Though the upcoming Shazam movie will borrow components from quite a few eras of the World’s Mightiest Mortal’s historical past, it is turn out to be clear with the castings that the New 52 period will particularly be influential. When Billy Batson was reintroduced following the New 52 period, he was despatched to stay in a gaggle house, which already included 5 children. 4 of these characters have already been solid for Shazam, and it appears like we might lastly have the fifth with the addition of This is Us‘ Faithe Herman.
In line with Comicbook.com, Faithe Herman shall be becoming a member of the Shazam solid. Though her character wasn’t recognized, it is a good wager that she’ll be enjoying Darla Dudley, the youngest member of the group house the place Billy Batson lived within the New 52. Nonetheless, Darla was first seen within the alternate Flashpoint timeline, the place Billy, Darla and the opposite 4 youngsters would say “Shazam!” and turn out to be Captain Thunder. Herman is finest recognized for enjoying Annie Pearson on That is Us, and her earlier film credit embody Bodied and the upcoming Doe.
Within the New 52 Shazam origin story, Darla Dudley was particularly desirous to have Billy Batson be a part of their household. However then Billy snapped again and advised her that they weren’t his actual household, inflicting her to cry, although she forgave him the morning after. Later after Billy had turn out to be Shazam and was battling Black Adam, he quickly shared his energy with Darla and the opposite children, turning them into Shazam-like heroes. In consequence, Darla gained superhuman pace. Darla additionally briefly appeared appeared within the animated film Justice League: Battle.
To date Shazam‘s principal solid consists of Zachary Levi because the eponymous hero, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Grace Fulton as Mary Marvel, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi and Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña. Earlier this week, it was additionally reported that The Strolling Lifeless‘s Cooper Andrews will play the foster mum or dad on the group house the place Billy lives, suggesting that Billy, Mary, Freddy, Eugene, Pedro and Darla will stay a household within the DC Prolonged Universe reasonably than simply merely be buddies on the similar college or one thing alongside these strains. Mark Strong can be in talks to play Shazam‘s principal antagonist, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Initially the plan was for Shazam to combat Black Adam on this film, however Dwayne Johnson’s iteration of the Kahdaqian foe will as an alternative seem in his personal film first, and it is also been rumored that he’ll debut in Suicide Squad 2.
Shazam does not have an official launch date but, although director David F. Sandberg expects it will likely be able to work its magic in theaters by April 2019. Maintain checking in with CinemaBlend to find out how the Huge Purple Cheese’s film is coming alongside, and remember to flick through our DC movies guide to see what else the DCEU has in growth.