First Official Photo From SHAZAM! Shows Zachary Levi as the Glorious Superhero
Finally! Warner Bros. has released the first official photo from Shazam! featuring Zachary Levi in costume. The studio really dragged their feet on releasing an official image, but here it is in all its glory and he looks great! Standing next to Shazam in the photo is Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays Billy's best friend Freddy Freeman in the film.
When coming up with the costume design for the film, director David Sandberg (Lights Out) took elements from throughout the character’s appearances in comics and animated shows. He tells EW:
"I wanted to keep the shorter cape as a throwback to the original because that’s something that sets him apart from Superman or Batman. It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for."
It looks like he succeeded. I really like how the completed design turned out. It's very fun, playful, and bright. What do you think about Shazam's costume design?
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).
Shazam! also stars Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us) as Mary; Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s Hawaii Five-O). Cooper Andrews of The Walking Dead and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez. Then there's Djimon Hounsou who was cast in the role of the 3,000-year-old sorcerer who ends up giving young Billy Batson his powers.
Shazam! will be released on April 5, 2019.