Zachary Levi 'Honored And Greatly Humbled' To Be Part Of DC Universe

Zachary Levi, who amusing enough plays a part in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok, has been cast as Captain Marvel, or as he's more prominently known these days after a few lawsuits: Shazam. The character was bought by DC in 1971, when he was renamed, due to Marvel's ownership of the name Captain Marvel.

According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, Zachary Levi is playing the main character of Billy Batson.

Levi is also known for his roles in Tangled and Chuck. David F. Sandberg ("Lights Out") will direct the film for New Line. DC and Warner Bros. are also now developing a standalone film about "Black Adam", Shazam's arch nemesis. And for trademark reasons, DC Comics is unable to promote or market Captain Marvel under that name. "One such film on the docket is "#Shazam", which recently found its leading man. The word is an acronym of 6 Greek elders; Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.

See Zachary Levi's latest POWER MOVE. Other actors considered for the role included John Cena, Derek Theler, Zane Holtz, Billy Magnussen, and Jake McDorman.

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Captain Marvel was ranked as the 55th greatest comic book character of all time by Wizard magazine.

Fan artist BossLogic, meanwhile, has shared a first look at what Levi as Shazam could look like. However, it has now been confirmed that he will not feature in the Shazam movie. However, Levi is no stranger to starring in superhero movies, as the 37-year-old actor can be seen next week in DC competitor Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok.

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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