While the DC superhero movie brand has taken some public opinion beatings, I’m still optimistic about Shazam! It’s the kind of property that should be a can’t miss provided it stays true to the source material. In a move sure to upset the delicate sensibilities of some brittle comic fans, Ron Cephas Jones is in talks to play The Wizard.
Thanks to the messiness with both DC and Marvel having a character named Captain Marvel, DC had to change the hero’s name to Shazam while the wizard named Shazam is simply The Wizard.
This Is Us fans already know Jones is an incredible actor. And Jones has experience on the comic book front as he played one of Luke Cage’s allies in the Marvel Netflix series. He’s one of those perfect choices that I never even considered.
Captain Marvel/Shazam wasn’t a particularly diverse title unless you include Tawky Tawny or Hoppy the Marvel Bunny. The Wizard is the most sensible character to add some diversity. And as Shazam’s mentor, Jones would have a significant role in the franchise.
If Jones does sign on, he’ll be joining a cast that includes Zachary Levi as Shazam, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Dr. Sivana and Cooper Andrews as Victor Vasquez.
What do you think of this potential casting choice? Excited like me? Shazam! is slated for release April 5, 2019.