With Justice League failing at the box office and much uncertainty about the direction of the DC universe, DC fans haven’t exactly had as happy a time as those of rivals Marvel. But there’s plenty to look forward to, with Aquaman arriving in November and Shazam following in April. We now have a first official look at star Zachary Levi in costume.
To be strictly accurate, it’s a picture of Levi standing in front of the Shazam poster, which the actor posted on Instagram. The poster was revealed at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas and features Shazam enjoying a big soft drink, which supports director David F. Sandberg’s earlier statements that the movie will have a more lighthearted tone than many of DC’s movies. Check it out below:
Shazam also stars Asher Angel as the character’s young alter ego, Billy Batson, and Mark Strong as the evil Doctor Sivana. The cast also includes Adam Brody (The OC, CHiPS), Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation), and Ross Butler (13 Reasons Why), and it hits theaters on April 5, 2019. A synopsis was released back in February.
In terms of future DC movies, Wonder Woman 2 arrives in November 2019. Beyond that, it was recently reported that the much-rumored Birds of Prey film was moving ahead and could start production in late 2018 or early 2019. The film will see Margot Robbie reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn, and has been described by the actress as an “R-rated girl gang film.”
DC also recently announced new streaming service DC Universe, which launches later this year. The service will feature an animated Harley Quinn show, as well an animated Young Justice series, plus live-action Titans and Swamp Thing shows.