‘Shazam!’ Actor Zachary Levi Confirms Suit Was Padded

Shazam! actor Zachary Levi has confirmed that the suit he wore in the film was padded.

Taking to Twitter to answer a variety of questions, Zachary Levi was asked by a fan how they could become Shazam themselves. Or, rather, how they could gain the superhero physique that Zachary Levi rocked throughout the DC film. One can imagine there’s a excruciatingly strict diet and weight routine that one would have adhere to get the Shazam physique. Zachary Levi wasn’t game to toss out his entire regimen, so he hilariously told the fan to eat their “wheaties.”

You can check out the tweet below.

A fan latter replied to this original tweet, saying that they were disappointed that certain naysayers believed that Zachary Levi wasn’t that strong and built, which led to the creators of the Shazam costume layering the piece with padding. The genuine individual that he is, Zachary Levi didn’t beat around the bush and stated that there was, in fact, a bit of padding, because even superheroes need help.

It’s not every day that a superhero actor is honest about the help they get to assume their respective roles. Obviously, Zachary Levi bulked up quite a bit for the role of Shazam, but that’s almost never enough to fill out the expectations of the suit. Especially in the case of Shazam, who is supposed to be the cream of the crop when it comes to the ideal superhero.

Zachary Levi is expected to reprise his role as Shazam for an upcoming sequel relatively soon. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information to give out regarding the inner workings of the Shazam! sequel, but it is known that the script is currently written. This time around, Zachary Levi will have tons of time to bulk up for the role if he isn’t really looking forward to wearing padding.

What are your thoughts on Zachary Levi using padding for the Shazam costume? Comment below and let us know!

Here’s the official synopsis for Zachary Levi’s Shazam!:

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans and Djimon Hounsou.

Shazam! is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.

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