Shazam! is a 2019 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character. Produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden, and a story by Gayden and Darren Lemke, the film stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, played by Zachary Levi. Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou also star. The plot follows Billy Batson, who is chosen by the ancient wizard Shazam as his new champion and receives various superpowers. Billy and his best friend Freddy Freeman (Grazer) must discover Billy’s new powers in order to stop the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong) and the Seven Deadly Sins.
Development of a live-action Shazam! film began at New Line in the early 2000s but was delayed for many years. The film went into pre-production in 2009 with director Peter Segal and writer John August and Dwayne Johnson considered to star as the villain Black Adam, but the project fell through; Dwayne Johnson acts as an executive producer on Shazam!. William Goldman, Alec Sokolow, Joel Cohen, Bill Birch, and Geoff Johns, among others, were all attached to the project as writers at various points. The film was officially announced in 2014, with Johnson attached to star as either Shazam or Black Adam. He would later be cast in January 2017 to lead a solo Black Adam development project, currently targeted for a December 2021 release. Sandberg signed on to direct Shazam! in February 2017 and Levi was cast that October, with Angel joining the following month. Principal photography began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on January 29, 2018, with most of the film shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, and wrapped on May 11, 2018.
Shazam! was released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX, 4DX, IMAX 3D, and ScreenX on April 5, 2019. The film grossed $366 million worldwide, making it a box office success. The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Sandberg’s direction and the performances of Levi, Grazer, and Angel, as well as its light tone and sense of fun. A sequel is set for release on November 4, 2022.
|Directed by||David F. Sandberg|
|Produced by||Peter Safran|
|Screenplay by||Henry Gayden|
|Story by||Henry GaydenDarren Lemke|
|Based on||Captain Marvel|
byBill ParkerC. C. Beck
|Starring||Zachary LeviMark StrongAsher AngelJack Dylan GrazerDjimon Hounsou|
|Music by||Benjamin Wallfisch|
|Edited by||Michel Aller|
|New Line CinemaDC FilmsThe Safran CompanySeven Bucks Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date||March 15, 2019 (Toronto)April 5, 2019 (United States)|
|Running time||132 minutes|
|Box office||$366 million|
- Asher Angel as Billy Batson
- Zachary Levi as Shazam,
- Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
- Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman
- Djimon Hounsou as Shazam
- Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley
- Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield
- Ian Chen as Eugene Choi
- Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña: Billy’s older foster brother
- Marta Milans as Rosa Vasquez
- Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez
We all have a superhero inside of us — it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do — have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he’ll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can get his hands on Shazam’s magical abilities.