With all the DCEU movies being panned by critics, and with Wonder Woman and Justice League not all that far away, it’s understandable that you’ve forgotten about Shazam!, the lightning-bolt-logoed, musclebound hero. The release date for the film is now in 2019 and the film has yet to announce a star to fill the red suit, though we do know that his nemesis, Black Adam, will be played by Dwayne Johnson. Beyond that, we don’t know all that much, but one of the film’s producers, Dany Garcia, took to Newsweek this week to give us an update.
via Newsweek and BDM:
“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.”
“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.”
“It needs to be of the world. You’ve got Justice League, Wonder Woman with a different director, so you’re going to see different points of view. I think by the time we land with (Shazam!) we’ll fit nicely within the world that’s been created, but not such a shorthand relationship. (It’ll be) enough that people say, ‘Oh, this is within the family,’ but the culture will be a little different.”
This is distinctly good news, as DC, in particular, has had a dreadful run of thinly written, underdeveloped villains, whether it be Doomsday or that God-person toward the end of Suicide Squad who is mortally wounded by a bomb.
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