Credit to DC and Warner Brothers. Barely a day goes by where there is not some sort of twist in the tale, seeing Martin Scorsese develop a Joker origin movie before a standalone Deathstroke title with Joe Manganiello scores the green light.
Now we know that the much sought after part of Shazam! has been given to 37-year old Zachary Levi, a man who still has a presence with Marvel and the MCU via the character Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. According to THR, Levi beat out the likes of John Cena, Zane Holtz and Jake McDorman as he transitions from a television regular to a fully fledged Hollywood superstar.
No Time To Waste To Levitate Levi To Next Level
The role of Billy Batson will be divided into two actors, with the character taking on the persona of a young boy who transitions into the superhero when he scream the name "Shazam!" While this is a key acquisition for the studio, Levi won't have too much time to sit back and soak in the accolades, with the Chuck star seeing the title fast tracked within the DCEU franchise.
"Heat Vision first reported in July that Shazam! will be the next DC Cinematic Universe movie to film, ahead of the Flashpoint, Joss Whedon's Batgirl and the Suicide Squad sequel, which recently attached Accountant director Gavin O’Connor," THR say. "No release date for Shazam! is set but New Line is eying a February 2018 start in Toronto."
Director David F. Sandberg already has Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke writing the screenplay while the filmmaker reunites with Annabelle: Creation's own Peter Safran to join the project as a producer.
Morgan Plays Coy on Flashpoint Talk
Back in July during the buzz surrounding San Diego Comic-Con, The Walking Dead pair Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohan were more than happy to link themselves with the roles of Batman and Joker respectfully for Ezra Miller's standalone DCEU film Flashpoint. The duo were all smiles and since that time, there has been little said on the record about that title and the casting included.
As Morgan appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, the 51-year old wanted nothing to do with it - concerned that any remark would be spun out of context where more questions would be answered.
"I didn't say s***," he told Kimmel. "No, I don't know anything. The DC has a lot going on."
You bet it does.