Zachary Levi's 'Shazam' Suit Cost Over $1 Million and There Are 10 of Them

Our minds are still boggling with the amount of money just one of Zachary Levi's Shazam costumes cost to make, partnered by the fact that there were 10 suits created for the production.

Zachary Levi as "Shazam" Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

According to costume designer Leah Butler in an interview with Total Film (which we can't find to link to but SyFyWire seems to have), the costume took 16 weeks to build:

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"It took 16 weeks to build the costume. We had to scan Zach'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.

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.

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."

That's pretty crazy, and we can't wait to see what cosplayers do to recreate the suit!

Warner Bros. Pictures Shazam is set to hit theaters on April 5th, 2019.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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