Comic Book Shopping is back, and it’s celebrating an especially big return because this new episode features non other than Shazam himself, Zachary Levi. Comic Book Shopping hosted by Collider Heroes’ Coy Jandreau gives guests the opportunity to tap into their inner comic book fan by spending some time browsing the racks at local comic book shops in Los Angeles. Past guests have included Michael Rooker, Michael Giacchino, Frank Miller and so many more industry heavyweights, and now we’re kicking off this new run of the show with an actual superhero.
Levi leads Shazam as the title character, while young Asher Angel steps in as his other half (so to speak), Billy Batson. When The Wizard (Djimon Hounsou) bestows magical powers upon 14-year-old Billy, all he has to do is utter the name “Shazam” and – BOOM! – Billy turns into a superhero with powers including super-strength, electricity manipulation, hyper-speed, the ability to purchase beer, and then some.
Levi recently carved out some time to swing by Golden Apple Comics and browse the aisles with Coy to discuss how he first got into comics, how surreal it is to play Shazam on the big screen, and to highlight some of their favorite comic books available right now. You can catch the self-proclaimed “man child,” Zachary Levi, on the Collider original series Comic Book Shopping using the video player at the top of this article. Also, be sure to catch Shazam in theaters starting April 5th and keep an eye out for brand new Comic Book Shopping installments coming to the Collider Video YouTube channel real soon!
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).