Director, David F. Sandberg recently started the production for DC Films’ Shazam. Sandberg had celebrated its start with a BTS image posted that was to Instagram. This photo shows a clapperboard with the codename “Franklin.”
“Let’s go!” Sandberg had written in his status, and this was accompanied by a lightning bolt emoticon.
Zachary Levi will star as Shazam in this movie. The film’s hero is the alter ego of Billy Batson, who will be played by Asher Angel. Billy summons Shazam by uttering the magic word. Levi describes this movie as Big meets Superman.
“I can’t tell you much, as you can probably imagine, but what I can say is I am just out of my mind excited!” Levi said. “I get to do my version of Big, basically. It’s like Superman meets Big, and that’s just so fun. I get to be a superhero that’s excited about being a superhero, and I think that’s refreshing. It’s not glum, and like, ‘Oh, I have to save the world again.’ So I think it’s all really gravy.”
Mark Strong plays Dr. Sivana, and he has spoken about this role:
”I’m playing an evil bastard called Doctor Sivana, they are always the best characters to play, the most fun,” Strong said. “I was Sinestro in Green Lantern, which I thought was a rather good film, but it didn’t do what they wanted. So I feel like I’ve got unfinished business in the DC world. I played a pretty evil character in that, and he was meant to get even worse in the second one but that never happened, but I think I’m going to get the chance to do that in Shazam!, I hope so.”
Shazam has 3.7/5 ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating, and this makes the movie the 16th most anticipated upcoming comic book movie.
Shazam will release on April 5, 2019.
Other upcoming DCEU movies are Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps.