Appearing at the Heroes & Villains convention in San Jose over the weekend, actor Zachary Levi has spoken about his casting in the upcoming DC Comics inspired film “Shazam” and has compared the film’s tone to that of Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Explaining it further, he says with the character being thirteen year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who changes into the adult hero Shazam (Levi), it allows Levi to play around with the character and follow a version more in line with the modern takes on the character as opposed to the original comic:
“James Gunn and the gang killed it. It brought so much heart and humor and I think it was kind of this dark horse that took everyone by storm. I think Shazam kind of has the possibility to do that, because Shazam is not, for all intents and purposes, it’s not Supes (Superman), it’s not Batman, it’s not Wonder Woman.
If you look at most Justice League montages or Justice League posts, Shazam is not necessarily one of the characters you put on there, except he is in the Justice League, so if we do well enough…
Shazam gets to be a fun, jovial, because he is, he’s Billy Batson, he’s 13. It’s the movie BIG but with superpowers, which I’m beyond stoked about. By the way, for those Shazam purists out there, and I know there are many of you out there, I understand that the S in his name stands for the Wisdom of Solomon, and that’s a difficult thing to believe when you’re playing the 13-year old in you who’s not as wise as Solomon.”
The film also stars Mark Strong as the villain Doctor Sivana. David F. Sandberg helms the film which is aiming for an April 2019 release and will shoot in Vancouver next year.
— Heroes & Villains (@heroesfanfest) December 4, 2017