Zachary Levi Shazam

What the heck?  I have no idea how ANYONE can find fault with Zachary Levi‘s ‘Shazam!’ costume.  I mean it’s ripped right out of the comic books.  I get that there has been controversy over the “is he or isn’t he padded” debate.  I mean… how do you pack on 100 pounds of muscle in like three months?  But even so… he looks the spitting image of the comic book character!

And yet, some troll felt the need to interject their opinion, calling it a “crap suit.”  And Levi didn’t take it lying down.  Here is his reaction:


“‘Why the crap suit?’ WOW! Okay, well I don’t think it’s a crap suit. I think my suit is f—in’ bomb, to be perfectly honest. I know that there hasn’t been an officially released photo yet, but there have been incredibly high quality photos that have been released. And I think any of you people out there who are still hung up on what the suit looks like are just wanting to be angry for angry’s sake. I think you’re very insecure, you probably are dealing with some stuff in your own life, and you feel a little powerless, and I’m sorry that you do. Wherever you’re at and whatever you’re going through, I’m sorry that you’re going through that.


“But, I do think you should probably take a second and reflect on why you’re as negative as you are about maybe anything in life, and then re-look at the suit and go, ‘Actually hey, you know what? They’re trying really hard to make something that’s awesome and that pleases a lot of different people,’ because Captain Marvel’s been around for a really long time and has had a whole bunch of different iterations of suits. So, you can’t win ’em all, but you can at least hope that people will give you a fair shake. For any of you out there that still don’t think you’ve been given a fair shake, and don’t wanna give us a fair shake, well then, sucks to your assmar, I don’t know what to tell you.”

You can just never make the internet happy.  Maybe there’s just a mentality that comic book characters shouldn’t look like comic book characters in movies.  That explains the X-Men’s black leather motorcycle costumes in the early films.  And the first season of ‘Arrow’.  But ‘Shazam!’ is taking a more literal approach and sorry yo, I’m a fan.  Why be ashamed of the source material?  If you think men in tights is stupid, maybe don’t read comic books?  Because that’s what it boils down to.

HOWEVER, Levi might have spoiled a little something about this film.  He actually refers to his character as “Captain Marvel.”  That was the character’s name until 2011.  But DC can’t market anything with the word “Marvel” on it, because… y’know… Marvel.  So in the movie, will the hero be addressed as “Shazam” or “Captain Marvel?”

Anyway.  What do you think?  How does Zachary Levi in red spandex work for you?