Zachary Levi to star in DC Comics' 'Shazam!' movie

29 October, 2017, 03:55 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Zach Levi Shazam

Warner Bros.is looking to start filming Shazam! at the turn of the calendar year, so it is great to finally know who will be leading the film, and knowing it is in more than capable hands.

The name is derived from the names of the ancient world gods and historical figures - Solomon (S), Hercules (H), Atlas (A), Zeus (Z), Achilles (A) and Mercury (M).

The film's synopsis: Billy Batson, a youth who works as a radio news reporter is chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. By 1991, DC had acquired all rights to the characters. He's not the only actor to be in both DC and Marvel films. David F. Sandberg ("Lights Out") will direct the film for New Line.

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Shazam first appeared in 1939, when he was known by the name Captain Marvel.

On Saturday, Levi shared a message, as well as some art imagining him as the character.

Levi isn't kidding about the gym part. I am beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world.

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What do you make of Zachary Levi as Shazam?

Exactly how much he'll bring to the DCEU remains to be seen, but with a brilliant team forming around the film and the movie acting as just one of the films slotting into proceedings, everything's looking bright for DC Films.

Levi starred in the NBC series Chuck from 2007-2012 and also provided the voice of Flynn in the 2010 Disney animated film Tangled which is a million times better than Frozen despite what every child says.

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Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke are penning the screenplay and Annabelle: Creation and Aquaman producer Peter Safran is reuniting with Sandberg.

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