Geekery: Zachary Levi is Shazam

(The guy from Chuck, the TV show.)

This guy… who has been doing a bunch of TV work and voice acting the past few years.

He’s always struck me more as an affable comedic actor. Maybe they’re going for something with an Ant-Man kind of feel? It could be perfectly fine, he could be the perfect choice…. it’s just a little out of way left field. Most folks know him as the lead actor in the hit TV series Chuck that ran from 2007-2012. He hopped into the MCU as Fandral to Volstagg in Thor: Dark World, and is reprising the role in Ragnarok.

They start filming next year with a script from Henry Gayden, possibly directed by David F. SandbergAt some point in the progression of things he has to fight The Rock, who has signed on to play Black Adam. It just feels weird and I don’t like it.

 

You?

  • Averam

    Don’t forget that at heart Shazam is a 12 year old boy, so an actor with a lighter, more comedic approach could make a pretty good fit.

    Though in the grim darkness of the DC Cinematic Universe I don’t know how that’ll fit – I hear that every time an actor smiles they cut off a toe.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      That will change after Justice League. “All grim and no fun” was Zach Snyder’s mantra.

      • euansmith

        I would feel happier about the direction this film might be heading if the villain was Mr Mind or Dr Sivana. Using Black Adam leave it too open to some heavy handed Snyder-verse grimness for my liking.

        Also, Mind or Sivana would have added some asymmetry to the power level in the story line. Adam vs SHAZAM is too even; like Superman vs Zodd. Superman versus Luthor allows for more plot beyond a big fist fight.

        Hopefully they will prove me wrong and this will be excellent.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          The Rock is going to be Black Adam, so it won’t be all bad.

          • euansmith

            There is that. Maybe Jason Statham can play Dr Sivana in the sequel 😀

        • Dennis J. Pechavar

          Also the fact that they jump to a major villain right away. It’s like Batman fighting Joker right off.

    • Levi is a decent choice for that, and I can totally see that as working. We’re on the same train of thought here, though… it’s an odd choice for DC as it is now.

      Will see how it shapes up. It’s just… odd.

      • euansmith

        I do wish we’d got to see Tim Burton’s take Superman, featuring Nicholas Cage, that got cancelled years ago. That could have been novel in all the right ways for me.

  • PrimoFederalist

    Why isn’t Shazam a woman? Now no women will watch this movie.

    • william timonen

      Youre confusing it with Marvels Captain Marvel.

      Im confused again.

      • euansmith

        Yeah, this is the original Detective Comics’ Captain Marvel whose appearance is timely, rather than Timely’s, whose Captain was America, before they became Marvel… or something.

        • william timonen

          But isnt Captain America Falcon? Or is Shazam Red Skull now?

        • Dennis J. Pechavar

          Starts banging head against wall…

    • Me

      Was this intended as a joke (it flew right over my head if so, not hard to do)?

      While a whole bunch of people around him got in on the action (twin sister, foster siblings, best friend, third cousin once removed from the homeless guy living in his back alley…), I don’t ever remember this character being a woman. Having said that, I could be wrong.

      • euansmith

        I think PrimoFederalist is riffing on the “40k Feminist” article from a week ago.

    • Mike X (Official)

      Kudos!

  • euansmith

    I really enjoyed “Chuck” and thought that Levi’s acting was a big part of the shows appeal (I didn’t realise he was under all that blonde hair in Thor). I’ll have my fingers crossed for something fun and even whimsical from the new film.

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  • Tijmen

    That will change after Justice League. “All grim and no fun” was Zach Snyder’s mantra.

  • ChubToad

    His apearance in Thor Ragnarok was as short as a fly’s fart. Now we all know why.

    • euansmith

      I wish they’d left the Warriors Three out of Ragnarok. They weren’t around for long enough to make their appearance worth while.

  • carl

    I would feel happier about the direction this film might be heading if the villain was Mr Mind or Dr Sivana. Using Black Adam leaves it too open to some heavy handed Snyder-verse grimness for my liking.Also, Mind or Sivana would have added some asymmetry to the power level in the story line. Adam vs SHAZAM is too even; like Superman vs Zodd. Superman versus Luthor allows for more plot beyond a big fist fight.Hopefully they will prove me wrong and this will be excellent.

  • Jaz

    That will change after Justice League. “All grim and no fun” was Zach Snyder’s mantra.

    • euansmith

      The Echos are strong in this comments thread.

  • SacTownBrian

    DC hasn’t made any monumental mistakes in the modern era movies. This doesn’t feel like a first either. Granted my personal bar is rather low for these movies. I expect to be entertained.

    • euansmith

      I enjoyed Wonder Woman, but “Man of Sneer” and “Moroseman vs Murderman: Dawn of Tedium” both left me cold.

      Still, each to there own, and I’m glad not everyone left the cinema feeling they’d wasted their time and money with the Snyder movies.

      • SacTownBrian

        Loved both of them but then I’ve always thought that the Mudery Frank Miller take on the DC universe was the best. There was so much fan service to those comics I was quite happy with the movies. If you watch them back to back you can also see that Snyder made one very long movie out of Superman and BvsS.

        • euansmith

          Heck, I thought he made one very long movie out of Man of Steel and a second very long movie out of Batman vs Superman 😉

          I can see that there is a place in the wider comics ecology for things like Miller’s version of Batman and all the Elseworld stories; but I think it is a poor subject for a movie.

          Comics come out every month, have a ready audience of hungry fans, are cheap to produce and need constant novelty to fill up those pages (“This month Wolverine is wearing blue!”). As a result, experimentation and pushing the envelope is a laudable approach.

          Blockbuster Tentpole Movies, on the other hand, come out once every year or two, and need to appeal to a wide audience to recoup their staggering budgets.

          As a result, I think it is perfectly acceptable for them to be conservative in their approach to characters; Superman should be noble and self sacrificing and pleasant; while Batman should be gruff and grim and scary (but not casually murderous). Superman is the light and Batman is the darkness.

          For me, the Snyder films failed to engage, basically because Clarke and Bruce were both presented as self obsessed misanthropes. There was no real difference between them.

          But, still, if you enjoyed the Snyder Films, that makes you the winner. You spent your time and money and enjoyed the experience. I, meanwhile, am off the Grumpy Cave to brood.

    • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

      Jared Leto: I think you may have to set your bar a touch higher.

      • SacTownBrian

        As a stand alone movie Suicide Squad was okay. But then I don’t look for Oscar performances in these types of movies. Just some mindless entertainment for a few hours. Bad is an Uwe Boll movie.

        • 301stFeinminsterArmoured

          SS, Man of Steel, and even the Transformers movies could be saved by fan cuts, but DoJ is irreparable. It’s just irritating how Warner Bros., et al, look for Oscar-worthy films when they greenlight these movies, but deliver overwritten, needlessly grimdark, and badly directed product. It also doesn’t help that they keep on writers/producers that refuse to understand what they’re adapting to film.