It should be no surprise to fans who have been paying attention over the years that Zachary Levi is a pretty big fan of nerd culture. Besides appearing in Chuck, Heroes, and two Thor movies, the guy actually operated a company (later a nonprofit) called "Nerd HQ."
So, as you might expect, this is a guy who is pretty excited to see himself immortalized in plastic.
"As a nerd who loved and lived this world for so long and still to some level, that I don't have to restrain myself with the f--king coolness factor is so great," Levi said of playing the teenager-cum-superhero in Shazam! during a visit to the film's set. "I have to act so little, you know? I just get to be me on so many levels, and it's great."
You can see him being himself -- for the benefit of the Shazam! social media account -- below.
The New Line Cinema adaptation of the DC Comics superhero stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as Batson’s mystically-powered superhero alter ego, the titular Shazam. The film also stars Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou.
Here’s the synopsis:
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou).
Shazam! opens in theaters on April 5th.
Other upcoming DC Extended Universe movies include Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020.
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