A few weeks ago it was announced that Zachary Levi, famous for his role as Chuck Bartowski, would be playing DC’s superhero, Shazam. While some were skeptical, many people, including me, were extremely excited to hear such news come about. Zachary Levi attended the San Jose Heroes & Villains Fanfest where he spoke on his hero during a panel.
Those who know who Zachary Levi is, know he is a huge nerd when it comes to the comic world. Very excitedly, he spoke on where Shazam stands within the DCEU as well as him drawing some comparisons between their franchise and Marvel’s. During his talk, he also touched on how James Gunn’s work on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is similar to the work being done on ‘Shazam!’. He stated:
James Gunn [director of Guardians of the Galaxy] and the gang killed it and it brought so much heart and humor and, yeah, I think [Guardians] was kind of like this dark horse that took everybody by storm. And I think Shazam! kind of has the possibility to do that, because Shazam! is not, for all intents and purposes, it’s not Supes, it’s not Batman, it’s not Wonder Woman, it’s not what most people– if you look at most Justice League montages or Justice League posters, Shazam is not necessarily one of the characters you put on there. Except he is in the Justice League, so!
You can really hear the excitement in playing the character which does nothing but boost the anticipation to see what he will bring to the table. His first big role was on a show called ‘Chuck’ where he played a nerdy employee for a Best Buy equivalent store but would soon become an essential asset to the C.I.A.. His humor and love for the role shines through in his performance and we can expect nothing less in ‘Shazam!’. Levi has a bright future in the DCEU and there’s a good chance we may see him in future Justice League efforts!
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– JB Baker
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‘Shazam!’ is slated to release on April 5, 2019!