The DC Cinematic Universe grew a little larger this week with the casting of Zachary Levi as Shazam in the upcoming Shazam! movie. Confirmed to open on April 5, 2019, Shazam! will be the next DC film to go into production, ahead of Suicide Squad 2, Flashpoint, and Joss Whedon's Batgirl. Warner Bros. and DC Films are clearly prioritizing Earth's Mightiest Mortal, but there's still a lot we don't know about this project and what to expect from what could be DC's oddest film.
The character and world of Shazam is markedly different from everything else DC Films has produced by far. Wonder Woman is the most "out there" movie they've attempted so far, but it's not like that character was a small boy transforming into an adult hero because a wizard told him a secret word. As such, we have a lot of questions about how the studio is going to tackle this one, but these are the six major points that we want to address about Shazam!
Was Casting Zachary Levi The Right Call?
Let's start with the news that re-sparked our interest in Shazam!: the casting of Zachary Levi. Perhaps best known for starring on the TV show Chuck, this is a huge step for Levi, who has formally mostly done TV and minor film roles. Admittedly, it's a bit tough to see him as a superhero of this type. Shazam is supposed to be what a child envisions a superhero to be, which is why he's such a square-jawed "aw shucks" type. However, Levi can mostly fix that by bulking up in the gym, and really, the most important thing to nail is the child-like enthusiasm and attitude, which is where a lot of Levi's strength comes from anyway.
Will It Be An Origin Story?
It's pretty customary that a new movie introducing a superhero will be an origin story. Literally almost every major superhero franchise has one (some even more than that) origin story, so is that the route that they'll go with the Shazam! movie? He's not exactly a household name, and he's one of the oddest comic characters out there, so it seems like an origin story will be pretty necessary. However, DC could opt to skip the origin if they wanted to and just throw audiences head first into a world of magic and transforming boys. DC hasn't been building their cinematic universe quite like Marvel has, so they could certainly still choose the uncommon route.