Billy Batson is in the big leagues now! In anticipation for Shazam!, the fans and filmmakers can’t seem to quit talking about the hero’s suit above all else. A couple days ago, the film’s costume designer, Leah Butler, revealed that each of Shazam’s costumes cost an upward of $1 million each, and they made 10 suits. $10 million seems like a lot to spend on costume design, and one fan decided to ask the director of Shazam!, David F. Sandberg, how accurate these numbers are. In his words:
There was a lot of work that went into making Zachary Levi’s Shazam! suit just right, including playing with various fabrics and testing it to the scenes so it looks just right on screen. David F. Sandberg doesn’t seem too worried about the cost of the suit, and understandably so — if the suit doesn’t look attractive, believable and true to the source material, it would be a bit of a blow to the film’s perception of quality.
Since the first images of Shazam! have surfaced, there has been a lot of talk about the suit’s appearance. First, fans accused it of being padded so lead actor Zachary Levi didn’t have to work out for the superhero role, which he later fired back at by breaking down his intense diet and flexing his muscles.
Costume designer Leah Butler also recently explained that it took 16 weeks to build the costume, and they had to scan Zachary Levi’s body before he had started getting into shape.
Then, fans noticed a difference in the look of the suit in the first trailer. The director later explained that this to do with some changes being made to the suit in post-production since it initially didn’t look how they wanted it to in certain lights after changing the fabric late in prep. Shazam’s suit will also reportedly see another change in the next trailer and final product due to similar reasons.
David F. Sandberg continued talking on Reddit about the complexity of getting Shazam’s suit just right. In his words:
Honestly, it looks like getting the Shazam suit ready was a bit of a hassle for the filmmakers due to its vibrant red color, lightning bolt logo and such.
Shazam! will follow the immense success of Aquaman over the holiday season, and introduce yet another underdog DCEU character in a fresh way. The upcoming film looks to be sort of like 1988’s Big but with superheroes, as a young boy named Billy Batson can one day become an adult superhero when he shouts “SHAZAM!” The movie comes to theaters on April 5.