‘Shazam’ Star Zachary Levi On The ‘Big’-Ness Of DC’s Take: “There’s Levity Built Into It” – NY Comic Con

Zachary Levi, who stars in DC and Warner Bros.’ upcoming Shazam, put the film in Hollywood screenwriting terms for the hundreds of fans who crowded into his panel session at New York Comic-Con.
“It’s Big meets Superman,” Levi sa…

Zachary Levi, who stars in DC and Warner Bros.’ upcoming Shazam, put the film in Hollywood screenwriting terms for the hundreds of fans who crowded into his panel session at New York Comic-Con. “It’s Big meets Superman,” Levi said. "There's levity built into it … It's not that it skews younger. It just happens to have 'younger' in its nature." The film, set for release on April 5, 2019, centers on foster child Billy Batson, a teen-ager able to transform into the titular…

Apple Completes Shazam Buyout, Plans to Phase out Ads

Apple has closed its buyout of Shazam Entertainment, the parent company of music discovery app Shazam, the company announced on Monday.

The deal for Shazam — best known for giving users song information within seconds of hearing the lyrics — was first reported last December. The London-based company boasts more than 100 million monthly users and has been downloaded 1 billion times, according to Apple’s Monday release.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although TechCrunch reported in 2017 it would cost Apple more than $400 million.

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Perhaps most noteworthy from Apple’s announcement, Shazam will soon drop its ad-supported free tier, which will make it “ad-free for all users.”

Despite being used 20 million times each day, Shazam has struggled to find a sustainable business model. The company reported last fall it lost about $5 million during its 2016 fiscal year on £40.3 million (about $54 million) in revenue. That doesn’t matter much to Apple, though, which will leverage Shazam to gain insight into listener habits as it battles Spotify for streaming supremacy.

“Apple and Shazam have a long history together. Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and has become a favorite app for music fans everywhere,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music, in a statement on Monday. “With a shared love of music and innovation, we are thrilled to bring our teams together to provide users even more great ways to discover, experience and enjoy music.”

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Apple has closed its buyout of Shazam Entertainment, the parent company of music discovery app Shazam, the company announced on Monday.

The deal for Shazam — best known for giving users song information within seconds of hearing the lyrics — was first reported last December. The London-based company boasts more than 100 million monthly users and has been downloaded 1 billion times, according to Apple’s Monday release.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although TechCrunch reported in 2017 it would cost Apple more than $400 million.

Perhaps most noteworthy from Apple’s announcement, Shazam will soon drop its ad-supported free tier, which will make it “ad-free for all users.”

Despite being used 20 million times each day, Shazam has struggled to find a sustainable business model. The company reported last fall it lost about $5 million during its 2016 fiscal year on £40.3 million (about $54 million) in revenue. That doesn’t matter much to Apple, though, which will leverage Shazam to gain insight into listener habits as it battles Spotify for streaming supremacy.

“Apple and Shazam have a long history together. Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and has become a favorite app for music fans everywhere,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music, in a statement on Monday. “With a shared love of music and innovation, we are thrilled to bring our teams together to provide users even more great ways to discover, experience and enjoy music.”

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Apple now officially owns Shazam: The Cupertino computer maker announced Monday that its acquisition of Shazam has closed, and that it plans to make the music recognition service available ad-free to consumers soon. “Apple and Shazam have a long histor…

Apple now officially owns Shazam: The Cupertino computer maker announced Monday that its acquisition of Shazam has closed, and that it plans to make the music recognition service available ad-free to consumers soon. “Apple and Shazam have a long history together. Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and […]

Henry Cavill Trolls Instagram With Weird (and Hilarious) Superman-Themed Video

Looks like Henry Cavill finally decided to weigh in on reports that he’s no longer playing Superman in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics movies… by trolling his fans on Instagram with a video that illuminates absolutely nothing.
Earlier Wednesd…

Looks like Henry Cavill finally decided to weigh in on reports that he’s no longer playing Superman in Warner Bros.’ DC Comics movies… by trolling his fans on Instagram with a video that illuminates absolutely nothing.

Earlier Wednesday, individuals with knowledge of the matter told TheWrap that Cavill will no longer play Superman in any upcoming DC films, including the previously-announced cameo in “Shazam!” as Warner Bros. is shifting focus to a standalone “Supergirl” movie.

WB for its part says it has made no decisions about the future of Superman in its DC universe films. And Cavill’s reps did not respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. But late Wednesday afternoon, Cavill posted the clip, bearing the caption “Today was exciting #Superman,” that basically blows a raspberry at the whole thing.

It features him in a “Krypton Lifting Team” t-shirt — that’s Superman’s home planet — as he slowly lifts a Superman action figure into view while intently, and silently staring at the camera.

But don’t take our word for it. Watch below:

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Today was exciting #Superman

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Oh, and he’s listening to a rendition of Johann Strauss’ “The Blue Danube” waltz, with vocals by barking dogs. Which is almost as much fun as seeing Cavill dressed up as Superman but with his “Mission Impossible: Fallout” mustache intact.

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“Aquaman” — Can Aquaman actually be cool? Judging from the trailer, hell yes. The trailer gives an idea about Arthur’s (Jason Momoa) backstory… and also shows villain Black Manta blowing up a building or two with his laser…

“Aquaman” — Can Aquaman actually be cool? Judging from the trailer, hell yes. The trailer gives an idea about Arthur’s (Jason Momoa) backstory… and also shows villain Black Manta blowing up a building or two with his laser eyes.

“Shazam” — Zachary Levi’s take on The Big Red Cheese! The film follows the adventures of teenager Billy Batson, who can transform into a full-grown adult superhero with the power of six gods after saying “Shazam!” Think “Big” meets “Batman and Robin.”

“Glass” — M. Night Shyamalan’s third movie in what has become a superhero trilogy that started with “Unbreakable” and suddenly picked up steam again with last year’s “Split,” a movie nobody knew was related until its ending.

“Doctor Who” — The first female Time Lord is looking for some new best friends, and in the new trailer, she gets them… thanks to the ability of traveling through time and space.

“Godzilla: King of Monsters” — If the sick new trailer is any indication, monsters are going to end the world. Godzilla won’t be the only giant creature humanity has to deal with when the movie drops next year. It also looks like creatures such as Mothra and King Ghidorah will be in play as well.

“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” — Two big takeaways from this one: We’re going to get a lot of younger Dumbledore in this one, and it’s going to be packed with “Harry Potter” lore. Including the inventor of the Sorcerer’s Stone.

“Mayans MC” — The trailer for FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans M.C.” is all about a new leading man. Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the California/Mexico border. Now, EZ must carve out his new identity.

“Star Trek: Discovery” Season 2 — Something strange is happening in the galaxy and the world’s most famous Vulcan is involved. Yes, it definitely looks like the sophomore year will be digging into “Star Trek” lore and filling out some interesting beats in the timeline.

“The Orville” Season 2 — Seth MacFarlane told fans “comedy doesn’t always go well in science fiction,” and that his goal was to try to make it work. His promise for the second season of “The Orville” is to push that delicate balance further.

“Walking Dead” Season 9 — Negan predicts the downfall of everyone living in close proximity to the Sanctuary, Maggie finally has her baby, and Daryl turns advocate, all in the teaser trailer for Season 9. And, of course, blood and guts and brains and stuff.

“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 4 — The post-Madison Clark world of “Fear the Walking Dead” is looking pretty bleak — especially after a giant storm sweeps through, sweeping away zombies and everything else in its path.

“The Gifted” Season 2 — Ready for some mutant-against-mutant action? In Season 2, the Mutant Underground must contend with new groups with extreme ideologies, both human and mutant alike, to stave off a brewing conflict.

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns — “Clone Wars” is coming back and getting 12 new episodes, all of which will stream on Disney’s new proprietary streaming service. Some time has passed since Ahsoka left the Jedi Order, but Anakin and his apprentice are set to be reunited with both old and new friends.

DC’s Comic-Con Show Was a Declaration of Independence From Its Grimdark Recent Past

After a couple of rough years for major films based on DC Comics, Warner Bros. scored a triple crown on Saturday morning during its annual Hall H Comic-Con panel.

And if what we saw with the first looks at “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Shazam!” and “Aquaman” is any indication, DC is indeed now in good hands.

Yes, the footage demonstrates that misfires like “Justice League” aside, Warner Bros. is still in the business of exploiting DC’s rich library of characters and concepts. But most notable was the public debut of a bright, eye-popping new aesthetic and optimistic tone that feels like a definitive, if not outright stated, setting-aside of the gloom and grit of the Zack Snyder era.

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For Comic-Con 2018, Warner Bros./DC appeared to discard at least part of its aversion to copying Marvel, with a good 10 minutes of exclusive-to-Hall H footage that was absolutely better than the trailers for “Aquaman” and “Shazam!” it released to the public Saturday morning. (Not that those trailers are anything to sneeze at.)

Notable highlights? Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth as vibrant, neon gold, godlike power. The way she saves a little girl that leans hard on cuteness without hurting the action that follows. “Aquaman” demonstrating Jason Momoa’s comic timing might compare favorably to Marvel beefcake Chris Hemsworth. Black Manta, in our mind one of the coolest-looking supervillains in recent memory. And action-scenes that feel like “Aquaman” director James Wan reminding you why he got this job in the first place.

You can read about that footage — a first look at “Wonder Woman 1984” and some extremely cool “Aquaman” clips — here and here, but in brief: The “Wonder Woman” footage was charming, funny, and cute, while the “Aquaman” footage planted its flag firmly in the “no, he’s actually cool” territory.

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But even without that exclusive footage, “Wonder Woman” lassoed, “Shazam!” electrified, and “Aquaman” made a huge splash (sorry). It all feels like the end result of what former DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns exclusively told TheWrap a year ago: “Get to the essence of the character and make the movies fun. Just make sure that the characters are the characters with heart, humor, hope, heroics, and optimism at the base.”

The first Hall H of newly-installed President of Marketing Blair Rich (taking over for Sue Kroll, who stepped down in January) delivered the goods. And it likely gives newly-installed DC Chief Walter Hamada a lot more time to figure out what to do with Batman and Superman.

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But don’t take our word for it. Based on the social media reaction, fans are clearly feeling the new colorful DC universe. Here’s a sample:

Just saw the first trailer which looks great and killed it with this audience. Way lighter than past DC films. Levi crushes it. #HallH #SDCC #Shazam

— Shawn Madden @SDCC (@shawnxmadden) July 21, 2018

I can’t get over how visually epic #Aquaman looks. The Star Wars/Game of Thrones underwater feel is so real

— Funnel Ferry Butter Bar (@ItsDavery) July 21, 2018

How DC/DCEU fandom will sleep tonight after the Shazam and Aquaman trailer knowing that they got served two fire teasers. pic.twitter.com/XQqqLuVVSO

— ANIME & COMICS (@Jrnotjnr) July 21, 2018

DC fans reaction after watching #Aquaman and #Shazam Trailers pic.twitter.com/Du4fM6VZIc

— DC Films ???? (@DCEUnited) July 21, 2018

Winning the Hall H crowd after the previous misfires was a tall order, but in the year where Marvel Studios sat out the big game, WB took the DC football in the end zone and scored three much needed touchdowns. Now all the films have to do is deliver.

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After a couple of rough years for major films based on DC Comics, Warner Bros. scored a triple crown on Saturday morning during its annual Hall H Comic-Con panel.

And if what we saw with the first looks at “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Shazam!” and “Aquaman” is any indication, DC is indeed now in good hands.

Yes, the footage demonstrates that misfires like “Justice League” aside, Warner Bros. is still in the business of exploiting DC’s rich library of characters and concepts. But most notable was the public debut of a bright, eye-popping new aesthetic and optimistic tone that feels like a definitive, if not outright stated, setting-aside of the gloom and grit of the Zack Snyder era.

For Comic-Con 2018, Warner Bros./DC appeared to discard at least part of its aversion to copying Marvel, with a good 10 minutes of exclusive-to-Hall H footage that was absolutely better than the trailers for “Aquaman” and “Shazam!” it released to the public Saturday morning. (Not that those trailers are anything to sneeze at.)

Notable highlights? Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth as vibrant, neon gold, godlike power. The way she saves a little girl that leans hard on cuteness without hurting the action that follows. “Aquaman” demonstrating Jason Momoa’s comic timing might compare favorably to Marvel beefcake Chris Hemsworth. Black Manta, in our mind one of the coolest-looking supervillains in recent memory. And action-scenes that feel like “Aquaman” director James Wan reminding you why he got this job in the first place.

You can read about that footage — a first look at “Wonder Woman 1984” and some extremely cool “Aquaman” clips — here and here, but in brief: The “Wonder Woman” footage was charming, funny, and cute, while the “Aquaman” footage planted its flag firmly in the “no, he’s actually cool” territory.

But even without that exclusive footage, “Wonder Woman” lassoed, “Shazam!” electrified, and “Aquaman” made a huge splash (sorry). It all feels like the end result of what former DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns exclusively told TheWrap a year ago: “Get to the essence of the character and make the movies fun. Just make sure that the characters are the characters with heart, humor, hope, heroics, and optimism at the base.”

The first Hall H of newly-installed President of Marketing Blair Rich (taking over for Sue Kroll, who stepped down in January) delivered the goods. And it likely gives newly-installed DC Chief Walter Hamada a lot more time to figure out what to do with Batman and Superman.

But don’t take our word for it. Based on the social media reaction, fans are clearly feeling the new colorful DC universe. Here’s a sample:

Winning the Hall H crowd after the previous misfires was a tall order, but in the year where Marvel Studios sat out the big game, WB took the DC football in the end zone and scored three much needed touchdowns. Now all the films have to do is deliver.

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We were a bit concerned that San Diego Comic-Con might be a little boring with Marvel and HBO skipping the festivities this year, but it turned out that 2018’s edition of the most prominent gathering of nerds in the world was just as wild as alwa…

We were a bit concerned that San Diego Comic-Con might be a little boring with Marvel and HBO skipping the festivities this year, but it turned out that 2018’s edition of the most prominent gathering of nerds in the world was just as wild as always. So without further ado, here are our winners and losers from this year’s Comic-Con.

Winner: Warner Bros. Pictures — With Marvel Studios absent this year, Warner Bros really stepped up with its Hall H presentation this year. They delivered excellent trailers for “The Lego Movie 2,” Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and the new “Fantastic Beasts,” and treated fans to the DC Comics version of the normal Marvel presentation with awesome footage from “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Aquaman” that was exclusive to Hall H and had everyone buzzing all day Saturday.

Loser: Johnny Depp — Depp shocked everyone in Hall H when he appeared on stage in character as Grindlewald, but he quickly left the room in stunned silence as he mumbled haltingly through his lines.

Winner: 20th Century Fox — “The Predator” opened Comic-Con with a bang on Thursday, and Fox ably stepped into the normal Marvel Studios slot on Saturday night with a really fun and funny “Deadpool 2” panel.

Winner: “Amazon Prime Video” — They basically took over Comic-Con this year, with the craziest fan activation we’ve ever seen, ads that were everywhere, and a “Man in the High Castle” panel that was immaculate in how it managed to provide fans with just enough compelling details for its third season without going overboard.

Loser: Marvel — Marvel Studios didn’t even have a presence at Comic-Con this year, and yet they had still managed to produce the biggest bummer story of the weekend with the firing of “Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Gunn’s tweets are certainly indefensible, but the fact that Disney cowered to a smear campaign drive by disingenuous right-wingers is a whole other discussion.

Winner: “Demolition Man” — Being a cult classic approaching its 25th anniversary, there was not really any reason to expect the Wesley Snips/Sylester Stallone flick to steal the show during Comic-Con. And yet it managed to do just that with afuturistic Taco Bell pop-up restaurant that was the talk of the show Thursday evening.

Winner: “Venom” — This movie has been thought of pretty much as a joke since the start, but Sony’s panel and footage presentation in Hall H could be the start of its rehabilitation ahead of its release in October. That panel left a lot of folks feeling good about this movie for the first time.

Loser: “Titans” — So DC’s first live-action TV series for its DC Universe streaming service was trending all day Thursday for all the wrong reasons. The first teaser trailer for the show was just so dopey and hilarious.

Winner: CW superheroes — The CW dominated Ballroom 20 with a four-hour block of panels for “Supergirl,” “Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “The Flash,” and came out swinging hard. But most notable among the announced new cast and characters was the groundbreaking casting of trans actress Nicole Maines as the first transgender superhero, Dreamer.

Winner/Loser: “Star Wars” — Lucasfilm managed to bring something to Comic-Con that people actually cared about (the “Clone Wars” revival) for the first time in years. But also the presence of fans rocking “Star Wars” gear was pretty low for a Comic-Con taking place just two months after a new “Star Wars” film.

Loser: “The Walking Dead” — Not AMC’s fault by any means, but the Hall H panels for “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” took place just after James Gunn was fired off “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Friday. That whole thing completely drowned out anything and everything in its path, so the business-as-usual panels

Winner: “Iron Fist” — The first season was easily the worst of Marvel’s Netflix shows, but if the many clips we saw at the show’s panel in Ballroom 20 are any indication of season 2’s quality, folks could be in for a delightful surprise when it drops.

Loser: Donald Trump — Last year’s edition of Comic-Con managed to be almost entirely apolitical, but that wasn’t the case this time. Some attendees in anti-Trump cosplay drew tons of attention around the con, and we got some big moments during panels of stars expressing anti-Trump sentiments, like when Zoe Kravitz said that if she had magic in real life she’d use it to impeach Trump. Politics didn’t dominate the week, but folks were less shy about it this year.

‘Shazam!’ Trailer: Just Say the Magic Word and You, Too, Might Become a Superhero — Watch

“Oh hey, ‘sup? I’m a superhero.”

“Justice League,” “Batman v. Superman,” and other movies based on DC Comics are generally known for being dark and brooding. If the first trailer for “Shazam!” is any indication, David F. Sandberg’s take on the superhero is very much an exception — the eponymous crimefighter is a kid who transforms into an adult superhero whenever he says the word (you guessed it) “shazam.” Watch the trailer, which just premiered at Comic-Con, below.

Zachary Levi stars as Shazam, having previously played Fandral the Dashing in “Thor: The Dark World” and “Thor: Ragnarok”; Asher Anger is Billy Batson, a mild-mannered teenager who gets on the subway one day and encounters a mystical being who endows him with superpowers. This comes as a surprise to both him and his close friend, who go about determining which powers he actually has — and are pleased to learn that he’s been gifted with super strength, flight, and immunity to bullets (but not the ability to identify any song, sadly).

Mark Strong, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Ian Chen co-star in the film, which was directed by “Annabella: Creation” helmer David F. Sandberg. Warner Bros. will release “Shazam!” on April 5, 2019.

‘Shazam’ Trailer: Zachary Levi Learns To Be A Superhero In DC’s Latest Comedy-Driven Pic – Comic-Con

Zachary Levi walked onstage Saturday at Comic-Con with a Guinness (which he said Jason Momoa gave him) to introduce the first official trailer for Shazam! It seemed appropriate considering the comedic superhero tone of Warner Bros’ upcoming DC pi…

Zachary Levi walked onstage Saturday at Comic-Con with a Guinness (which he said Jason Momoa gave him) to introduce the first official trailer for Shazam! It seemed appropriate considering the comedic superhero tone of Warner Bros’ upcoming DC pic, which could very well be the standout movie of the panel…or even all of Comic-Con for that matter. The new trailer shows the journey of foster child Billy Batson, the teenage boy able to transform into the titular adult…

DC’s ‘Shazam!’ Makes a ‘Big’ First Impression in Comic-Con Trailer (Video)

The original Captain Marvel is finally hitting movie screens next April, but you don’t have to wait that long to see for yourself if the Big Red Cheese is ready for the big time — the first trailer for “Shazam!” debuted during the Warner Bros. Hall H Comic-Con panel Saturday morning. And you can watch it here, right now.

Directed by “Lights Out” filmmaker David F. Sandberg from a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke, “Shazam!” stars Zachary Levi in the title role, with Asher Angel as Shazam’s alter-ego Billy Batson. Created by C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker for Fawcett comics in 1940, “Shazam,” originally called “Captain Marvel,” follows the adventures of teenager Billy Batson, who can transform into a full-grown adult superhero with the power of six gods after saying “Shazam!” Think “Big” meets “Batman and Robin.”

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Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews and Ian Chen also star, with Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard, the powerful mystic who gives Shazam/Billy his powers.

And for those of you asking, yes, he really is the first hero called Captain Marvel, debuting 20 years before Marvel Comics existed as a brand. Fawcett Comics was sued by DC in the early 1950s over claims that “Captain Marvel” ripped off “Superman,” and went temporarily out of business after it agreed never to publish the character’s comics again. However, in 1972 DC licensed “Captain Marvel” from Fawcett and brought the character into the DC universe.

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But during the intervening decades, Marvel realized the trademark on the name “Captain Marvel” had lapsed, and introduced its own character of the same name. Which is why, to avoid legal problems, DC called its re-launched comic book “Shazam” and eventually changed the character’s name outright.

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The original Captain Marvel is finally hitting movie screens next April, but you don’t have to wait that long to see for yourself if the Big Red Cheese is ready for the big time — the first trailer for “Shazam!” debuted during the Warner Bros. Hall H Comic-Con panel Saturday morning. And you can watch it here, right now.

Directed by “Lights Out” filmmaker David F. Sandberg from a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke, “Shazam!” stars Zachary Levi in the title role, with Asher Angel as Shazam’s alter-ego Billy Batson. Created by C.C. Beck and writer Bill Parker for Fawcett comics in 1940, “Shazam,” originally called “Captain Marvel,” follows the adventures of teenager Billy Batson, who can transform into a full-grown adult superhero with the power of six gods after saying “Shazam!” Think “Big” meets “Batman and Robin.”

Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews and Ian Chen also star, with Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard, the powerful mystic who gives Shazam/Billy his powers.

And for those of you asking, yes, he really is the first hero called Captain Marvel, debuting 20 years before Marvel Comics existed as a brand. Fawcett Comics was sued by DC in the early 1950s over claims that “Captain Marvel” ripped off “Superman,” and went temporarily out of business after it agreed never to publish the character’s comics again. However, in 1972 DC licensed “Captain Marvel” from Fawcett and brought the character into the DC universe.

But during the intervening decades, Marvel realized the trademark on the name “Captain Marvel” had lapsed, and introduced its own character of the same name. Which is why, to avoid legal problems, DC called its re-launched comic book “Shazam” and eventually changed the character’s name outright.

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Aisha Tyler to Moderate Warner Bros/DC Comic-Con 2018 Panel (Exclusive)

Aisha Tyler will moderate Warner Bros.’ two-hour Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

The presentation is expected to feature WB’s upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” as well as its slate of DC Comics films including “Aquaman,” “Shazam” and “Wonder Woman 1984.”

The panel is set for Saturday, June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Tyler is no stranger to Warners’ Hall H show, traditionally the first big Saturday Comic-Con panel. The “Archer” star and geek culture-icon last held court for the studio in 2015, overseeing the first look at “Suicide Squad” and official trailer for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” among others. She’ll already be on the scene for the 2018 convention, as she’s attending the Friday, June 20 panel for “Archer” in the Indigo Ballroom.

Tyler is not replacing Chris Hardwick, who moderated WB’s 2017 Hall H presentation, but, as TheWrap exclusively reported in June, was not asked to return this year. An individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap that Hardwick was never slated for a repeat appearance even before he was accused of abusive behavior by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra in June. Soon after the accusations were made public, the “Talking” host withdrew from scheduled Hall H appearances for AMC and BBC America.

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The WB Hall H panel has typically not used the same host back-to-back. Conan O’Brien moderated in 2016, and Hardwick’s last appearance before 2017 came in 2014.

Tyler is repped by UTA, Will Ward at Fourward, and John Miegs of Hanson, Jacobson et al.

Aisha Tyler will moderate Warner Bros.’ two-hour Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

The presentation is expected to feature WB’s upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” as well as its slate of DC Comics films including “Aquaman,” “Shazam” and “Wonder Woman 1984.”

The panel is set for Saturday, June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tyler is no stranger to Warners’ Hall H show, traditionally the first big Saturday Comic-Con panel. The “Archer” star and geek culture-icon last held court for the studio in 2015, overseeing the first look at “Suicide Squad” and official trailer for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” among others. She’ll already be on the scene for the 2018 convention, as she’s attending the Friday, June 20 panel for “Archer” in the Indigo Ballroom.

Tyler is not replacing Chris Hardwick, who moderated WB’s 2017 Hall H presentation, but, as TheWrap exclusively reported in June, was not asked to return this year. An individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap that Hardwick was never slated for a repeat appearance even before he was accused of abusive behavior by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra in June. Soon after the accusations were made public, the “Talking” host withdrew from scheduled Hall H appearances for AMC and BBC America.

The WB Hall H panel has typically not used the same host back-to-back. Conan O’Brien moderated in 2016, and Hardwick’s last appearance before 2017 came in 2014.

Tyler is repped by UTA, Will Ward at Fourward, and John Miegs of Hanson, Jacobson et al.

Zachary Levi suits up (and drinks up) in the first official image of him from Shazam! 

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‘Shazam’: First Look at Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in DC Comics Movie (Photo)

After numerous leaks and paparazzi shots, the first official look at Zachary Levi in costume and Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman from DC Comics movie “SHAZAM” has been released online. (See it below.)

“I wanted to keep the shorter cape as a throwback to the original because that’s something that sets him apart from Superman or Batman,” the director David Sandberg told Entertainment Weekly. “It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for.”

After photos surfaced in March of Levi in full costume on the set of “Shazam,” Men’s Health took a swipe at the actor, asking if he was wearing fake muscles under his costume. “The actor’s arms looked huge in recent set photos, but are they real?” they wrote. “We’re still not buying it.”

Also Read: ‘Shazam’ Star Zachary Levi Silences Body Shaming Critics; Posts Shirtless Pic

Despite what has been jokingly referred to by fans as “LeviGate,” Levi has remained enthusiastic about the project, regularly posting pictures on social media of his time in the makeup trailer and on set. He even compared the immense amount of hair gel he used to get Shazam’s famed slicked-back do to LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten.

Yes, he’s getting help from costume padding (as most movie superheroes do), and, yes, Levi will fly into the DC Universe when “Shazam” hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

The first trailer for the movie will debut inside Hall H during San Diego Comic Con in mere days.

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Zachary Levi Swipes at Men’s Health Over Comments on His ‘Shazam’ Physique

After numerous leaks and paparazzi shots, the first official look at Zachary Levi in costume and Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman from DC Comics movie “SHAZAM” has been released online. (See it below.)

“I wanted to keep the shorter cape as a throwback to the original because that’s something that sets him apart from Superman or Batman,” the director David Sandberg told Entertainment Weekly. “It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for.”

After photos surfaced in March of Levi in full costume on the set of “Shazam,” Men’s Health took a swipe at the actor, asking if he was wearing fake muscles under his costume. “The actor’s arms looked huge in recent set photos, but are they real?” they wrote. “We’re still not buying it.”

Despite what has been jokingly referred to by fans as “LeviGate,” Levi has remained enthusiastic about the project, regularly posting pictures on social media of his time in the makeup trailer and on set. He even compared the immense amount of hair gel he used to get Shazam’s famed slicked-back do to LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten.

Yes, he’s getting help from costume padding (as most movie superheroes do), and, yes, Levi will fly into the DC Universe when “Shazam” hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

The first trailer for the movie will debut inside Hall H during San Diego Comic Con in mere days.

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Djimon Hounsou to Play The Wizard in DC's 'Shazam!'

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Djimon Hounsou to Play The Wizard in DC’s ‘Shazam!’

Djimon Hounsou will play the 3,000-year-old Wizard in DC’s “Shazam!”, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

In the comic book, the Wizard gives young Billy Batson his powers. Production has wrapped, so this casting was clearly kept under wraps. “This Is Us” actor Ron Cephas Jones was previously reported to have been cast in the role.

This isn’t the first time Hounsou will have a role in a superhero film — he played the Kree mercenary Korath the Pursuer in “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as the upcoming “Captain Marvel.”

See Photo : Zachary Levi Offers Up First Official Look at ‘Shazam’ Costume

Hounsou’s other credits including “Amistrad, “Gladiator,” “Furious 7,” “The Legend of Tarzan” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” He is represented by Elevate Artist Management, The Safran Company and CAA.

“Shazam” is directed by “Lights Out” filmmaker David F. Sandberg from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Production wrapped in May in Toronto.

The film will star Zachary Levi as the titular character, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews and Ian Chen.

Also Read: ‘Shazam’ Star Zachary Levi Silences Body Shaming Critics; Posts Shirtless Pic

Shazam, who was first introduced into DC Comics in 1939, is an acronym of the ancient world gods and historical figures — Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury — from whom William Joseph “Billy” Batson’s alter ego derives his heroic attributes when in adult form.

Warner Bros. will release “Shazam!” on April 5, 2019.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.

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Djimon Hounsou will play the 3,000-year-old Wizard in DC’s “Shazam!”, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

In the comic book, the Wizard gives young Billy Batson his powers. Production has wrapped, so this casting was clearly kept under wraps. “This Is Us” actor Ron Cephas Jones was previously reported to have been cast in the role.

This isn’t the first time Hounsou will have a role in a superhero film — he played the Kree mercenary Korath the Pursuer in “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as the upcoming “Captain Marvel.”

Hounsou’s other credits including “Amistrad, “Gladiator,” “Furious 7,” “The Legend of Tarzan” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” He is represented by Elevate Artist Management, The Safran Company and CAA.

“Shazam” is directed by “Lights Out” filmmaker David F. Sandberg from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Production wrapped in May in Toronto.

The film will star Zachary Levi as the titular character, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews and Ian Chen.

Shazam, who was first introduced into DC Comics in 1939, is an acronym of the ancient world gods and historical figures — Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury — from whom William Joseph “Billy” Batson’s alter ego derives his heroic attributes when in adult form.

Warner Bros. will release “Shazam!” on April 5, 2019.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.

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'Wayward Pines': Djimon Hounsou Wants to Push the Town's Limits (Exclusive Video)

Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou Protect Mankind in New Trailer for 'Walking Dead' Creator's 'Air' (Video)

Shazam! conjures up Djimon Hounsou to play its 3,000-year-old Wizard

Given that we’ve had multiple updates from DC, Warner Bros., and New Line about how the upcoming superhero film Shazam! is basically going to knit everyone in America a sweater made of smiles to make sure you know how family-friendly and light-hearted …

Given that we’ve had multiple updates from DC, Warner Bros., and New Line about how the upcoming superhero film Shazam! is basically going to knit everyone in America a sweater made of smiles to make sure you know how family-friendly and light-hearted it’s gonna be, it’s a little surprising this news took so long to…

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Warner Bros Adds Five Films To ScreenX Deal – CinemaCon

Warner Bros and ScreenX maker CJ 4DPLEX have agreed to add up to five titles to be released in the next 12 months on the panoramic, premium-screen format. The deal — The Nun, Aquaman and Shazam! are confirmed to be among the five — comes af…

Warner Bros and ScreenX maker CJ 4DPLEX have agreed to add up to five titles to be released in the next 12 months on the panoramic, premium-screen format. The deal — The Nun, Aquaman and Shazam! are confirmed to be among the five — comes after the companies teamed on the release of the Dwayne Johnson-starring Rampage earlier this month. ScreenX, the multi-projection system that provides an immersive, 270-degree film-viewing experience, has seen its installed base grow…

’13 Reasons Why’ Actor Ross Butler Joins DC’s ‘Shazam!’

Ross Butler has joined the cast of New Line’s “Shazam!,” Variety has confirmed. The film follows a boy named Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, who can transform into an adult superhero, portrayed by Zachary Levi, by uttering the ma…

Ross Butler has joined the cast of New Line’s “Shazam!,” Variety has confirmed. The film follows a boy named Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel, who can transform into an adult superhero, portrayed by Zachary Levi, by uttering the magic word “Shazam!” The name Shazam is an acronym of the ancient gods and historical figures […]

‘Shazam’ Star Zachary Levi Silences Body Shaming Critics; Posts Shirtless Pic

“Shazam” headliner Zachary Levi has struck back at his body shaming critics by posting a shirtless picture of his workout progress on Instagram.

“Hard work, over time, plus chicken & broccoli, minus carbs, divided by whey protein, in which ‘X’ represents the amount of supplements and ‘Y’ represents the sentiment of ‘WHY the hell am I doing this to myself?!’” wrote Levi wrote, who has been batting off accusations that he is using padding to fill out his superhero’s muscular physique.

 

Also Read: Zachary Levi Swipes at Men’s Health Over Comments on His ‘Shazam’ Physique

After photos surfaced in March of Levi in full costume on the set of “Shazam,” Men’s Health took a swipe at the actor, asking if he was wearing fake muscles under his costume. “The actor’s arms looked huge in recent set photos, but are they real?” they wrote. “We’re still not buying it.”

Despite what has been jokingly referred to by fans as “LeviGate,” Levi has remained enthusiastic about the project, regularly posting pictures on social media of his time in the makeup trailer and on set. He even compared the immense amount of hair gel he used to get Shazam’s famed slicked-back do to LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten.

Whether he’s packing muscle or padding, Levi will fly into the DC Universe when “Shazam” hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

Related stories from TheWrap:

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“Shazam” headliner Zachary Levi has struck back at his body shaming critics by posting a shirtless picture of his workout progress on Instagram.

“Hard work, over time, plus chicken & broccoli, minus carbs, divided by whey protein, in which ‘X’ represents the amount of supplements and ‘Y’ represents the sentiment of ‘WHY the hell am I doing this to myself?!'” wrote Levi wrote, who has been batting off accusations that he is using padding to fill out his superhero’s muscular physique.

 

After photos surfaced in March of Levi in full costume on the set of “Shazam,” Men’s Health took a swipe at the actor, asking if he was wearing fake muscles under his costume. “The actor’s arms looked huge in recent set photos, but are they real?” they wrote. “We’re still not buying it.”

Despite what has been jokingly referred to by fans as “LeviGate,” Levi has remained enthusiastic about the project, regularly posting pictures on social media of his time in the makeup trailer and on set. He even compared the immense amount of hair gel he used to get Shazam’s famed slicked-back do to LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten.

Whether he’s packing muscle or padding, Levi will fly into the DC Universe when “Shazam” hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'This Is Us' Star Ron Cephas Jones Circles Wizard Role in DC Superhero Film 'SHAZAM!' (Exclusive)

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‘Shazam!’ Director David F. Sandberg Teases Fans With April Fools’ Trailer Of Comic Book Pic

Considering it is April Fools’ Day, don’t fall for all the news that’s flowing through your social media feeds. The latest bit of “fooled ya!” news comes from Shazamhelmer David F. Sandberg.
The director took to Twitter and posted what seemed like a teaser trailer for Warner Bros’ upcoming adaptation of the DC superhero Shazam! starring Zachary Levi. At first, the WB & DC logos and the voiceover make it all seem legit. However, after 25 seconds, it cuts to retro footage…

Considering it is April Fools’ Day, don’t fall for all the news that’s flowing through your social media feeds. The latest bit of “fooled ya!” news comes from Shazamhelmer David F. Sandberg. The director took to Twitter and posted what seemed like a teaser trailer for Warner Bros’ upcoming adaptation of the DC superhero Shazam! starring Zachary Levi. At first, the WB & DC logos and the voiceover make it all seem legit. However, after 25 seconds, it cuts to retro footage…

There’s something April Foolish about David F. Sandberg’s new Shazam teaser

There has been a steady trickle of news about DC’s Shazam! movie coming out over the last few months, including photos of Zachary Levi in the costume and an official synopsis, so it seems like it should just be a matter of time before we get a real trailer. Today, director David F. Sandberg finally came through with a…

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There has been a steady trickle of news about DC’s Shazam! movie coming out over the last few months, including photos of Zachary Levi in the costume and an official synopsis, so it seems like it should just be a matter of time before we get a real trailer. Today, director David F. Sandberg finally came through with a…

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Zachary Levi Swipes at Men’s Health Over Comments on His ‘Shazam’ Physique

Since photos surfaced of Zachary Levi in full costume on the set of “Shazam,” he has batted off accusations that he is using padding to fill out his physique, leading to a swipe at an article by Men’s Health that said “we’re still not buying it.”

Last week, Levi first responded to the padding accusations by posting a photo taken by his trainer, Eric Blackmon, showing off the results of intense workouts to prepare to play the DC superhero.

Sooo much padding. ????#FakeNews#FakeMuscles#FakeWeights#FakeChickenAndBroccoli https://t.co/2H8BMRCZOu

– Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) March 23, 2018

But the Men’s Health article said that despite Levi’s gains, his biceps still look smaller than how they look in the set photos released three weeks ago.

#Shazam, a better look at the full costume pic.twitter.com/FK2wqUYH0W

– Geeks WorldWide (@The_GWW) March 8, 2018

Sorry, @ZacharyLevi, but we’re still not buying it https://t.co/xgBJHQKtBt

– Men’s Health Mag (@MensHealthMag) March 30, 2018

Levi’s simply shrugged off the article with a reply on Twitter:

Well, it’s a good thing I’m not selling anything then. Also, slow news day? ??’?‍ https://t.co/ohEUdnL6pM

– Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) March 30, 2018

Despite what has been jokingly referred to by fans as “LeviGate,” Levi has remained enthusiastic about the project, regularly posting pictures on social media of his time in the makeup trailer and on set. He even compared the immense amount of hair gel he used to get Shazam’s famed slicked-back do to LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten.

Whether he’s packing muscle or padding, Levi will fly into the DC Universe when “Shazam” hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Zachary Levi to Star in New Line’s DC Comics Movie ‘Shazam’

‘This Is Us’ Star Ron Cephas Jones Circles Wizard Role in DC Superhero Film ‘SHAZAM!’ (Exclusive)

Mark Strong Confirms ‘I’m Playing an Evil Bastard Called Doctor Sivana’ in ‘Shazam’

Warner Bros Sets Release Date for ‘Shazam’

Since photos surfaced of Zachary Levi in full costume on the set of “Shazam,” he has batted off accusations that he is using padding to fill out his physique, leading to a swipe at an article by Men’s Health that said “we’re still not buying it.”

Last week, Levi first responded to the padding accusations by posting a photo taken by his trainer, Eric Blackmon, showing off the results of intense workouts to prepare to play the DC superhero.

But the Men’s Health article said that despite Levi’s gains, his biceps still look smaller than how they look in the set photos released three weeks ago.

Levi’s simply shrugged off the article with a reply on Twitter:

Despite what has been jokingly referred to by fans as “LeviGate,” Levi has remained enthusiastic about the project, regularly posting pictures on social media of his time in the makeup trailer and on set. He even compared the immense amount of hair gel he used to get Shazam’s famed slicked-back do to LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten.

Whether he’s packing muscle or padding, Levi will fly into the DC Universe when “Shazam” hits theaters on April 5, 2019.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Zachary Levi to Star in New Line's DC Comics Movie 'Shazam'

'This Is Us' Star Ron Cephas Jones Circles Wizard Role in DC Superhero Film 'SHAZAM!' (Exclusive)

Mark Strong Confirms 'I'm Playing an Evil Bastard Called Doctor Sivana' in 'Shazam'

Warner Bros Sets Release Date for 'Shazam'