Shazam! Star Zachary Levi 'Honored & Humbled' to Take Part

Zachary Levi at the Thor The Dark World premiere in 2013

Levi is also known for his roles in Tangled and Chuck. It has not been revealed who will play Billy yet. It was only in 1970s that the DC banner took over the character. But is was Zachary Levi who won out for the coveted role. DC Comics acquired the rights to Captain Marvel in 1972.

The name is derived from the names of the ancient world gods and historical figures - Solomon (S), Hercules (H), Atlas (A), Zeus (Z), Achilles (A) and Mercury (M).

Created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck in 1939, Captain Marvel, aka Shazam, was a Superman-esque caped crimefighter and the alter-ego of the mortal Billy Batson, who would transform into the strapping superhero upon the invocation of the magic name, Shazam! Captain Marvel was also the first comic book superhero to be adapted into film, in a 1941 Republic Pictures serial titled Adventures of Captain Marvel. Recent Shazam comics have had the character calling himself Shazam (which can be unsafe when saying your name also turns you back into a powerless adolescent). Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg is lined up to direct the project under Warner Bros' New Line banner which itself is a fairly bold move for a character aimed generally at younger readers. Executive producer Toby Emmerich said this film will be set on the DCEU earth, but it will have a tone unto itself and be completely independent.

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Another wrinkle is that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be starring in a stand-alone movie based on Black Adam, who is one of Captain Marvel's greatest enemies.

Other upcoming DC Extended Universe movies include Justice League on November 17, 2017, Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on December 13, 2019, Cyborg in 2020 and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.

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