Zachary Levi on Making ‘Shazam!’ and Why Comic Book Movies Are so Popular

     April 4, 2019

With director David F. Sandberg‘s Shazam! opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with Zachary Levi to talk about making the DC movie. During the interview, he talked about why the comic book movie/superhero genre is so popular around the world, how much he loved not having to restrain his enthusiasm in the role, if he asked anyone for advice before filming began, and a lot more.

shazam-imax-posterScripted 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 (Zachary Levi). 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 Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, and Marta Milans.

Finally, I absolutely loved Shazam!. 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.

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.

Zachary Levi:

  • Before filming began did he ask anyone how to maintain the workload and workouts during the long shoot?
  • On not having to restrain his enthusiasm in the role.
  • Why do they think comic book movies/superhero movies are so popular?

Image via Warner Bros.

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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