Coming in 2019 is the long-waited for Shazam movie. It currently stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the villian Black Adam. No other characters have been cast or even been rumored for the movie. So I thought it’d be fun to fan cast the two families, although I am not as familiar with Shazam as I am with other DC Comics characters. So take it easy on me and help me with this fan-cast!
*Updates – Black Adam will officially get a solo film according to Deadline, making Shazam and Black Adam a two-parter in a way. Shazam gets screenwriter Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo)!
Many comic fans should know that Shazam is part of a bigger team/family of Shazam-power-granted characters. Although there is no information on if we will see any of these characters in the Shazam movie, it’s still fun to fan-cast, right?
Shazam should be played by someone who can incorporate a bit of child-like attitudes, given that he is Billy Batson. It would’ve been nice if Chris Pratt was Shazam but he works great as Starlord! So for this fan-cast, I looked for actors who could go toe-to-toe with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Each are over 6′, but Armie, Derek, Brandon, and Daniel match The Rock’s height, with Derek and Daniel being slightly taller. A lot of the actors listed have either had superhero experience already (and are simply no longer in those roles) or have expressed interest in being one (and possibly tried out for some, just didn’t get it).
As for Billy, he should be played by someone young but I didn’t know how young WB would go. So I varied a bit in ages and kept it under 20.
*Update – I put the cut off age at 20 so Charlie Rowe has been removed.*
MARY MARVEL (Mary Batson/Bromfield)
Mary Batson, twin of Billy Batson (or adopted sister depending on the story line you look at), was also given the power of Shazam but instead transforms into Mary Marvel. I don’t know DC/WB’s plans for Mary (on whether she’ll actually be related to Billy). So fan-casting Mary is quite difficult…
I decided to have Mary be older than Billy, whether related or not doesn’t entirely matter (if they do, they just won’t be twins). These actresses, I think, are capable of playing Mary Marvel, but also include others’ ideas. Again, I varied in ages as I’m not sure what direction they plan to go with Mary. Let me know in the poll who you like best or comment other ideas you have!
*Update – Amber Heard has been removed due to her casting in Justice League and Aquaman as Mera.*
CAPTAIN MARVEL JR (Freddy Freeman)
I’m curious if they’ll be changing his name…Anyways, here are some ideas for another member of the Shazam family. His origin story differs from the rest of the family as his powers came from Shazam/Captain Marvel himself while the rest of the family got them from the wizard Shazam. Instead, Freddy would say “Captain Marvel” to transform into Captain Marvel Jr (Shazam Jr?) and stays the same age (teenager) as his alter ego unlike the rest.
So which look they’re going for is unknown (if they even include the character at all) so I tried to vary a bit in the actors. What I do want to note, as again I am not going to explain each pick since there’s a lot, is that each of these actors has the acting ability to pull of this character (IMO). Let me know who you like best/other suggestions in the poll!
*Kodi Smit-McPhee has been removed from the poll due to his casting in X-Men Apocalypse as Nightcrawler. Cameron Monaghan has been removed from the poll due to his casting in Gotham. Due to age cut-off, Daniel Sharman, Dave Franco, has been removed. Anton Yelchin has been removed due to his passing; rest in peace.*
Shazam the Wizard!
Now I’m not sure which version they’d go with for Shazam the Wizard…Just judging by some characters in the cinematic universe so far, it seems they’re going with older/original incarnations. But there are some exceptions, of course. As long as they get someone who can pull off the immensity of the role..
*Sir Christopher Lee has been removed from the poll due to his passing. Rest in Peace.*
BLACK ADAM FAMILY
Everyone knows that The Rock has been announced to play Black Adam… There is no word though if any of the other members of his “family” will be in the movie. Again, like the Marvel/Shazam family, it’s still fun to fan-cast anyways!
ISIS (Adrianna Tomaz)
I’ll be honest, it was hard to fan-cast Isis, it was especially harder to find any Egyptian actresses! Since I couldn’t find any at all, I had to look for actresses who could pull off being/looking Egyptian…I tried not to “white-wash” as it’s called now but came up with only a few actresses. But I do feel each of these actresses could prove great in the role. Some of them may not be as tall as they should be for the role, but I feel height can be overlooked. If you have any other ideas, let me know in either the comments or poll!
OSIRIS (Amon Tomaz)
Amon is the brother of Adrianna, aka Isis, who was enslaved at a young age (resulting in Isis and Black Adam searching for him). Black Adam granted power to Amon so every time he said Black Adam, he would turn into Osiris, completing the Black Marvel/Adam family. At one point he was part of the Teen Titans and Deathstroke’s team. Osiris has quite a tragic story, ending with his true form, Amon, being eaten by his crocodile pet Sobek. Sure he gets revived and what not, but really…Anyways, I chose these actors because I felt they could pull off the role (obviously, otherwise they wouldn’t even be considered). I especially like the idea of Rami as Amon – fun fact he played the Pharaoh in Night At The Museum. Who could you see as Osiris? Or what other idea do you have? Let me know in the poll!
To close the fan-cast, I just want to talk about the DIRECTOR. Again, there is no director attached yet so I want to share some ideas who I think would be great to take on the film. I’d love to hear your ideas as well!
JJ Abrams (Super 8), Edgar Wright (The World’s End), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy), George Miller (Mad Max Fury Road)
So I could go into detail why I picked them but to keep it short, I think they each could be bring a great Shazam film in their own way/style. It really depends on what WB looking for and if their vision, Geoff John’s, and the director(s)’ vision comes together or not.
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