The movie is cast. The date is set. The wheels are turning. Shazam! is on its way. We couldn’t be more excited about David F. Sandberg’s upcoming DC origin story, even though Justice League isn’t exactly getting the best reviews right now. There’s still hope for the DCEU to turn things around with this upcoming slate of standalone movies, and I really believe Shazam! will be one of the best ones in the bunch. There’s just too much talent involved for this to crash and burn, especially since the director has a strong relationship with Warner Bros., an important point to make in the age of studio cuts.
Recently, Zachary Levi was asked about Shazam! during an interview with KTLA 5:
Levi discussed the project, stating that “the hope is that it’s gonna feel like the movie Big, but with super powers.” Levi is, of course, referring to the 1988 film that saw the main character magically transformed into an adult. “You’re gonna have the heart of that kind of Tom Hanks of the kid in you,” he continued.
As a director, Sandberg has a knack for getting the most out of child actors, with movies like Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation working mostly because of the young actors involved. There’s no doubt that Sandberg will know exactly how to execute a movie like Shazam!, which requires a lighter tone than most DC movies while still functioning as a credibly awesome action flick. At the beginning of the interview, Levi was asked a few questions about how he’s dealt with the casting
“I’m honored and greatly humbled to be a part of it. It’s insane. These superhero roles, they come around very seldom and to be somebody who’s blessed enough to get to pull that brass ring and to go have a franchise, a tentpole, it’s insane.”
“It’s just one of those things where you can’t look at that as being a bad thing. If you’re looking at that as a bad thing, then you need to go do a lot more therapy.”
You can check out the full interview below:
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Mark your calendars for the release of Shazam! on April 5th, 2019!
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