The DCEU continues to expand with the addition of each new hero. Kicking off with Henry Cavill's Superman in Man of Steel, we have slowly but surely seen a boom of eclectic new personalities kick some serious ass in their iconic outfits. Now Chuck's Zachary Levi is the next actor set to join the DCEU as Billy Batson a.k.a Shazam, and fans have already begun to wonder what he could look like as the child hero. To help that visualization come to life, Boss Logic has released a mockup of Levi as Captain Marvel, and he seems utterly electric. Check it out below.
There's no way of knowing if the real Zachary Levi Shazam will look like this in David F. Sandberg's solo movie, but it's hard to deny that this is a pretty great look. We have never seen a live-action version of the Shazam suit before, so this idea of making it look a bit more tactical in nature seems like a logical jump for what the DCEU has aimed for in the creation of its suits so far -- it definitely invokes the style of Ben Affleck's Batman suit or Ezra Miller's Flash get-up. If the folks at DC are looking for inspiration in the creation of the Shazam suit, this picture would be a pretty great place to start looking.
Although he's arguably less well-known to mainstream audiences than someone like Batman, Wonder Woman, or Superman, Shazam is one of DC's oldest and most iconic heroes. Real name Billy Batson, he is a young child who eventually finds himself endowed with the abilities of a powerful wizard when he utters the word "Shazam," itself an acronym for the nature of his various powers. Much of Billy's core appeal as a hero is the idea of an innocent child stuck in the body of a hulking man, and given Zachary Levi's proven comedy chops, there's already a good case to be made that he's well-suited for the role. The fact that he looks like a badass is just icing on the cake.
The introduction of Shazam into the DCEU is also going to be vital, because he's one of the DC heroes with the least amount of grounding in reality. With powers rooted firmly in the realm of magic, he can easily go toe-to-toe against Superman in a fight, and his longstanding rivalry with Black Adam (played in the DCEU by Dwayne Johnson) means that Zachary Levi's hero could go on one of the biggest and most destructive adventures in this franchise. This probably goes without saying, but we're now pretty damn excited to see what Levi brings to the table.
As of right now, David F. Sandberg's Shazam is lining up to start shooting in February, and its currently aiming to debut in theaters in April 2019. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates in the world of DC movies, and take a look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide to see everything else Hollywood has in store for the silver screen over the course of the next year.