My (not so) inner nerd rejoices at this news! For Real! A Shazam project has been in development since FOREVER, so it’s exciting to see it finally come to fruition.
Here’s something that truly surprised me recently, as a superhero – Shazam is not all that popular. Like, who knew? To me, he has always been exceedingly interesting. For one thing, he’s a kid who transforms into an adult superhero. So weird…so cool.
Here’s the official plot of the movie:
“Billy Batson, a youth who works as a radio news reporter is chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard’s name, he is instantly struck by a magic lightning bolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of six mythical figures.”
The Shazam movie will be released on the 5th of April, 2019 and will have Marvel Alum, Zachary Levi playing the titular character (way to jump ship Zach), Shazam and Disney Alum, Asher Angel playing Billy Batson.
So without further ado, here’s your Billy:
And your Shazam:
While many actors like John Cena and Jake McDorman (Limitless) were in contention for the role, Zachary Levi bagged the coveted prize. Not entirely surprising though, Zachary starred as the titular character in NBC’s spy comedy – Chuck and as the Asgardian Hero, Fandral, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So clearly, he’s got what’s needed.
Since surprisingly, Shazam is still fairly unknown, I do not understand this, there are some things people should know about him though.
For instance, even though he is not as well known as Batman, Superman, Wonderwoman, The Flash, Aquaman and the usual suspects, he actually made his comic book debut back in 1939 (the same year as Batman) and is occasionally a member of the Justice League. Get this…he used to be called Captain Marvel but that had to go because Marvel Comics also has a comic book character called Captain Marvel who also has a movie coming out in 2019 too.
In other news, a movie is also being made about one of Shazam’s most formidable foes – Black Adam, and guess what nerds? Black Adam will be played by none other than Dwayne Johnson himself…The Rock!
This universe is literally just getting cooler and cooler. I can’t wait! Good Job, DC! You’re finally getting it right.
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