Prepared for an official first have a look at Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in DC’s Shazam! film?
There have been a couple of leaked spectator photographs from the Toronto set, however under is EW.com’s unique first picture from the precise movie that comes out subsequent yr:
Right here we see orphaned 14-year-old Billy Batson, who can rework right into a grown-up superhero (Levi, who starred on NBC’s Chuck) with an array of powers by saying the magic phrase. Billy is proven on a soda run with fellow orphan Freddy Freeman (Grazer, who performed the hypochondriac Eddie in It).
To re-design the enduring superhero costume for the large display screen, director David Sandberg (Lights Out) took components from all through the character’s appearances in comics and animated exhibits.
“I needed to maintain the shorter cape as a throwback to the unique as a result of that’s one thing that units him other than Superman or Batman,” the director tells EW. “It makes him really feel a bit extra Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for.” But Shazam additionally has a hood from DC’s 2011 “New 52” relaunch, a glowing lightning bolt that may seem throughout his chest and wears the gold gauntlets from considered one of Shazam’s animated film appearances.
Levi’s muscular look within the movie has been some extent of on-line fandom curiosity. The actor critically bulked up within the health club to play the function, although like many who’ve portrayed superheroes previously additionally had a little bit of assist from the go well with itself. “I don’t know if [the suit is] loopy large if you happen to have a look at a few of the others — have a look at Batman,” Sandberg notes.
Right here’s Levi, sans go well with, displaying the results of his arduous work:
Within the movie, Billy (whose youthful model is performed by Disney Channel star Asher Angel) is assigned to a brand new foster dwelling the place he befriends comedian e-book superfan Freddy. In the future, Billy’s subway journey is interrupted by a mysterious Wizard (Djimon Hounsou) whose been looking for ages to search out the precise successor to inherit his powers. He reveals the teenager’s been chosen to achieve an assortment of talents, and all it takes is for Billy to say “SHAZAM!”
Shazam! is launched April 5, 2019, and represents an entry in an unofficial second stage of DC universe movies that features Aquaman coming Dec. 21.
Although we nonetheless haven’t seen a trailer but for Shazam!, that might change with Comedian-Con developing. Observe @jameshibberd for extra DC Leisure scoop.