Footage From ‘Shazam!’ Leaks Prior To San Diego Comic-Con

Forget Batman and Superman.  Warner Brothers is looking to two unlikely heroes to salvage their DC Comics series of movies, Aquaman and Shazam.  The two directors of these champions’ movies made their names on low budget horror films– James Wan of the ‘Saw’ and ‘Conjuring’ movies and David F. Sandberg who helmed ‘Annabelle: Creation’.  Wan’s ‘Aquaman’ arrives this winter on December 21, while Sandberg’s ‘Shazam!’ will swoop into theaters in spring on April 5.  Though there has been no official confirmation, it is widely reported that Warner Brothers is eyeing these two movies very closely as they will determine whether or not the company moves forward with any other DC projects set in this shared universe.

Just days ago, WB finally released an official photo of star Zachary Levi suited up as Shazam.  His appearance has been the subject of much debate, specifically whether or not his suit is padded armor or an actual form-fitting body suit and he bulked up for the role.  (I’m sticking with my stance that he bulked up and the suit isn’t padded, but feel free to disagree.)

Now a grainy video has been leaked that shows Levi in action as Shazam, with commentary by Sandberg.  Unfortunately it’s in Russian (I think), but at least you can get a hint of what to expect when the movie arrives.

San Diego Comic-Con kicks off later this week and we know that Warner Brothers will be unveiling the first ‘Shazam!’ trailer but they could easily include some additional footage including this clip in English.  Then again, just because they show the footage at SDCC doesn’t mean they will release it online, but we can hope.  There should also be some ‘Aquaman’ footage on display and possibly even some early ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ clips, even though that movie just began production in the last month.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, ‘Shazam!’ stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Cooper Andrews, Jovan Armand, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Ian Chen, DJ Cotrona, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Djimon Hounsou and Marta Milans.  The film opens on April 5, 2019.

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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