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“Shazam” Star Wants Wonder Woman Cameo

Zachary Levi, star of the upcoming DC Extended Universe film Shazam, says that he wants Wonder Woman to have a cameo.

In a recent interview with ET Online, he was asked what other DCEU superheroes he thought should appear in the movie. Levi immediately focused on the superheroine—or rather, her actress, Gal Gadot.

“Wonder Woman, because she’s awesome. I think getting a cameo from anybody would be super cool, but I just think Gal Gadot is so effervescent. She has such a charm. And she seems like a really cool broad,” he said.

He also noted Wondy’s potential with his character. “I think it would be really funny to have the 14-year-old Billy Batson inside of Shazam that’s really awkward around this beautiful Amazonian. I just think that would be really awesome.”

Shazam focuses on Billy Batson, a young boy who is given the power to transform into an adult superhero by saying the magic word “Shazam!” Levi will be playing the superpowered form, (traditionally “Captain Marvel” but, based on his comments, possibly called “Shazam” here). The normal “Billy” identity will be played by Asher Angel, best known for his role as Jonah Beck in the TV series Andi Mack.

There are other reasons why Wonder Woman could be a good pick for the film. Like her, Billy has ties to Greek mythology, deriving his powers from six legendary figures (Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury, and odd-man-out Solomon). Some have questioned how Billy can get these powers, given that the gods are dead in the DCEU; perhaps Wonder Woman could show up and provide an answer.

On a meta level, however, there is the fact that Wonder Woman is the only DCEU film that has widespread acclaim from critics and audiences, and represents the more hopeful tone that the franchise wants going forward; director David F. Sandberg says that Shazam will be similarly upbeat. Furthermore, Shazam (release date April 5, 2019) will come just a few months ahead of Wonder woman 2 (November 1), so this could be a good way to promote the lesser-known property while getting people pumped for her solo return.