A lot has been said about Zachary Levi’s Shazam costume ever since we saw the first set photos of it. This week on the Film Riot podcast, Shazam director David Sandberg was a guest and talked about how the suit was changed and improved, even during filming.
“Yeah, there were a few iterations,” Sandberg said about the Shazam costume. “And you sort of have to keep changing stuff even after we started shooting because you realize things… You shoot the first scene and Zach [Levi] is like, ‘You know, I can’t move my hands properly with these gauntlets.’ So we had to redesign that, or like the boots kept falling apart so it’s like, ‘Oh well, I guess we have to do something different there.’ It was sort of a constant process of updating and making it work better.”
A lot has been said about the color of the Shazam costume as well, but Sandberg explained that there were a lot of tests under various lighting conditions to make sure they got it right.
“You shoot the fabric [with] different lights,” Sandberg said. “Before you even have a costume, you test fabric samples with different patterns on them and all that. His lightning bolt lights up, so there was a lot of tests to get that right.”
Even though we’ve seen an official photo (above), we still don’t know exactly how the suit will look on screen. We’ll get a much better idea when we get an official movie still or see it in the first trailer, which could be coming as soon as next month at Comic-Con.