Shazam superhero movie with Zachary Levi: Release date, trailer, cast

Pretending to be a superhero is half the fun of childhood. But what if you could go from being a kid to an adult with god-worthy powers just by uttering a single word?

That’s exactly what happens in the upcoming movie Shazam. Young character Billy Batson can instantly change into an adult superhero just by yelling the word “Shazam!”

Who’s making it?

The latest film in the DC Expanded Universe is directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.

Shazam will be the first film depiction of the character since the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel, the superhero’s original name. It’s also the first full-length feature film centered around Shazam.

While the film has officially wrapped, both star Zachary Levi and director David F. Sandberg have been sharing their own Shazam tributes online.

On May 24, Levi posted to Instagram a fan-made image of Shazam slurping on a soft drink while watching fellow DC Comics superheroes Superman and Batman battle it out.

A couple of days later, Sandberg tweeted a short video mashup mixing the goofiness of Billy Batson/Shazam with the moodier movies fans are used to seeing out of the DC Comics film universe.

On July 12, Levi’s Shazam superhero costume was officially revealed online. And on July 17, fans got a closer look at Shazam and his inner teen as he blew a giant bubblegum bubble and checked his cell phone on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

The first full-length official trailer for Shazam hit during San Diego Comic-Con International 2018. Fans can watch the full panel with the cast here.

On Dec. 6,  Levi shared the official poster image on his Instagram with the caption, “Heyoo! The new poster of Shazam movie is here! And a there’s a new trailer coming in the new year.”

On Dec 9, new movie footage of the first interaction between Shazam and Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) was presented at Brazil Comic Con Experience.

In the video, Shazam acts like he is unbeatable, but villain Dr. Sivana puts him in his place by throwing him up into the sky to try to make Shazam to beg for his life.

Dr. Sivana complains Shazam acts childish, and Shazam agrees that he is indeed a kid. As he falls, Shazam screams “Superman! Superman!” and starts to float.

A comic book-inspired Shazam movie poster was also unveiled at Brazil Comic Con Experience on Dec. 5.

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