DC/WB’s Shazam film has been a very quiet production. Sure there have been paparazzi shots of the set, sure people have bitched that the costume looks like really good cosplay, but for most part, radio silence. Maybe it’s fans lack of faith and enthusiasm in the DC Films brand after being burnt by Justice League.
Maybe with Aquaman and Shazam, the brand can rebound.
Today brings us our first look at actor Zachary Levi as the title character, Shazam.
Per Screen Rant:
The movie – directed by horror filmmaker David F. Sandberg and based on a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke – stars Levi as the eponymous superhero and Asher Angel as his young counterpart, Billy Batson, with Mark Strong playing the titular villain, Doctor Sivana, and Ron Cephas Jones playing the ancient wizard, Shazam, who gifts Batson his superpowers.
Shazam! started filming in February 2018 and is slated to hit theaters next April. While it’s still quite a ways away from releasing, that doesn’t mean the film’s marketing team can’t at least reveal the first look at the movie, particularly what Levi looks like in costume. Sandberg previously mentioned that if photos of the costume had leaked while they were filming outdoors, then Warner Bros. would release the official look right then and there. Luckily for them, though, no one leaked Levi’s Shazam! costume right away. But now, multiple set photos and videos have leaked since that initial photo, which showcased Levi’s Shazam costume in great deal – and from multiple angles. While it seems pointless to release the first look now, Levi has gone ahead and done so… finally, which means a full reveal isn’t too far behind.
Overall, it seems that the costume’s design is quite accurate to the comic book source material and appears to be inspired primarily by Shazam’s New 52 incarnation as well as designs from legendary comic book artist Alex Ross. What’s interesting is that many DCEU costumes appear to take inspiration from Ross’ creations. After all, the official Justice League poster itself was inspired by Ross’ iconic poster, “The Original Seven,” so it makes sense that Warner Bros. would continue that trend with Levi’s Shazam, even though the character isn’t always depicted as a core League member. Now that the “first look” at Shazam! is out, fans should expect to see an official image sooner rather than later and then possibly a teaser trailer later this summer.