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.
Many of our readers know that a Sandman film was in production, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to direct and possibly star. This attempt to adapt the Neil Gaiman comic has been long in the making (originally envisioned as a television series), as the source material is notoriously hard to adapt. But with Gordon-Levitt running the project (and Neil Gaiman on as an Executive Producer), most of us were pretty certain that those shepherding the film into existence would try to bring something faithful to the screen.
Things have gotten a whole lot less certain over the weekend though. You see, Warner Bros shifted the film to their New Line subsidiary, and apparently things have been rocky. After not seeing eye with the studio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has left Sandman.
Gordon-Levitt posted the following to his Facebook page:
Neil Gaiman took to twitter to compliment Gordon-Levitt, saying he respects the actor and director.
While it’s nice to know that Neil Gaiman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get along, it’s kind of a bad sign for the future of the movie. If what New Line wants to do with the film isn’t faithful to the source material, we may end up with a Sandman in name only.
And that would kind of suck.
For those of you who don’t know, Rampage was a classic Midway arcade game where you played a giant monster that had to completely destroy a city. It was multiplayer, where one player was a totally-not-Godzilla Giant Lizard, another was a totally-not-King-Kong Giant Gorilla, and a third could be a I-can’t-think-of-an-analogue Giant Wolf. I’m mostly familiar with the NES version (which omitted the Wolf), but it was adapted to pretty much everything.
The point though is that games protagonists were the bad guys, and based roughly on the kaiju genre.
Well, in a baffling decision, New Line is planning to adapt Rampage into a film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
This is the most puzzling Midway video game related film news involving Dwayne Johnson since he almost starred in a Spy Hunter movie (and ended up starring in the tie in game for a movie that never existed). I mean, don’t get me wrong – I’m not against this movie happening, I’m just super confused. I mean, I’m assuming that Johnson will play the hero fighting the monsters in the end, and it will end up being like any other human POV Kaiju film — but then why even bother paying for the Rampage name?
Maybe it would keep Toho from suing?
I mean, honestly, I would love to see The Rock in a rubber Kaiju suit punching buildings to the ground, which would capture the irreverence of the original game more than whatever they’ll really make, but I am resigned to probably just getting an entertaining giant monster movie instead.
…but a man can dream.