The search is done for the titular character in DC’s upcoming film, Shazam. According to Variety, Zachary Levi will be playing the superhero in Lights Out director David F. Sandberg’s adaptation.
Shazam follows a boy named Billy Batson who has the ability to transform into the adult superhero known as Shazam — now played by Levi. One big actor who was rumored to be in talks for the role was John Cena, and while he would have been an interesting fit, it sounds like that never panned out.
We’re not sure what to think of this casting decision. From a personality and acting perspective, Levi is actually quite an inspired choice. Our only criticism comes from his appearance. When one thinks of Shazam, one tends to think of big, pro-wrestler-type muscles, and that’s likely not what you think of when you think of Levi. But of course, that’s an obstacle that can be overcome with a lot of elbow grease from Levi, and a very strict diet. With the film likely shooting around March or so of next year, he has a few months to build himself up.
DC Films is still searching for their Billy Batson, and while it’s interesting to see Levi finally fill this long-vacant role, we’re more interested to see who’ll play this kid.
What do you think of Levi playing Shazam? Let us know down below!
Shazam hits theaters on April 19, 2019.
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