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Shazam and Freddy come to life in the first official image from SHAZAM!

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There have been a number of set photos surfacing that have captured Zachary Levi and his fellow castmates (including Mark Strong as Sivana), but below you’ll see the first official image from the upcoming DC superhero film Shazam!, the first movie in their current lineup to expand beyond the core Justice League teammates.

EW, as always, provides the image you see below that features Levi as the title hero, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman.

Director David Sandberg went on the record regarding the costume that Levi is adorned with:

“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 tells EW. “It makes him feel a bit more Golden Age superhero, which is the vibe I’m going for.” Yet Shazam also has a hood from DC’s 2011 “New 52” relaunch, a glowing lightning bolt that can appear across his chest and wears the gold gauntlets from one of Shazam’s animated movie appearances.

There’s going to be a wave of stuff to come from this film as we get a little closer to its release frame of April 5, 2019. Shazam!, along this December’s Aquaman, and next November’s Wonder Woman 1984 form a kind of unofficial “second phase”, to borrow a term, of DC Films’ overall slate.

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