Most superhero motion pictures have the identical actor play the hero whether or not they’re of their costume or not, since turning Bruce Wayne into Batman or Clark Kent into Superman merely requires placing on a masks or taking off a pair of glasses, however a enjoyable twist of DC’s Shazam is that he’s a very totally different individual when he’s not a superhero. Particularly, he’s a comparatively wimpy/goofy child named Billy Batson who doesn’t have a billion or a gradual job at a serious metropolitan newspaper. Zachary Levi has already been forged as Shazam within the upcoming Shazam! film, and now New Line and DC have discovered an actor to play the child who turns into him.
In accordance with Selection, Andi Mack’s Asher Angel will play Billy Batson, and although we don’t know any specifics in regards to the plot, it appears secure to imagine that he’ll be a standard boy who often finds himself in harmful conditions that require an grownup superhero. From there, he’ll shout the magic phrase—”Shazam!”—and he’ll rework into the muscle-bound, square-jawed hero appropriately performed by Zachary Levi. Iconic Shazam villain Black Adam in all probability gained’t seem on this film, as Dwayne Johnson is presently set to play him in a solo film, however Mark Robust is in talks to play a special villain within the Shazam! film.
Additionally, for individuals who are vaguely conversant in comedian e book nonsense however are nonetheless barely out of contact, Shazam is the hero who was once referred to as Captain Marvel lengthy earlier than Marvel Comics got here alongside and created a completely unrelated character who was additionally named Captain Marvel. Shazam was really the identify of a wizard who gave Billy Batson his powers, but additionally the identify is an anagram for the names of varied historical gods and historic figures. Most of that in all probability isn’t vital for the Shazam! film, however possibly it will come up on Jeopardy! some day.