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Shazam! director David Sandberg explains the 'Golden Age' vibe of his costume design as first official image arrives

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Jul 11, 2018

We finally have our first official image from Shazam!, the upcoming DC Extended Universe film starring the superhero of the same name, and director David Sandberg is breaking down his hero's look.

Entertainment Weekly unveiled the image Tuesday, which you can go check out over at their website. The image features Shazam! Zachary Levi, enjoying a soda outside a convenience store with Freddy Feeman (Jack Dylan Grazer of IT fame), the fellow orphan friend of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), the kid who can transform into Shazam! The costume confirms what we've seen in images from the set and on one lone official banner for the film, but it's still nice to finally see it in such finished detail. Here is is, from EW's Instagram page.

Speaking to EW about the costume, Sandberg explained the look he was going for.

“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,” he said. “It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for.”

Indeed, there's a lot of Golden Age fun happening in the look, from the cape to the bright colors, but there are also other influence. The hood on the cape, which you can't really see in the image, is a nod to the New 52 redesign of the character, while the gauntlets are a nod to animated versions. Basically, Sandberg created a costume mash-up here, taking elements he liked from each era of Shazam! and inserting them into the film. The overall vibe, though, is definitely that of a bright, optimistic Golden Age hero.

Oh, and Sandberg also had words for any fans who are still concerned about the suit's slightly padded look. Levi has posted numerous photos on social media to prove that he got himself in great shape to play the role, but the suit still adds a little extra dimension to his frame. Sandberg acknowledges this, but doesn't think it's a problem compared to certain...other heroes.

“I don’t know if [the suit is] crazy big if you look at some of the others — look at Batman,” he said.

Shazam!, also starring Marc Strong as Doctor Sivana and Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard, hits theaters April 5, 2019.