Zachary Levi says Shazam! is 'between Superman and Big'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 January 2019
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

The 'Shazam!' movie will occupy the space "between 'Superman' and 'Big'", according to actor Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi thinks the 'Shazam!' movie will occupy the space "between 'Superman' and 'Big'".

The 38-year-old actor – who is set to star as the superhero character in the David F. Sandberg-directed movie – feels he brings something different to the role, admitting he doesn't have the same kind of physique as the likes of Chris Pratt, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.

He confessed: "There was definitely a part of me that felt like, 'Oh, maybe I'm never really going to have my shot at something like this because you need to be, I don't know, one of the Chrises.'

"I don't know, either starting super-ripped or super-moody or super-sexy, whatever that is. I always felt like I was more of an every-guy.

"I felt like I was following in a Tom Hanks kind of trajectory. But then when I realised that we genuinely were making something between 'Superman' and 'Big', I was like, 'Damn, this is a dream job.'

"I couldn't have prayed or thought about this more. So, there, that's how I became me ... in this."

Zachary is a self-confessed comic-book fanatic, and he is relishing the chance of starring in the 'Shazam!' movie.

He told Collider: "As a nerd who loved and lived this world for so long, and still do to some level, that I don't have to restrain myself with the f***ing coolness factor, is so great.

"I have to act so little. I just get to be me on so many levels. It's great. It's really really fun."


  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • Directed by: David F. Sandberg
  • Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Djimon Hounsou
  • UK release: 5 April 2019

Billy Batson (Angel) is a teenager raised by a foster family, who’s given magic powers by The Wizard (Hounsou): if he shouts ‘SHAZAM!’ he becomes the titular cape-wearing adult (Levi). A superhero movie bursting with humour and heart, with a mischievous performance from Levi, inspired jokes, emotion and surprising cameos.

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