“We live in the golden age of heroic films,” t Shazam! Star Zachary Levi said during a panel discussion in WonderCon 2019 in Anaheim, California, on March 30. The 38-year-old actor plays the new version of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into that only a titular hero by saying the word “Shazam!” in the film opening this Friday.
Levi was joined by fellow stars Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and director David Sandberg at the event, where they talked about what it was like to bring a superhero DC live on screen.
Bringing more humor and heart to the DC universe
Earlier films in the DC universe were criticized by some for their dark tone, and the studio responded by using a lighter touch in recent efforts such as Aquaman. But Shazam! turns the comedy up a bit more notches.
“Fortunately, what we got was a story about a 14-year-old child who is empowered to say this word and become a super version of his own. That's going to come with more comedy, more heart, ”says Levi. Compared to previous DC films, “we are definitely more funny,” he added. “There is more comedy in it.”
Levi was similar Shazam! to marvel The Flood, in the sense that both films exist in their respective cinematic universe, but also a little apart from them. “We have this opportunity Shazam! to be in the universe but also to comment on it… we also have to take a little different on the genre in general because of the heart that we beat in the middle of the movie. ”
The actor has described the front Shazam! like DC The Galaxy Guardians.
Will Shazam play a part in future DC films?
Given that Shazam exists in the same world as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, fans wonder if they will ever get the chance to see him interact with those heroes.
Sandberg played cozyly about whether we saw Shazam and the Justice League meeting in the film. “You have to see it,” he said. (According to the Hollywood Reporter, there is a cameo of a familiar DC character at the end of the film.)
“I hope that,” added Levi. "I don't know. No one in this table has any of that information because that is above our pay scale. But I would like to bring Shazam to the Alliance. I think that would be amazing. ”
Mark Strong played another DC villain
In the film, British actor Mark Strong plays Shazam nemesis, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. This is not the first time he has played the bad man in DC. film. In 2011 Green Lantern, Thaal Sinestro portrayed. The film received negative reviews and underperformed at the box office, and plans for progression were canceled. Now, Strong enjoys his opportunity to play bad again.
“I feel like I've finally had the opportunity to carry forward my little evil through a line at the DC Universe,” says Strong. “It has taken time. I never had the opportunity with Sinestro but I feel like I'm with Dr Sivana. ”
Shazam! in theaters Friday, April 5.
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