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

Tomas Mccoy
October 29, 2017

Commentary: I have to admit, if you asked me to list every possible actor I thought could play Shazam, I doubt Zachary Levi would show up on that list.

Based on book sales, the character was the most popular superhero of the 1940s, outselling even Superman. It also didn't take long for Levi to express his gratitude to the fan community as well as his appreciation for DC as a whole.

Shazam is an acronym of the ancient world gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury, from whom the young boy gets his superhero powers. He debuted in 1940 as Captain Marvel, headlining Fawcett Comics' Whiz Comics.

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).

Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke wrote the screenplay adaptation, which is being produced by Peter Safran. David F. Sandberg ("Lights Out") will direct the film for New Line. Executive producer Toby Emmerich said this film will be set on the DCEU earth, but it will have a tone unto itself and be completely independent. Sandberg confirmed the film's April 2019 release on Reddit. Warner Bros. also has plans for a Flash standalone film, a Batgirl film from Joss Whedon, and a sequel to last year's Suicide Squad.

Earlier this year, it was announced that New Line and DC had made a decision to split Shazam into two separate films in order to give Dwayne Johnson's character, Black Adam, his own solo film following a meeting with DC's Geoff Johns.

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