There are two DC movies currently set for release in 2019–Shazam and Wonder Woman 2. The first of these is currently in production, and the first on set image of Shazam himself has now been revealed. The image was posted on Reddit and it shows star Zachary Levi wearing the character’s classic costume. The set dressing suggests that the scene in question is set at Christmas–you can check it out here.
We might not long have to wait until we see the first official image of the character however. Last week director David F. Sandberg predicted that an on-set image might leak from the shoot, and told fans on Reddit, “if someone had managed to snap a shot of the suit last week when we were shooting outside they would have released an official pic right away. Since we got away with it they want to do more of an official thing. And it’s right around the corner.”
Shazam also stars Asher Angel as the character’s young alter ego Billy Batson, and Mark Strong as the evil Doctor Sivana. It hits theaters on April 5, 2019. Earlier this month, a synopsis was released, which confirmed Sandberg’s earlier hints that the movie will have a more lighthearted tone than many of DC’s movies.
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 case, by shouting out one word–SHAZAM!–this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam, 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 Doctor Thaddeus Sivana.”
Shazam first appeared in 1939, when he was known by the name Captain Marvel. The character was bought by DC in 1971, when he was renamed, due to Marvel’s ownership of the name Captain Marvel. A live action Shazam TV show was broadcast in the mid-’70s, while an animated show followed in 1981.