Faithe Herman, the young actress from NBC’s hit drama This Is Us, has been cast in David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! movie in an unspecified role. Many are speculating that she’ll be playing one of Billy Batson’s young friends, Darla Dudley. The character was introduced as one of Batson’s foster siblings in the New 52 reboot of Shazam!, and Herman will star alongside Jack Grazer (IT) as Freddy Freeman and Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, with Asher Angel playing Billy Batson.
Of course, Herman might not be playing Darla Dudley, but the young actor’s age definitely fits the character, who’s the youngest of the bunch. Additionally, the only two of Billy’s foster family not to be officially cast are Darla Dudley and Mary Batson (aka Mary Marvel). Many thought that, when Grace Fulton joined the film, she’d be playing Mary’s younger alter ego, but Fulton’s character is supposed to be Billy’s twin sister; Fulton is 21 while Asher Angel is just 15. It’s more likely that Fulton will be playing Mary Marvel, her superhero alter ego.
Based on the casting and the decision to leave Black Adam out of the proceedings for now, I’m willing to bet that a majority of this first Shazam! movie will be about the kids acquiring their powers and becoming a team of superheroes by successfully defeating Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who will most likely be played by Mark Strong. After that, Black Adam is getting his own solo film – after potentially being introduced in Suicide Squad 2 – only to fight Shazam and his band of followers in a final third film. If that is the case, DC and Warner Bros. must have a lot of faith in both Sandberg and the character’s ability to become popular with audiences, especially after seeing how tired most DC fans are of the DC movies.
But hey, if Marvel could do it with Ant-Man, then DC shouldn’t have too much of a problem making Shazam! a hit as long as the movie’s good.
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