Trying to bring a superhero costume from comics to movies must be one of the hardest jobs that befall on any costume designer. Whoever gets this job has to make the costume credible for casual viewers and somehow pay tribute to the comics, or else tick off geeks everywhere. With all this in mind, plus comfortability for the actor and stunt doubles wearing it, it's not an easy job.
So knowing that Zachary Levi's Shazam costume went through multiple fixes during shooting isn't too much of a surprise. Granted, it's not a story often heard or discussed but director David F. Sandberg revealed why these changes were needed.
During the Film Riot Podcast (via Heroic Hollywood), Sandberg revealed that the costume did change a lot because things wouldn't go according to plan. Whether it was lead star Levi having difficulties or some of the boots falling apart, it's clear that this superhero costume needed a lot of work.
"Yeah, there were a few iterations. 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."
In all fairness, the final costume revealed recently doesn't look too bad. Looking a lot like the New 52 version of the outfit, it definitely looks credible enough that fans won't be laughing out loud about it while watching the movie. Knowing that it's gone through hell is interesting though.
Shazam hits theaters on April 5, 2019.