DC casts Zachary Levi as its newest superhero

by Luis Castro October 29, 2017, 1:52
DC casts Zachary Levi as its newest superhero

Shazam! is one of the oldest titles in superhero comics, debuting as part of Fawcett Comics in 1939 before the title and character were acquired by DC Comics in 1972.

Chuck star Zachary Levi has been cast as Shazam! in Warner Bros.' upcoming eponymous film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) will direct Shazam which is the next DC film to go into production early next year.

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The New Line studio is also working on a movie on Black Adam, a frequent Shazam villain.

The movie will be a big career leap for Zachary Levi who is yet to make his mark as a solo hero.

Some interesting names were rumoured to have been on the shortlist including Armie Hammer, John Cena, Billy Magnussen, Derek Theler (star of the sitcom Baby Daddy), Zane Holtz (From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) and Jake McDorman (Limitless TV series).

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Given that Captain Marvel is essentially Superman with a different haircut, Shazam may need all the help it can get. The magic word is an acronym of the names of various gods from which he derives his power - Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. DC later officially renamed the character "Shazam" when relaunching its comic book properties in 2011.

Shazam! now has a 3.55 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating, making it the twentieth most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com users.

Fan artist BossLogic, meanwhile, has shared a first look at what Levi as Shazam could look like. No release date has been set, but 2019 is likely.

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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.

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