Courtesy of New Line Cinema, new superhero movie ‘Shazam!’ has started production.
Billy Batson, doubling as Captain Marvel and hailing from DC comics, will soon hit the big screen. The new film is currently under wraps, being directed by David F. Sandberg of Annabelle: Creation fame, and produced by Peter Safran, the individual behind The Conjuring, the original Annabelle, and the upcoming Aquaman.
The film stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Captain Marvel/Billy Batson was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck in 1939. By speaking the word ‘SHAZAM’, Batson can turn into his alter-ego, adorning superhuman strength to complete feats in the name of justice. Marvel was the most popular superhero of the 1940s.
“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”) as the Wizard.
‘Shazam!’ is set to release in April of 2019.