Zachary Levi Chugs a Soda in First Official 'Shazam!' Photo

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2018

Upon meeting the young Billy Batson, the Wizard explains that he's been fighting evil with the powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury (S.H.A.Z.A.M. Get it?) for 3,000 years and now must pass those powers on to a new hero.

At one point, the rumor mill churned out reports that This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones was the top pick to score the part, but, as EW points out, Jones didn't end up boarding the film due to scheduling conflicts.

This is just an absolutely ideal first official photo as it captures the essence of Shazam and the true boy at heart that he is. Asher Angel plays the boy, while Chuck star Levi plays the adult Shazam, seen here alongside Billy's best friend Freddy Feeman, played by It breakout Jack Dylan Grazer. Who hasn't done that before? I don't know if [the suit is] insane big if you look at some of the others - look at Batman.

"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", Sandberg said of the suit.

"I don't know if [the suit is] insane big if you look at some of the others - look at Batman", Sandberg says, in relation to Levi's newly buff stature. Levi told EW, "I don't know if [the suit is] insane big if you look at some of the others - look at Batman".

DC Films and Warner Bros. may still be figuring out how to reconfigure their corner of the comic book movie market (say, by making two Joker films at the same time), but some things were already well in motion before the restructuring.

The 2019 spinoff stars boy wonder Billy Batson (Disney Channel star Angel Asher), who one day encounters a unusual and mysterious wizard (Djimon Hounsou) while riding the subway. He determines that Billy is to be the successor to his powers and reveals what they entail and that you activate them by saying, "SHAZAM!". Now, one fan has altered the photo to imagine what Shazam! might look like it matched the aesthetics of Snyder's DC Extended Universe films.

The film is expected to be released on April 5, 2019.

What do you think of the new suit and the brief origin story?

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