Shazam! star Zachary Levi sheepishly admitted to fans on Twitter his super suit in the film was padded in order to accentuate his muscles, but he encouraged them to eat healthy anyway. Released in April of this year to a number of positive reviews, Shazam was considered by many fans to be one of the more fun entries in the DC comics cinematic universe, thanks in no small part to the performances of Levi and his co-stars.
For one reason or another, the debate over whether Shazam's super suit is padded or not has been ongoing ever since the first trailers for the movie released. Although both the film's costume designers (and Screen Rant's own in-depth look at Shazam's suit) have confirmed this to be the case, either the news hasn't yet reached some fans or they refuse to believe it to be true.
Now, fans have a definitive answer from the actor himself, so perhaps the question can finally be brought to rest. Recently, Zachary Levi responded to a fan's question on Twitter, saying, "Better eat yer Wheaties" as answer to them asking, "How can I become a Shazam?" When another user brings up the past discourse surrounding the suit, stating, "I'm still salty people thought it was padding," Levi replied honestly.
I meeeaaannn…it was a liiiiiittle padded. 🤷♂️😏💪💃 https://t.co/RuxcU1ECpH— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) November 30, 2019
Although every superhero besides Christopher Reeve as Superman has required some sort of padding on film, Shazam's team did confirm Levi helped them immensely by getting into shape before shooting began. With a sequel to Shazam set to begin filming mid-2020, such preparations are probably well underway yet again, and hopefully with the truth now being out in the open for everyone to see fans will stop debating as to whether or not the actor on screen really has the proportions of a super hero.
After all of the discourse surrounding Shazam's slightly-padded suit, it will be interesting to see how fans react to The Rock's Black Adam when it releases. Although Shazam won't be featured in that film, as a former (and sometimes current) professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson already has the real-life physique most super suits in films try to convey, and to add extra padding on top of what's already there feels somewhat like overkill. Although cloth sometimes masks definition, which is something these movie-grade suits thrive on, perhaps a more skintight, less padded look would work better in this one particular case. Not to say anything poorly about Shazam's body, but after all, there is only one The Rock.