David F. Sandburg and the rest of the Shazam! cast and crew are gearing up to film the next movie in the DCEU. While the film is supposed to be set in Philadelphia, PA, the team will be filming primarily in Toronto, which is pretty normal for most films. What’s not familiar is the synopsis for Billy Batson (Asher Angel) and his God-like counterpart, Shazam!.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
Shazam! stars Zachary Levi (Chuck) as the title character, Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”)as Billy Batson, Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”) as the Wizard.
Shazam! was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck in the 1940s edition of Whiz Comics. Its first live-action, feature film is slated to release April 5, 2019!