Now that New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.’ Shazam! has finally moved from its long development phase into actual production, information is being released about the Asher Angel/Zachary Levi superhero flick.
The press release from Warner Bros. includes a synopsis that reveals some plot details including the age and situation for Billy Batson and confirms the film’s villain.
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).
As noted at the end this confirms that Mark Strong is indeed playing the villain Dr. Sivana, his second shot at playing a DC Comics villain after he took a turn as Sinestro back in 2011’s Green Lantern.
In addition to the plot details, the release confirms castings for Billy’s foster siblings including Jack Dylan Grazer as Billy’s best friend Freddy Freeman, Grace Fulton as Billy’s sister Mary Batson, Faithe Herman as Darla, Ian Chen as Eugene and Jovan Armand as Pedro along with Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans as foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez and Ron Cephas Jones as the Wizard that grants Billy his powers.
While Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam won’t be appearing in the film as had originally been planned, he has his own solo film in development, the actor will still be involved as he’s set as an executive producer for the film alongside his manager and business partner Dany Garcia, Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov and Hiram Garcia.
Shazam! opens on April 5, 2019.