Asher Angel cast for Billy Batson in Shazam

Billy Batson

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It seems as if Shazam has found its young Billy Batson with Asher Angel. Angel is known for his role as the best friend from Disney’s hit show Andy Mack. He will be starring alongside Zachary Levi as the young alter ego of the powerful magical being, Shazam.

Mark Strong is also in talks to play the film’s villain, Doctor Sivana. Dwayne Johnson has also been cast to play Black Adam, a film focusing on Shazam‘s arch-nemesis. Hopefully, we get to see a crossover between the 2 films that can end up in a fight rivaling that of the epic Superman vs Captain Marvel (aka Shazam) scene from Justice League Unlimited.

Shazam’s background: Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940) introduces Billy Batson, a homeless 12- year-old newsboy who sleeps in the subway station of his home city (later referred to in DC publications as Fawcett City). A mysterious man in a green cloak asks Billy to follow him into the subway station, where a magic subway car painted in unusual shapes and colors escorts them to an underground throne room, which is inhabited by a very old man with a long beard and a white robe. As the man in green disappears, the old man on the throne explains to Billy that he is the Wizard Shazam, and has used the powers of “the gods” – Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, hence the name “Shazam” – to fight evil for over 3,000 years. However, he has now grown too old to continue and is in need of a successor. The wizard explains that Billy was chosen due to his misfortune: he had been thrown out by a greedy uncle who stole his inheritance following the deaths of his parents (later retellings of the origin would also note that Billy was chosen for being “pure of heart”). Ordered by the wizard to speak the name “Shazam,” Billy is struck by a sudden bolt of lightning and transformed into a superpowered adult in a red costume with gold trim.

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