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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier this week, a photo hit Reddit, and in it, we saw what very well could have been Zachary Levi sporting a comic-book-accurate Shazam costume for the upcoming DC film, Shazam!

But was it legit? In the piece, I mentioned the possibility of it being a fake, but between the legit-looking film equipment and the inability for the cameraman to snag a photo of the front without being caught, it all felt too real.

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Taking to Instagram for a Q&A (via ComicBookMovie), Levi himself commented on the photo, saying:

“How did everyone like that Shazam pic that was online yesterday? Kinda crazy, right? That wasn’t planned, that was completely unplanned. Hopefully, we’ll be able to have a better pic at some point out there for people to see.”

So, unless I’m missing something in Levi’s statement, it sounds to me that the photo is the real McCoy, for better or worse. Personally, it looks a bit like cosplay, but it’s always difficult to judge the quality of these costumes from set photos. To me, all these costumes look like cosplay until the post-production folks go in and work their magic. However, this film has the added benefit of being a tale of child wish-fulfillment, and as such, skewing towards the campy isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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SOURCE: Zachary Levi (via ComicBookMovie)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.