Djimon Hounsou is coming to the DC Universe. According to EW, Hounsou has been cast in Shazam! as the sorcerer who gave Billy Batson his powers. Sadly we don’t have any images of him yet, but that may change in a week at SDCC 2018.

For those that need a little comic lession, Shazam aka Mamaragan, was created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Comics. Originally his age wasn’t known until Whiz Comics #2 where it was revealed to be over 3,000 years old. He tells Billy that his name is an acronym for 6 ancient heroes, each impowering him with their attributes. S for the wisdom of Solomon, H for the strength of Hercules, A for the stamina of Atlas, Z  for the power of Zeus, A for the courage of Achilles and M for the speed of Mercury. We’re gonna go ahead and ignore that one is a Roman God while most of the others are Greek heroes and Gods.

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While the role won’t be a large one, it’s nice to have Hounsou there. While this isn’t his first DC property (he was also in 2005’s Constantine), he’ll be jumping between them and Marvel. He’s expected to reprise his role from Guardians of the Galaxy as Korath the Pursuer in the upcoming Captain Marvel. Which was Shazam’s name up until an official switch in 2012. And it’s a good thing they changed it, otherwise this would be an odd time for rivalry. While we know Shazam will be making an appearance at SDCC, I’m really hoping for some footage and heck! Even some images of these characters. I’m very much looking forward to it!

What do you think of the casting? Are you excited to see more? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more DC news. Shazam! directed by David F. Sandberg starring Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong and Djimon Hounsou will debut in theaters April 5, 2019.


Erin Lynch