Last month it was reported that the next DC movie slated for production will be Shazam. It’s set for a 2019 debut, and director David F. Sandberg has come out regarding what fans can expect from the movie.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Sandberg revealed that Shazam would be much lighter in tone than previous films in the DC Universe. “The big attraction for me with that character is the fact that every kid dreams of being Superman, right? I mean I certainly did, and [Billy Batson] is a kid that gets that chance,” he said. “He gets to become the superhero. So it’ll be big with superpowers in a way. In terms of what people can expect, I think this will be one of the more fun or lighthearted movies so far in the DC universe. It certainly will be a departure.”
Sanberg is known for his thriller Lights Out, and his horror sequel Annabelle: Creation arrives next weekend.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was previously announced for the role of Shazam’s nemesis Black Adam and is set to appear in a spinoff movie focusing on that character. It has now been confirmed, however, that he will not appear in the Shazam movie.
Shazam made his first appearance in 1939 as “Captain Marvel”. The character was purchased by DC in 1971, when he was renamed since Marvel’s already owner the name Captain Marvel. A live action Shazam TV show was broadcast in the mid-70s, with an animated show following in 1981.
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