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.
In Warner Bros Shareholders meeting today, it was revealed that Wonder Woman will be getting her own film in 2017. They announced a whole lot of other stuff too, but that’s what I locked onto. Let’s go down the list of upcoming DC films:
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
“The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
“Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
“Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
“Green Lantern” (2020)
With that last one, hopefully by 2020 we’ll all have forgotten the Ryan Reynolds film…
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about Marvels (lack of) plans for an Iron Man 4, the return of The Tick live action series, DashCon rebranding to “EmotiCon”, a Supergirl TV series being developed, the DC Carnival of Sadness being official policy, Dwayne Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch’s future with DC, and our thoughts on Geek.kon.
Oh, and Nick kept losing his connection. Podcasting is fun!
I had originally hoped he would play the Shazam/Captain Marvel character, as it would be nice to have a titular superhero character played by a person of color, but at least as the villain Johnson’s acting chops will have a chance to come out.
It will likely result in another DC Comics film where I end up relating more to the villain than the hero sadly.
Still no word on who will play young Billy Batson or his Shazam alterego, the Shazam film should hit theaters in either 2016 or 2017.
In a recent interview, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson all but confirmed he’d be playing Shazam (nee Captain Marvel) in the rumored upcoming Shazam film (which is supposedly the next film on DC’s Roadmap after “Batman v. Superman”).
Now it’s entirely possible he was implying he was playing a different part, but with a phrase as particular as “say the word” I find it unlikely.
Johnson as Shazam would be an interesting choice. He’s proven himself as a solid action star in both films serious and comedic. Even his performance in “Pain and Gain” (quite possibly the worst film I have ever had the misfortune to sit through in my life) was solid.
Who will play young Billy Batson (Shazam’s true self) is an interesting question, but Johnson may be the one person of color who could be put in the Shazam role that racists won’t whine about.