DC’s Extended Universe has become the new superhero giants in the cinematic universe with their latest Justice League movie hitting the theaters in 2017. The next DC film, Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa will hit theaters in the summer of 2019. Now it appears the studio is all set to launch SHAZAM, one of the comic’s most powerful superheroes and the only one to keep Superman in check. Shazam will be directed by David Sandberg, who is better known for his horror movies.
According to the comics, simply saying SHAZAM!, Billy aka William Joseph is able to transform into a magical flying adult superhero. Shazam is said to have the genius of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the unbreakable will of Atlas, the lightning blasts of Zeus, the power of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. But gaining the power of the gods means inheriting their enemies too.
Shazam is the protector of Fawcett City. In his secret identity, Billy is a young boy who was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name, he is struck by a magic thunderbolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of the six Gods.
Throughout his many adventures, Captain Marvel as he was previously known, has fought countless enemies. His arch-rivals include Doctor Sivana, Black Adam, and Mister Mind. However, he has also earned many allies, namely Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr who form the Marvel Family.
The character will be played by Zachary Levi, who is also known to excel in the comic genre and has worked extensively in films and TV shows. DCEU has been criticised for being too dark as compared to the lighter Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wonder Woman and now Justice League are the only films that had an optimistic tone.
As of now, the official synopsis of the film says, “We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still, a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).”