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DC's 'Shazam!' to Star Zachary Levi

29 October 2017

Washington D.C [USA], Oct. 28: Zachary Levi has been cast as 'Shazam'.

Levi portrayed Fandral of the Warriors Three in Thor: The Dark World and will reprise the role in November 3's Thor: Ragnarok.

Levi's response was accompanied by a piece of fan art created by Australian artist Bosslogic, which imagines what the actor will look like suited up as Shazam.

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The character first appeared in Whiz Comics back in 1940 and was the most popular superhero of that decade, outselling even Superman.

Shazam (also known as Captain Marvel, although you can see why they'd avoid that name) is the superhero alter-ego of a boy called Billy Batson. It was only in 1970s that the DC banner took over the character. The hero has the powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.

Shazam is now in pre-production and is expected to start shooting in February. It has earned $303 million worldwide since it's opening in August. Levi has nabbed the role ahead of competition from the likes of John Cena, Zane Holtz, Billy Magnussen, and Jake McDorman.

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We also don't know if Levi will actually be playing a character named Captain Marvel. Shazam! is now set for a April 5, 2019 release with David F. Sandberg of Annabelle: Creation being rumored to direct. The movie is set to the most light-hearted DC film released to date. Warner Bros. also has plans for a Flash standalone film, a Batgirl film from Joss Whedon, and a sequel to last year's Suicide Squad.

Other upcoming DC Extended Universe movies include Justice League on November 17, 2017, Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on December 13, 2019, Cyborg in 2020 and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.

Sandberg, who is directing the film for New Line, tweeted a link to The Hollywood Reporter's article about the DC Comics movie casting news, but Sandberg did not comment further on it.

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DC's 'Shazam!' to Star Zachary Levi