Zachary Levi Shazam Fan Art

Zachary Levi Shazam Fan Art

Levi is already used to playing superhero roles as he appeared as Fandral - one of Marvel's Warriors Three - in "Thor: The Dark World" and "Thor: Ragnarok".

Zachary Levi has primarily been known for comedic roles, such as his work in NBC's Chuck. Shazam! is now set for a April 5, 2019 release with David F. Sandberg of Annabelle: Creation being rumored to direct.

The new DC movie is being developed jointly with a film centering on Shazam! villain Black Adam, to be played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Not only is this a much more significant role in terms of comic book movies, but Levi is now going to have the honor of being known as "Earth's mightiest mortal". "One such film on the docket is "#Shazam", which recently found its leading man.

Some interesting names were rumoured to have been on the shortlist including Armie Hammer, John Cena, Billy Magnussen, Derek Theler (star of the sitcom Baby Daddy), Zane Holtz (From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) and Jake McDorman (Limitless TV series). The name is an acronym of the ancient gods and historical figures Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, from whom Batson derives his heroic attributes from when in adult form.

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What do you make of Zachary Levi as Shazam? He just lacks the barrel-chested looks of the comic character.

Created in 1939 by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, Shazam first appeared in Fawcett Comics' Whiz Comics #2.

Shazam is expected to open in theaters in 2019. However, it has now been confirmed that he will not feature in the Shazam movie.

As Marvel topples the worldwide box-office and fan expectations with successful movie after successful movie, the DC Extended Universe is trying hard to catch up.