The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Shazam! looks set to be the next DC Cinematic Universe film to begin shooting either in January or February 2018.
Shazam is one of the oldest comic characters around, originally known as Captain Marvel. It focused on a young teenager, Billy Batson, who becomes the superhero when he utters the magic word ‘Shazam!’. The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.
The report states that sources that Shazam! is likely to be released sometime in 2019. There’s various films within the DCEU in development, but it looks more likely that Shazam! could be the first to take off. Currently The Flash is delayed as the project still hasn’t found a new director, the Wonder Woman sequel is in the early treatment writing stage and Joss Whedon’s Batgirl is stalled of a production date as he’s overseeing post-production and reshoots for Justice League. The report also states that the Suicide Squad sequel is eyeing a mid-2018 shoot date.
The Shazam! project has been in the works for a number of years at New Line, with Dwayne Johnson being the only actor attached to the project, playing the villain Black Adam since 2014. In January we learned that Black Adam would be getting his own standalone film and that Dwayne Johnson won’t be involved in the Shazam! film. In February it was revealed that David F. Sandberg would direct the project.
For one this news makes me curious as to whether or not we’ll see a reveal of who is finally playing Shazam! at San Diego Comic Con this weekend.