'Shazam!' Director Kicks off Filming With Behind-The-Scenes Photo

Director David F. Sandberg has said the magic word and production has begun on DC Films’ [...]

Director David F. Sandberg has said the magic word and production has begun on DC Films' Shazam.

Sandberg celebrated the start of production with a behind-the-scenes photo posted to Instagram. The photo show's the a clapperboard with Shazam's production codename "Franklin."

"Let's go!" Sandberg wrote in the status, accompanied by a lightning bolt. Take a look below:

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Zachary Levi stars as Shazam in the film. The hero is the alter ego of young boy Billy Batson, played by Asher Angel. Billy summons Shazam forth by speaking the magic word and swapping places with him. Levi describes the film as Big meets Superman.

"I can't tell you much, as you can probably imagine, but what I can say is I am just out of my mind excited!" Levi said. "I get to do my version of Big, basically. It's like Superman meets Big, and that's just so fun. I get to be a superhero that's excited about being a superhero, and I think that's refreshing. It's not glum, and like, 'Oh, I have to save the world again.' So I think it's all really gravy."

Mark Strong plays the villain, Dr. Sivana. Strong recently spoke about the role for the first time.

''I'm playing an evil bastard called Doctor Sivana, they are always the best characters to play, the most fun," Strong said. "I was Sinestro in Green Lantern, which I thought was a rather good film, but it didn't do what they wanted. So I feel like I've got unfinished business in the DC world. I played a pretty evil character in that, and he was meant to get even worse in the second one but that never happened, but I think I'm going to get the chance to do that in Shazam!, I hope so.''

Shazam currently has a 3.7 out of 5 ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating, making it the 16th most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among ComicBook.com Users. Let us know how excited you are about Shazam by giving the movie your own personal ComicBook.com User Anticipation Rating below.

Shazam will open in theaters on April 5, 2019.

Other upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Aquaman on December 21, 2018, Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019, Cyborg in 2020, and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.