By Shawn Rice
Zachary Levi knows a thing or two about the success of the Marvel films having appeared in the Thor film. Now, Levi is attached to Shazam! with DC Comics. Appearing at the Heroes & Villains convention in San Jose over the weekend, Levi spoke about his casting in Shazam! and how that film should be compared with the film’s tone of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy.
Levi explained that by having the character be a 13-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who changes into the adult hero Shazam (Levi), it allows Levi to play around with the character and follow a version more in line with the modern takes on the character as opposed to the original comic:
“James Gunn and the gang killed it. It brought so much heart and humor and I think it was kind of this dark horse that took everyone by storm. I think Shazam kind of has the possibility to do that, because Shazam is not, for all intents and purposes, it’s not Supes (Superman), it’s not Batman, it’s not Wonder Woman.
If you look at most Justice League montages or Justice League posts, Shazam is not necessarily one of the characters you put on there, except he is in the Justice League, so if we do well enough…
Shazam gets to be a fun, jovial, because he is, he’s Billy Batson, he’s 13. It’s the movie BIG but with superpowers, which I’m beyond stoked about. By the way, for those Shazam purists out there, and I know there are many of you out there, I understand that the S in his name stands for the Wisdom of Solomon, and that’s a difficult thing to believe when you’re playing the 13-year old in you who’s not as wise as Solomon.”
— Heroes & Villains (@heroesfanfest) December 4, 2017
Shazam! can certainly help broaden the DC universe into more mystical elements the same way Guardians of the Galaxy broke open the cosmos in the Marvel universe. Levi’s comparison between the two appears to be more in terms of the tone. Marvel films have always been more lighthearted and family friendly, but DC’s darker approach has not been as well received.
Shazam! will be directed by David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation), with production expected to begin February in Toronto. Along with Levi, the film will also feature Asher Angel as Billy Batson. Green Lantern’s Mark Strong is also in talks to play the film’s main villain, Thaddeus Sivana a.k.a. Doctor Sivana. Shazam! is divided into two films, the second of which will focus on Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. As such, Black Adam will not be appearing in Shazam! but in the near future.
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