Last week it was announced that Zachary Levi was cast as the adult-bodied version of Captain Marvel/Shazam! (depending on what DC calls the character) in the forthcoming Shazam! movie. Since then, we’ve been trying to figure out who would play young Billy Batson in the film. And while we speculated it would be one of the kids from Stranger Things in last night’s podcast, it turns out we were super wrong.
It’s now been announced that actor Asher Angel will take on the role of Billy Batson. People may know Angel from playing Jonah Beck on the Disney Channel’s Andi Mack. I mean, I’m just sort of assuming people would know him from that. I was born in the 80s and don’t have kids — so the last thing I watched on the Disney channel was probably Kids Incorporated.
I’ll let you google that yourself.
Mark Strong is reportedly in talks to play the bad guy, but that casting isn’t for certain. Peter Safran is producing the Shazam! movie, with David F. Sandberg directing. The film’s screenplay is by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.
Shazam is the next DC movie to go into production, so let’s see how this all works out.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we tackle Marvel’s New Warriors‘s search for a new network, give a spoiler free review of Thor: Ragnarok, contemplate Zachary Levi’s casting in Shazam!, and consider CBS All Access rebooting The Twilight Zone. We also talk about how Libya’s second annual Comic Con was shut down by an armed militia.
So yeah, things had to get a bit serious at the end.
It’s now been announced that Zachary Levi has been cast as the other Captain Marvel in DC’s upcoming Shazam! movie. Levi will of course play the “adult” that child Billy Batson transforms into when she says the magic word. Of course, whether that character will retain the “Captain Marvel” name or just go by “Shazam!” remains to be seen.
Levi is, of course, best known for his starring role in the television series Chuck, as well as his parts in Heroes Reborn, Tangled and (of course) Thor: The Dark World. He’s a talented performer, and has both the action and comedy chops a Shazam! movie needs.
The Shazam! movie has a screenplay (written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke) and is being produced by Peter Safran. Beyond that, we have few details about the movie as it’s still early in development.
But man, they couldn’t have done better casting (one half of) the lead.
On this episodes we celebrate Star Trek: Discovery‘s renewal, discuss Doctor Who‘s announced new companions, feel relief at the Han Solo movie finally having a title, get confused at the Settlers of Catan movie, and get elated that Constantine will get to be bisexual on Legends of Tomorrow.
Gen also went to Anime Fusion, and we discuss the differences between Wisconsin and Minnesota cons.
As Titans, the live action Teen Titans flagship television series for DC and Warner Bros forthcoming streaming service, marches towards living room screens we’ve gotten a lot of casting news. The latest in that vein is that we now have another member of the team in Beast Boy.
Deadline is reporting that actor Ryan Potter has been cast in the role. Potter is no stranger to superhero media, having previously voiced Hiro in Disney’s Big Hero 6.
Potter will star alongside Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Teagan Croft as Raven. Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly will also play the recurring characters Hawk and Dove respectively as well.
Look, I’m going to be straight with you here — I really want to like the upcoming Justice League movie, but I can’t help but be super skeptical about it. So with yet another trailer dropping this last weekend, all I could say was “huh.” I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am totally seeing this movie in theaters. Wonder Woman build enough goodwill for the DCEU for me to give it another shot.
But I’m not bouncing around in my seat or anything.
The latest trailer seems to focus on the long shadow cast by Superman’s passing in Batman v. Superman, which falls in line with the rest of the marketing. I do hope Ben Affleck sticks around for more movies after this one, because he’s really well cast as the Dark Knight. I just want to see him play the part with some better material to work with. I guess we’ll see how this movie goes?
On this episode we discuss a couple of notable exits — Colin Trevorrow getting canned from Star Wars Episode IX and Ed Skrein quitting the Hellboy film amidst whitewashing concerns. On a similar theme, Syfy has cancelled Blood Drive and Dark Matter, and the BBC has decided to not renew Doctor Who spinoff Class. We also tackle Joss Whedon getting a screenwriting credit on Justice League, and two people were injured when chairs were thrown from a balcony at Dragon Con. We start by touching on the recent losses of Len Wein and Jerry Pournelle.
Gen’s on vacation, so it’s just Trae and Nick — but hey, video is working again!
The cast for the upcoming Titans television series keeps rounding out. The latest news is that actors Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly have been cast as superhero duo Hawk and Dove respectively.
Ritchson just came off of a run on Syfy’s recently cancelled series Blook Drive and played Raphael in the recent two live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Honestly though, fans of DC based media probably know him best for his portrayal of Aquaman on The WB/CW’s Smallville. Kelly is best known for her work on Friday Night Lights, but has also appeared on shows like Parenthood, The Path, and (my personal favorite) the short lived Fox scifi series Almost Human.
Hawk and Dove are both recurring characters, with an option to become regulars if a second season is commissioned. They join a cast that already includes Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Teagan Croft as Raven. Honestly, everything seems to be coming together well for this series… except that it’s going to be exclusive to a DC branded streaming service that no one really wants.
To say that last year’s Suicide Squad was a pretty terrible movie is to put it lightly. Frankly, in retrospect the only reason the film seemed watchable at the time is because Batman v. Superman (which had come out earlier that year) was even worse. And while Wonder Woman had seemingly reversed the tide for the DCEU, their continued prior-momentum hasn’t exactly been changed.
Because Suicide Squad 2 is still happening.
The latest news on that front is that the film now has a writer and director. Since it was decided that the first movie’s director David Ayer would not return, Warner Bros has apparently tapped Gavin O’Connor to take on both duties for the film. O’Connor is probably best known for directing The Accountant, and considering his history with the studio seems like a logical choice. Unfortunately, no matter how good he is, it’s still a Suicide Squad sequel.
Suicide Squad 2 is expected to start shooting in the latter half of 2018.
The live action Titans television series has had an interesting path to screens, but it looks like we’re actually getting progress. The latest news about the series is that we now know series lead Dick Grayson will be played by none other than actor Brenton Thwaites.
Thwaites is probably best known to audiences for his roles in movies like the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, The Giver and Maleficent. It’s unknown whether Grayson will be suiting up as “Robin” or “Nightwing,” but either way he’ll be an incarnation of the character who is no longer serving as sidekick to the caped crusader.
Thwaites joines actresses Anna Diop and Teagan Croft (who play Starfire and Raven respectively), and things are actually looking pretty good for the show so far. Too bad it’s still set to premiere on a new DC branded streaming service.