Shazam Set To Be Part Of The DCEU
With all the craziness surrounding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League and Wonder Woman, a lot of us may have forgotten what other films are in the pipeline for the DC Extended Universe. It seems Warner Bros. is stick to its guns as producer Dany Garcia confirms that Shazam is set to be part of the DCEU.
The film is set up at New Line Cinema allowing for more freedom with the project. While speaking to Newsweek Garcia explained “Shazam is to live in the same world [as the other films] but we have incredible autonomy over this brand and franchise. We are working with a different team, different producers, directors… it’s a different set-up.”
She went on to talk about how BvS and Suicide Squad will affect the film saying “we don’t feel fettered by, or constrained by, the successes or failures and challenges of the other projects. That was a key component to our participation—that we be able to control the tone and the voice, and do it the way we want to.”
For anyone out there who doesn’t know Shazam follows the adventures of the young Billy Batson who gains superhuman/magical abilities, which are activated when he calls out the magic word. He is transformed into an adult version of himself with access to powers that allow him to go toe to toe with the likes of Superman.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is signed on to play the main villain Black Adam. When talking about the character Garcia stated “We’re getting [script] drafts in… it’s important to make sure we get the tone right for Black Adam, which is Dwayne’s part. We don’t mind taking our time. We’re being very careful with each act and scene to go back and layer in as much as possible.”
Many of the major role have not been cast yet, but they have some time as Shazam is slated for a 2019 released. So it seems we’ll be waiting a while to see the youngster with the superpower alter ego to hit theatres.