pre-production, it was reported that Shazam! may exist outside the unofficially titled DCEU (a rumor exacerbated by the fact that it's being produced by New Line Cinema). Director David F. Sandberg nipped that rumor in the bud when he officially confirmed that Shazam! would be set in the DCEU in August 2017.
At the moment, though, it's unclear how the film will exactly connect to the rest of the shared universe, or if it will be a standalone story that merely takes place parallel to the other DCEU films.
Read more: Is Shazam! Set In The DCEU?
Henry Cavill May Cameo as Superman in Shazam!
Henry Cavill is rumored to have a cameo as Superman in Shazam! He has one film left on his contract with Warner Bros., and appearing in Shazam! will satisfy his obligations to the role. However, it's possible that he may only cameo in the film and not have a major role, which would then allow him to star in at least one more DC film as the Last Son of Krypton without re-upping his contract.
David F. Sandberg is Directing Shazam!
Horror filmmaker David F. Sandberg is directing Shazam! for New Line Cinema. Sandberg started out making short films, and the studio gave him a shot at the big leagues with a feature adaptation of his short film, Lights Out. He followed up his success with Annabelle: Creation in 2017 and is now making the jump to superhero comedy with Shazam! in 2019.
Henry Gayden & Darren Lemke Wrote Shazam!'s Script
New Line Cinema has been trying to adapt Shazam! since the early 2000s. The film went through multiple drafts from the likes of Joel Cohen, Peter Segal, and John August, before landing with Goosebumps scribe Darren Lemke, who wrote the film's current screenplay in 2014. Earth to Echo screenwriter Henry Gayden boarded Shazam! in January 2017 to rewrite Lemke's draft, which is now the final script that's being used in production.
Read more: DC’s Shazam! Movie Officially Starts Filming
Shazam! Will Be Funny, But Not Joke-y
Shazam! is going to be the DCEU's most lighthearted movie yet, with lots of situational humor. But the movie won't be filled with "quippy one-liners" according to Sandberg. There will be a balance between humor and seriousness to give audiences an accurate take on the character.
Dwayne Johnson Won't Appear as Black Adam in Shazam!
Dwayne Johnson officially joined the DCEU as Black Adam in 2014. He was expected to appear in Shazam! as the big bad, but DC Films co-chief Geoff Johns stated in July 2017 that Black Adam won't be starring in Shazam! Instead, Johnson will headline a solo Black Adam movie before facing off against Shazam in a future film.
Read more: Dwayne Johnson Won't Be in Shazam
More Shazam! News
- Shazam Director Anticipates Inevitable Fan Backlash
- James Gunn Agrees Shazam is ‘The Original Captain Marvel’
- Zachary Levi Thinks Shazam! Could Be the DCEU’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Zachary Levi Wants Shazam! To Feature A Wonder Woman Cameo
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- Silver & Black Movie Trailer, Cast, And Updates
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- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019