Levi also plays the role of Fandral in Marvel's upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok. Also known as Captain Marvel, shazam is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The movie will be about a young boy, Billy Batson, who - when he calls the name of the wizard Shazam - becomes an adult with the powers of the ancient gods Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.
Zachary Levi has primarily been known for comedic roles, such as his work in NBC's Chuck. David F. Sandberg ("Lights Out") will direct the film for New Line. But is was Zachary Levi who won out for the coveted role. It also didn't take long for Levi to express his gratitude to the fan community as well as his appreciation for DC as a whole. Recent Shazam comics have had the character calling himself Shazam (which can be risky when saying your name also turns you back into a powerless adolescent).
Warner Bros.is looking to start filming Shazam! at the turn of the calendar year, so it is great to finally know who will be leading the film, and knowing it is in more than capable hands. The $15 million horror sequel has earned a big $303 million worldwide since opening in August. He debuted in 1940 as Captain Marvel, headlining Fawcett Comics' Whiz Comics.
"Honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the DC universe by bringing the original Captain Marvel to life".
As for "Shazam", the movie was originally supposed to pit the hero against comic book foe Black Adam, who will be portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, but as production started to draw nearer the studio made a decision to put him in his own starring film instead. The role will be played by Dwayne Johnson.