The costume that will be worn by the titular hero of David F. Sandberg's upcoming DC film Shazam! is one that was certainly not cheap to bring to the big screen.
Costume designer Leah Butler (Chuck, Annabelle: Creation) revealed in a new edition of Total Film Magazine that due to the complex nature of the suit and the 10 that were made, Shazam's red spandex outfit ended up costing $1 million apiece.
"It took 16 weeks to build the costume," Butler said. "We had to scan [Zachary Levi's] body and start building the costume even before he started his very strict regime - his diet and working out... Each suit costs, oh boy, upwards of a million? We have ten suits."
Butler also explained that a sculptor was enlisted to create a physical mold of Zachary Levi's body so his form would always be available. Elsewhere in the interview, the costumer revealed she "took a lot of inspiration from the New 52," namely, with Shazam's hooded cape. Additionally, she detailed the Greek and Roman symbolism, as well as the texture that was "3D printed on the fabric" of the suit.
"The exterior suit is a spandex suit that goes over a musculature suit, and each muscle has been sculpted on the body of Zach so it accents and highlights his shape and size," she said. "There is actually a battery in the back - we luckily had a cape to cover it all up or I don't know where we would have put all that stuff - and it is remotely lit through a switchboard operator. There is wiring throughout the costume. It's a 26-volt AA rechargeable battery. It lasts about two hours at full charge."
Arriving on April 5, 2019, director David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as the ancient wizard Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez.
(via Syfy Wire)