AceShowbiz - Another official "Shazam!" picture has made its way out online via Entertainment Weekly. After highlighting the titular superhero and his costume in the previous photos, the new one puts the teenage alter ego of Shazam on the spotlight instead. The new picture features 14-year-old Billy Batson, who is portrayed by Asher Angel, and his buddy Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Grazer.
The photo also hints at the boys' possible obsession with superheroes as some Superman and Batman merchandises as well as a newspaper article about the return of the Man of Steel are displayed, confirming the upcoming movie's tie to "Justice League".
The first photo of @AsherAngel as young Billy Batson in @SHAZAMMovie has arrived! This new pic shows 14-year-old Batson (left) as his true self, along with his buddy Freddy Freeman (@JackDGrazer, right). In DC's #SHAZAMMovie, Batson is an orphan granted an array of magical powers by a mysterious ancient Wizard — all he needs to do is a say a magic word to transform into a full-grown superhero, SHAZAM! Click the link in our bio for more scoop. 📷: Steve Wilkie/© DC Comics
The upcoming Warner Bros.-DC movie centers on Billy Batson, a streetwise 14-year-old foster kid who befriends comic book superfan Freddy. During a subway ride, Billy encounters a mysterious Wizard (Djimon Hounsou) who has been searching for ages to find the right successor to inherit his powers. He then grants the teen an assortment of abilities, and all it takes is for Billy to say "SHAZAM!"
Zachary Levi plays the grown-up superhero. "It's 'Superman' meets 'Big'!" the actor describes the movie in an interview with EW. He further gushes about his character, "It's complete wish-fulfillment - if you scour all of DC and Marvel there are very few characters that are actually stoked to be a superhero. They're not brooding, they're not put out, like 'Oh dammit, I gotta save the world again!' Billy Batson is like Peter Parker, they're thrilled to have these powers and can't wait to try them out."
Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen and Jovan Armand star as members of Billy's foster family. Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans are cast as Billy's foster parents, Victor and Rosa Vasquez, while Mark Strong is tapped as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the movie is set to arrive on April 5, 2019 in the United States. The first trailer of the movie is expected to be revealed during DC Films' panel at San Diego Comic-Con.