At the Heroes & Villains convention in San Jose, SHAZAM! star Zachary Levi talked a bit about his new role as , Shazam. First, he talked a bit about the tone, and what to expect from the DCEU film in that regard:
James Gunn and the gang killed it. It brought so much heart and humor and I think it was kind of this dark horse that took everyone by storm. I think Shazam kind of has the possibility to do that, because Shazam is not, for all intents and purposes, it’s not Supes (Superman), it’s not Batman, it’s not Wonder Woman. If you look at most Justice League montages or Justice League posts, Shazam is not necessarily one of the characters you put on there, except he is in the Justice League, so if we do well enough…
He then talked a bit about the character himself:
Shazam gets to be a fun, jovial, because he is, he’s Billy Batson, he’s 13. It’s the movie BIG but with superpowers, which I’m beyond stoked about. By the way, for those Shazam purists out there, and I know there are many of you out there, I understand that the S in his name stands for the Wisdom of Solomon, and that’s a difficult thing to believe when you’re playing the 13-year old in you who’s not as wise as Solomon.
— Heroes & Villains (@heroesfanfest) December 4, 2017
The name “SHAZAM” is actually an acronym whose letters stand for the names of six immortal elders: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. When Billy Batson speaks it, he transforms into the adult hero, no Zoltar required.
Directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), Shazam! is set to arrive in 2019. Not much is confirmed beyond Levi for the role of Shazam and Asher Strong for Batson. Mark Strong and Grace Fulton are currently rumored to co-star