Zachary Levi on ‘Shazam!’ and Looking Forward to Fighting Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam

     March 12, 2019

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I absolutely loved Shazam!. Director David F. Sandberg has crafted something special that both comic book movie fans and audiences of all ages will absolutely love. Not only is the film super fun, extremely funny and a big serving of unbridled wish fulfillment, Sandberg grounds the story around family and it’s unlike anything DC has done before. Shazam! is absolutely worth seeing in a theater when it opens April 5th.

A few months ago, way before I’d seen Shazam!, I got to sit down with Zachary Levi when I was in Brazil for CCXP. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t post the interview sooner. One word: embargoes. The interview was part of an international press day and I had to wait until I got the all clear, which was earlier today.

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Anyway, during the interview Zachary Levi talked about landing the role, if he’s already excited to one day fight Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, what DC character he wishes could have made an appearance in Shazam!, what he learned while making the film that he hopes to take to the sequel, and a lot more.

Scripted by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo) from a story by Gayden and  Darren Lemk (Goosebumps), Shazam! tells the story of a 14-year-old boy named Billy who, when he shouts the word “SHAZAM!”, can turn into an adult superhero. Asher Angel plays Billy, while Zachary Levi plays the adult Shazam. It breakout Jack Dylan Grazer plays Billy’s best friend Freddy Freeman. Shazam! also stars Djimon Hounsou, Mark Strong, Grace FultonFaithe HermanIan ChenJovan ArmandCooper Andrews, and Marta Milans.

Check out what Zachary Levi had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

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Zachary Levi:

  • What has he seen of the movie?
  • How lucky he was to land the role.
  • Does he have a newfound respect for Dwayne Johnson and the way he can work out while making a movie?
  • Is he already excited to one day fight Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam?
  • What DC character does he wish could have made an appearance in the Shazam! movie?
  • What did he learn making the film that if they get to make a sequel he would take to it?

For more on Shazam!, check out the links below:

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Here’s the official synopsis for Shazam!:

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), 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 Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

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