The DC Extended Universe is in the midst of great change right now. Zack Snyder is no longer the architect of this superhero-laden world, Warner Bros. has a few promising directors in the wings, and a long slate of films to get through.
One film that’s closest to getting made is David F. Sandberg’s Shazam. Up until this point, most of the DC films have had a real dark edge to them. Even Wonder Woman, a film that has a lot of hope laced throughout, has a lot of dark imagery and themes. With Shazam, the DC looks to potentially expand into more comedic territory.
For those who don’t know, Shazam is a story that follows a young orphan named Billy Batson. Billy runs into a wizard who gives him the ability to wield lightning. It also turns him into a fully grown man, and when in that form, he takes on the moniker of Shazam. It’s a rather goofy, lighthearted origin story that doesn’t seem completely at home in the DCEU, and that may very well by what’ll help set it apart from all the others.
The production has put out an open casting call to play Billy Batson, and when last we heard a couple weeks back, John Cena and Joshua Sasse were frontrunners to play Shazam himself. Perhaps that may not be the case. The folks over Omega Underground stumbled upon an audition on Vimeo from actor Parker Young. You may not recognize him, but Young is probably best known for his 10ish-episode run on Arrow as Alex Davis.
In the video — which has since been password-protected — he looks to be auditioning to play Shazam. It’s not clear where the lines are pulled from, but they seem to be very fitting of a Shazam origin story. In the video, Young is seen experimenting with his abilities, and realizing that this new body comes with a lot of promising perks.
The audition itself isn’t bad. It’s not fantastic, however, and admittedly feels a bit stiff and shallow. That being said, a lot of auditions often feel that way, and it just goes to show how little actors have to work with when auditioning. Given the right material, he could be a good fit, especially since audiences don’t already associate him with other big properties.
It’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of this audition.
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SOURCE: Parker Young (via Omega Underground)