Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got our very first official image from the upcoming DC Films superhero blockbuster Shazam!, which features Zachary Levi as the titular hero (who, if you’re unaware, is the adult alter-ego of teenager Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel) along with his pal Freddy Freeman, portrayed by Jack Dylan Grazer (It).
“I wanted to keep the shorter cape as a throwback to the original because that’s something that sets him apart from Superman or Batman,” said director David F. Sandberg with regards to the Shazam costume. “It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for.”
Sandberg also addressed past criticism of the bulky muscle suit, adding that: “I don’t know if [the suit is] crazy big if you look at some of the others — look at Batman.”
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), 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 (Mark Strong).”
Shazam will see Zachary Levi starring as the titular superhero, with Asher Angel as his young alter-ego Billy Batson, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Grace Fulton as Mary Marvel, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the Wizard, Adam Brody as Freddie Freeman, Ross Butler as Eugene Choi, D. J. Cotrona as Pedro Pena, Meagan Good as Darla Dudley, and Michelle Borth as Mary Bromfield. The film is set for release on April 5th 2019.
Image Credit: Steve Wilkie/DC Comics