Shazam Begins Filming; Reveals Official Plot Synopsis
DC Films' new movie is shooting and has released plot details!
Plot Synopsis For Shazam Released!
Today, New Line and DC Entertainment revealed the plot synopsis for their upcoming film Shazam! The synopsis reads: “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).”
David F. Sandberg directes the film which stars Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, IT breakout Jack Dylan Grazer as Billy’s best friend and “ultimate superhero enthusiast,” alongside Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Ron Cephas Jones as the Wizard. The film reunites Sandberg with his Annabelle: Creation creative team, including DOP Maxime Alexandre, production designer Jennifer Spence, editor Michel Aller, and costume designer Leah Butler. Peter Safran (Aquaman) is the producer with Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are serving as executive producers. The press release describes the hero as “firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone,” and indeed, it will be interesting to see what the film brings to the catalogue of DC movies and how it fits in with the existing cinematic universe. It’s worth noting that the film comes from New Line, a branch of Warner Bros., not Warner Bros. proper, which suggests a shakeup from the DC movies we’ve seen in the last few years. We’ll see how it all comes together when Shazam! hits theaters on April 5, 2019.