If you’re hankering to know how DC will follow up Aquaman with a superhero whose superpowers are basically that of Tom Hanks in Big, then San Diego Comic-Con had what you need.
The Shazam! panel kept the WB train rolling on, with Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, and director David F. Sandberg in attendance. Levi started things off by saying, "This is complete wish fulfillment. This is 14-year-old me wanting to put on spandex and a cape and fly around...I get to bring to life a character that I know is near and dear to a lot of people."
His enthusiasm seemed to be shared by the crowd, and it only grew as the trailer was shown, which can be seen right here:
Sandberg pointed out that they auditioned over 100 people for the lead role, but when he saw Levi's tape, he thought "this guy's perfect." He thought that he seemed like a big kid, which is certainly evidenced in the trailer footage. The movie seems like it will take advantage of Levi's comedic skills, and manage to be a bit meta at the same time.
When a child in the audience asked Levi what it's like to "play a superhero who's so childish," Levi had the perfect response, saying, "There are very few characters who are honestly super-stoked to have powers and the responsibility that comes with those powers. But Billy Batson is jazzed to have those powers."
That alone should set Billy "Shazam" Batson aside from the rest of the brooders in the DCEU. The audience at the panel loved the trailer, and they loved Levi.
We don't have any hints yet about how The Rock’s Black Adam fits into the universe (and he likely won't at this point, barring a potential surprise post-credit scene), but color us intrigued for the brightly-costumed hero’s exploits. Shazam! leaps into theaters on April 5, 2019.
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