Shazam! actor Cooper Andrews praises the upcoming film’s “grounded” script and also confesses his love for Superman and DC Comics.
The first Shazam! trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con last week and offered a glimpse at Andrews’ character. Andrews’ will portray Billy Baston’s foster father Victor Vazquez in the upcoming DC film. Andrews spoke to ComicBook.com and talked about his experience on set:
“As a far as a role goes, depending on what they keep, this is pretty big for me, this movie. I definitely enjoyed working with this cast and this crew. We had, for the most part, there were some long hours. But for some of the days, we had 10-hour days, which was nice. And everything was so well-planned. But I was DC fan, I was a Superman fan when I was a kid.”
Andrews spoke more about his love for Superman, DC Comics, and is the latest crew member to compare the film to Big and Superman:
“You know, I was drawing Superman since I can hold a pen, hold a marker. I’ve known about Captain Marvel, Shazam!, just as long. And knowing that I got to be part of the DC Universe, it was way more exciting than if I had been part of the Marvel one. But this movie, what I like about it… I think this has been said, but I’ll say it again. When I first read the script, this was my thought: This has a feeling of Big meets Superman.”
DC is known for their grounded approach to their films with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Andrews says Shazam! is also a grounded and real story about a kid getting superpowers:
“The thing about it is that there’s no massive war. There’s something very grounded and real about this script, despite the fact that it’s about a 15 year-old who says a magic word and turns into a superhero. There’s still something very real, something that speaks to everyone, I think, on this one.”
Here is the full 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).”
Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana.
Shazam! is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.
Why ‘Shazam!’ Is A Good Turning Point For The DC Extended Universe
When it comes to the DC Extended Universe, the results have been struggling at best. Justice League‘s box office returns where nowhere near where they should have been. This is troubling considering that the film features all of the big name superheroes within the DC Comics mythos. The biggest takeaway from the film is that a serious change is needed, and DC’s Shazam! might be the perfect starting point for that.
Shazam has been around since the late 1930s. Originally known as Captain Marvel and published through Fawcett Comics, the hero was actually at one point more popular than Superman. After some legal woes and a buyout of Fawcett Comics by DC Comics, the hero became ingrained with DC mythos. Due to the aforementioned legal woes, the character is now more commonly known as Shazam.
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